The Honey Production Insurance Program demonstrates SCIC's commitment to providing insurance products and services that meet the needs of specialized producers.View Terms and Conditions
All SCIC customers are required to complete an application for insurance. SCIC regulations require eligible producers to demonstrate legal, financial and operational independence from all other producers.
To obtain a contract of insurance, visit a customer service office to complete an application for insurance before March 31.
SCIC reserves the right to review any contract to ensure compliance with eligibility requirements. Where concerns are identified, the contract holder will be advised of these requirements in order to maintain their contract in future years.
Insurance for honey production is available for commercial beekeepers in Saskatchewan with a minimum of 100 colonies and registered with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission. Insurance will not be provided for colonies that have been moved for pollination or for colonies used to make splits or nucleus colonies after June 25.
The Honey Production Insurance Program is strictly for yield loss; there is no coverage for loss in quality.
Your coverage is determined using individual average yields per hive, based on 10 years of verified production information. For new producers or producers missing production years, the long-term area average yield will be used, based on provincial data. The provincial long-term area average yield for 2023 is 190 lbs/hive. Honey producers may select coverage at 50, 60 or 70 per cent of their average yield. Colonies must be viable honey producing colonies, and all producing colonies in an operation must be insured.
Insurance features and beekeeping practices are included in the terms and conditions a producer receives following insurance selection.
Honey Production Prices
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Beekeepers enrolled in the Honey Production Insurance Program are required to complete a Honey Hive Location Report and Stored Honey Report by June 25. SCIC will issue a Statement of Insurance following this including:
- insured crop (honey),
- total number of colonies insured, and
- individual yield guarantee.
When honey production ends, you will be required to complete a Production Declaration form. The Production Declaration form serves two important functions for your Crop Insurance contract:
- Production information is used to calculate your annual yield. If you do not complete a Production Declaration, your annual yield will be set at zero, reducing future coverage by 10 per cent for each year you fail to report.
- Production declaration information must be submitted before you can register a claim and should be filed as soon as you complete harvest.
If you are in a claim position, please contact your customer service office immediately so an adjuster can be assigned to assess your production. Claims must be reported by November 15. Your total harvested production information must be submitted before you can register a yield-loss claim. Claims filed between November 16 and December 31 will have indemnities reduced by 25 per cent; claims will not be accepted after December 31.
Honey Production Claim Calculation Example
The following is an example only and reflects a calculation of individual yield and claim payment.
You have 70% coverage on 500 hives and the long-term individual yield is 190 lbs/hive.
Your production guarantee is: 190 lbs x 70% = 133 lbs/hive
Your total production guarantee is: 133 lbs/hive x 500 hives = 66,500 lbs
In the fall, you harvest 45,000 lbs.
To calculate your yield-loss:
66,500lbs (total production guarantee) - 45,000 lbs (actual harvested production) = 21,500 lbs yield loss
Your yield-loss claim payment is: 21,500 lbs x $3.00 ($/lb) = $64,500
Paying the Premium
Your premium is due as soon as you receive your Statement of Insurance. However, your 2023 premium is interest-free until September 30, 2023. Interest will start to accrue October 1. If the account is paid by October 31, no interest will be charged. After October 31, interest will be charged at the beginning of each month until the account is paid in full. Any contract with outstanding premiums not paid or not having payment arrangements made by the March 31, 2024, deadline will not be eligible for coverage in 2024.