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Producer Rebate

The Assurance System Producer Rebate provides support to increase producer participation in biosecurity, animal welfare and on-farm food safety initiatives.

There are two streams: Livestock and Plant Biosecurity.

Livestock Stream

Supports producers in livestock, poultry and apiculture sectors with farm or ranch assurance programs to meet and validate adherence to national standards or codes. This can include assistance with:

  • Meeting national mandatory or voluntary standards and seeking certification; and
  • Improving producer understanding of biosecurity and animal welfare needs and adopt improved practices through education and awareness, veterinarian/technical expert assessments, audits, and equipment funding.

Livestock Stream includes the following sectors:

  • Apiculture, beef, dairy, sheep, goat, bison, cervid, swine and poultry producers.

Plant Biosecurity Stream

Helps producers meet the biosecurity needs of the greenhouse production, fruit and vegetable, and herb and spice sectors.

Funding

  • Livestock Stream: Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum rebate of $15,000.
  • Plant Biosecurity Stream: Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum rebate of $5,000. 

The minimum program payment is $250.

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1. Eligibility

Eligible applicants:

  • Apiculture, beef, dairy, sheep, goat, bison, cervid, swine and poultry producers.
  • Fruit , vegetable, herb and spice producers and producers in greenhouse production.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Saskatchewan producers; and 
  • Demonstrate a minimum level of gross farm income in Saskatchewan.
  • If applicant is involved with livestock operations, they must have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number.

Eligible producers must also receive the industry training or an assessment completed by an approved assessor in the applicable application stream to be eligible for a rebate. 

Beef cattle producers may utilize the Verified Beef Production Plus audit equipment recommendations, validated by their veterinarian.

Eligible activities or items include:

Livestock Stream:

  • Funding is available for assessments and for eligible equipment and expenses approved and determined for each species. 
  • Veterinarian assessment forms and approved equipment lists that relate to your operation are available in the Related Links below.
  • The maximum rebate for assessments is $1,000 (this can include more than one assessment/follow-up assessment); 
  • Assessments must be completed by a licensed veterinarian in Saskatchewan;  
  • Assessments must be completed to receive equipment funding; and
  • Producers must take training in the sector code of practice or biosecurity standard, where available.

Equipment/eligible items must be listed to qualify. The list of eligible equipment purchases may change subject to development of new/updated industry-specific national standards or codes of practice.

Plant Biosecurity Stream:

  • Equipment/eligible items must be listed to qualify. The list of eligible equipment purchases may change subject to development of new/updated industry-specific national standards or codes of practice.
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2. Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:
  • Used or leased equipment;
  • Taxes, financing fees, interest, or legal fees;
  • Applicant/employee labour and installation costs; 
  • Corporate administration costs;
  • Basic repair and maintenance of equipment or ongoing expenses;
  • Plumbing and electrical expenses;
  • Extended warranty or equipment insurance;
  • Equipment purchases before the date of an approved assessment;
  • Buildings or structures;
  • Staff training for equipment (excluding eligible training by a veterinarian);
  • Self-made equipment pieces;
  • Wood constructed items (panels, pens, alleyways);
  • Equipment fabricated by entrepreneurs (neighbour / local welder etc.); and
  • Items not listed on the approved eligible equipment list. 
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3. Deadlines

Applications for both program streams will be accepted on an ongoing basis. All claims must be received by December 31, 2022.
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4. Apply

Rebate application forms are available in the Related Links below.

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