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Apiculture - Assurance System Producer Program

The Assurance System Producer Program provides apiarists with a rebate for approved eligible equipment expenses that improve biosecurity practices. Eligible applicants must meet the program criteria below.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a rebate if:

  • You are a Saskatchewan apiarist (individual, partnership, corporation or First Nation);
  • Individual applicants are at least 18 years of age;
  • You file income tax demonstrating a minimum $15,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year of application or the year prior to the application; or
  • You are a Saskatchewan First Nation individual or a First Nation carrying out the business of farming and can demonstrate a minimum $15,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year of application or the year prior to the application;
  • You have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number;
  • You have completed the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission Biosecurity training; and
  • You have completed an on-site self-assessment and the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report which has been validated by the Provincial Apiculturist.

For the purposes of the program, related applicants are subject to the maximum program rebate of $15,000. Related applicants include spouses, relatives in the same residence or individuals who have controlling interests in more than one operation.

Applicants who share livestock facilities will be considered one operation and subject to the maximum rebate of $15,000.

Maximum program rebate is per operation which may include more than one project location or a related applicant and includes Assurance System Producer Program funding from all species on the operation (beef, apiculture, sheep, etc.).

For clarification regarding eligibility, related applicants or shared facilities, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.

Rebate Details

Funding is available for approved eligible equipment. Equipment must be installed and/or functional to be eligible for rebate. Pictures may be requested.

Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum program payment of $15,000.

  • Step 1: Complete the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission Biosecurity training.
  • Step 2: Complete an on-site self-assessment using the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report and have it validated by the Provincial Apiculturist.
  • The Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report must be validated by the provincial apiculturist before any equipment purchases are made.

Program payments are subject to a minimum rebate of $250.

Training

Information on the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission Biosecurity training is available by emailing the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission.

On-site Self-Assessment and Equipment Report Validation

The producer completes an on-site self-assessment using the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report. Once completed, the report is provided to the Provincial Apiculturist for validation. The Provincial Apiculturist reviews and validates the report and a copy is returned to the producer.

Note: The Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report must be completed electronically and a copy provided to the provincial apiculturist to validate. Handwritten reports will not be accepted.

Download the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report for Apiculture

Before you apply

  • Review eligibility;
  • Complete the Biosecurity training available through the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission; and
  • Complete an on-site self-assessment using the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report and have it validated by the provincial apiculturist

Eligible Expenses

Items below are rebated at 50 per cent of eligible costs to the maximums where indicated. Items must be identified on the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report, validated by the provincial apiculturist, to be considered for funding. There is no limit to the number of equipment items an apiarist may purchase within the program maximums. Items as identified on the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report, regardless of risk level, will be considered for funding.

Eligible items include:

Biosecurity Improvements

  • Paraffin dipping equipment to treat and sanitize wood beekeeping equipment;
  • Wax melters (old/diseased comb removal):
  • American foulbrood (AFB) and European foulbrood (EFB) testing kits;
  • Refrigeration units for wax moths and small hive beetle control;
  • Microscope and equipment for detecting Nosema and other diseases:
    • Must include magnification of 40X, 100X and 400X; 
  • Hemocytometer for Nosema and other disease testing;
  • Mobile 3000 psi or greater pressure washer; and
    • Hot water or bleach sprayer including hoses and nozzles.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Start-up operations i.e. locations where facilities with permanent infrastructure necessary for beekeeping did not previously exist;
  • Expenditures prior to date of the provincial apiculturist's validation of the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report and program launch of November 2, 2018;
  • Equipment or items not recommended or identified on the Biosecurity Equipment Recommendation Report;
  • Training costs;
  • Staff training for equipment;
  • Equipment or items such as windbreaks, windbreak panels, concrete, paddock slabs, water bowls or water appliances;
  • Applicant, employee or third-party salaries or labour and installation costs or administration costs;
  • Basic repair and maintenance or ongoing expenses;
  • Purchase of buildings or construction of new buildings, additions, or building modifications;
  • Cost for use of own equipment, tools;
  • Fabricated items or equipment not purchased from a recognized dealer. For the purposes of the program, a recognized dealer is typically defined as a business where manufacturing is a key service of the business or the business is an authorized dealer for a certain item(s);
  • Leased, used or self-made equipment, including any equipment purchased at auction;
  • Extended warranty or insurance costs;
  • Financing, interest, legal fees or taxes;
  • In-kind materials;
  • Plumbing and electrical expenses; and
  • Shipping, freight or brokerage fees.
  • Any submissions for rebate utilizing a third-party vendor must be from a vendor who is third party arm's-length, or the claim will be funded based on the actual purchase price and require the submission of original invoices.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

All applications must be received by December 31, 2022.

Apply

Download the Assurance System Producer Program Rebate Application - Apiculture

Note: It is recommended this application form be saved to your computer before entering in the information.

Completed applications can be submitted by email to Programs Branch or by mail to:

Assurance System Producer Program
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 - 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK  S4S 0B1

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