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General Questions

  • Am I able to manage my SCIC business online?
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    You can access your Crop Insurance, AgriStability and Livestock Price Insurance accounts online.


    AgConnect

    AgConnect is SCIC’s web-based application for reviewing and submitting AgriStability information, available online 24/7.

    Using AgConnect allows you to: access your AgriStability information in one place, eliminate paperwork and tracking multiple files, easily file your forms online, view important historical information about your account and send supporting documents electronically.

      

    Getting Started with AgConnect

    All customers have been assigned an activation code for accessing AgConnect. If you need assistance with this, visit your nearest SCIC customer service office or phone 1.866.270.8450. Our great team can help you activate your AgConnect account.

    To learn more about AgConnect, click here.  To log into AgConnect, click here.


    CropConnect

    CropConnect allows you the flexibility to enter insurance selections, estimate costs with the insurance calculator, add or delete crops, select options and select levels of coverage. CropConnect provides complete personalized information and is conveniently accessible from any device.

    CropConnect also allows you to file your Seeded Acreage Reports, production and stored grain declarations or file a claim. 

     

    Getting Started with CropConnect

    All customers have been assigned an activation code for accessing CropConnect. If you need assistance with this, visit your nearest SCIC customer service office or phone 1.888.935.0000. Our great team can help you activate your CropConnect account.

    To learn more about CropConnect, click here. To log into CropConnect, click here.


    Livestock Price Insurance (LPI)

    Create a web account with LPI today to handle your insurance transactions online. You will need a valid email address and identification number to create a web accoun.

    Click here to create a web account. Click here to login if you already have a web account. 

    Additional resources relating to LPI business online can be found here.

     

    Privacy and Security

    Customers have the ability to update and control their personal settings. Passwords, email addresses and security questions can be updated and changed at your convenience. Your information is kept secure in accordance with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  • What does my farm insurance cover me for?
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    We want to make sure you understand your insurance coverage and the options available to you. Whether it's yield loss due to quality or quantity, crops failing to establish, wildlife damage to crops, predator attacks on livestock, declines in livestock prices or overall negative financial impacts to your bottom line, SCIC programs can provide the coverage you need.

    Contact us today to learn more about your coverage and business risk management options available. We understand each farm operation is different and there are many options available to manage your farm’s risk. Our experts provide straight-forward, informed answers to your insurance questions.

  • The weather isn’t cooperating. What are my insurance options?
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    At SCIC, we are proud to provide a wide variety of insurance options for your farm. If unfavourable weather is impacting your farm, business risk management programs like AgriStability may help. To participate in AgriStability for the 2022 program year, please contact us before June 30, 2022, and request a new participant package. 

    If you are a Crop Insurance customer, you may have coverage within one of our Weather-Based Programs or be eligible for an Establishment Benefit on your crop.

    Contact us today to learn more about your coverage and business risk options available. We understand each farm operation is different and there are many options available to manage your farm’s risk. Our experts provide straight-forward, informed answers to your insurance questions.

  • How can I customize my farm insurance?
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    At SCIC, we have a wide variety of insurance options to meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff are available across the province to help discuss which programs and options can work best to manage your farm’s risk. Contact your local SCIC office or call us toll-free at 1-888-935-0000 to customize your farm insurance.

    Each farming operation is different and there are many options to manage your risk. SCIC offers various crop selections and coverage options within the Crop Insurance Program, as well as additional risk protection through the AgriStability Program, the Livestock Price Insurance Program and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. All SCIC programs and services can work together to provide comprehensive risk management for your farm. 

  • What insurance is available for my livestock?
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    SCIC is pleased to offer a wide variety of insurance options for livestock producers – including Crop Insurance (forage coverage and weather-based forage programs), AgriStability, and the Livestock Price Insurance Program. Plus, the Wildlife Damage Program is also available to all Saskatchewan producers to provide compensation for wildlife damage to your crop in the field, stacked hay or greenfeed in the yard, or predator attacks on your livestock.

  • How is SCIC keeping staff and producers safe during COVID-19?
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    SCIC is taking additional precautions to keep our staff and the public safe during these unprecedented times. Full details are available here: scic.ca/covid-19


Crop Insurance

  • When can I submit my Production Declaration?
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    Track your detailed production and grade for each field and report to SCIC as soon as you finish harvest. 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 your future coverage by 10 per cent for each year you fail to report.

    Production Declaration information must be submitted before you can register a post-harvest claim and should be filed as soon as you complete harvest. This allows SCIC to process claims quicker and issue any potential payment sooner.

    Phone, email, fax or mail your production details to your local SCIC office or file using our online application, CropConnect.

    November 15 is the last day to file production details and post-harvest claims.

  • What is an Extension of Insurance?
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    An Extension of Insurance means you are insured for yield and quality losses occurring after November 15. The final adjustment will occur after harvest is complete but no later than June 10 of the following spring. Producers with an Extension of Insurance, and in a claim position, will receive a claim payment based on the crop production information and SCIC’s appraisal of the unharvested crop.

    If you experience harvest delays, contact your local SCIC office to request an extension or call us toll-free at 1-888-935-0000.

    Click here for information on Extension of Insurance. 

  • How does the Establishment Benefit work for fall seeded crops?
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    Fall crops seeded by September 30, and insured for yield-loss by March 31 of the following year, will be covered for spring-related establishment losses that are not winterkill related. 

  • How do quality factors work?
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    When selecting your Crop Insurance coverage, you have a determined production guarantee and a designated grade for the crop you are insuring.

    To determine the amount of compensation for quality loss, SCIC uses a formula that makes up the difference between the value of the harvested production and the value of the designated grade for the insured crop. The difference is known as a quality factor and this factor is applied to the harvested production when calculating the final Crop Insurance payment. 

  • Can I register for a Low-Yield Appraisal?
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    SCIC recognizes there is a cost to harvest a severely damaged crop. If the appraised yield falls below the established threshold level, SCIC can reduce the appraisal to zero based on the information gathered during the inspection. This threshold level is meant to reflect the approximate cost of harvesting a severely damaged crop. SCIC is mindful when working with producers to ensure they can put these types of crops to an alternate use and feed livestock.

    Click here to learn more. 

  • Does Crop Insurance have coverage against wildfires?
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    Crop Insurance customers who selected the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP) have coverage against dry conditions and fire. FRIP customers can manage and graze their grass as needed.

    For weather derivative programs, claims do not have to be filed; they are automatically calculated based on weather station data.

    Click here to learn more. 

  • What Crop Insurance coverage is available for producers impacted by dry conditions?
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    Coverage is available for Crop insurance customers who experience dry conditions this growing season.

    If a customer does not want to carry a crop through to harvest, they can file a pre-harvest appraisal. Crops carried through to harvest and with a reduced yield or loss in quality, may result in a post-harvest claim. Producers wanting to put insured acres to alternate use, must contact their local SCIC office or call 1-888-935-0000 prior to doing so.

    Click here to learn more. 

  • What if I decide to not harvest my crop, but bale it instead?
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    If you wish to put your insured acres to a use other than harvesting, you must notify SCIC prior to destroying or putting those acres to an alternate use. 

    Click here to learn more about Pre-Harvest Appraisals.

  • The weather isn’t cooperating. What are my insurance options?
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    At SCIC, we are proud to provide a wide variety of insurance options for your farm. If unfavourable weather is impacting your farm, business risk management programs like AgriStability may help. To participate in AgriStability for the 2022 program year, please contact us before June 30, 2022, and request a new participant package. 

    If you are a Crop Insurance customer, you may have coverage within one of our Weather-Based Programs or be eligible for an Establishment Benefit on your crop.

    Contact us today to learn more about your coverage and business risk options available. We understand each farm operation is different and there are many options available to manage your farm’s risk. Our experts provide straight-forward, informed answers to your insurance questions.

  • Why should I report my stored grain?
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    Unreported stored grain is considered new production and will be added to a producer’s final crop production total, potentially reducing yield-loss claim payments.

    Filing your stored grain information will result in more accurate claim payments. The deadline to file a Stored Grain Declaration is June 25. 

    You can phone, email, fax, or mail your Stored Grain Declaration to any SCIC customer service office or you can use CropConnect to complete declaration online.

  • Can I be in both Crop Insurance and AgriStability?
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    Absolutely! SCIC encourages producers to consider participating in both Crop Insurance and AgriStability Programs as part of a comprehensive risk management plan for their farming operation.

    With Crop Insurance, you have coverage for your crops from the start of seeding season until harvest is complete. Through AgriStability, you have even further coverage for other uncontrollable events throughout the year (such as rising input costs, falling commodity prices or unforeseen additional expenses. Since AgriStability accounts for the whole farm, the Program can provide benefit payments even if you also receive a Crop Insurance payment.

  • How are Crop Insurance prices set?
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    The base prices for grain crops are established on the basis of January price forecasts provided by the Market Analysis Group of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. These prices represent the expected farm gate market price for the coming crop year. As a producer, you have the option of selecting from a variety of price options, including: Base and Low Price Options; In-Season Price Option; and Contract Price Option. 

  • How is my Crop Insurance coverage calculated?
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    Crop Insurance covers both production and quality. Your coverage is based on what you have grown over the long term and the coverage option you selected.

    Please contact your local SCIC office or call us at 1-888-935-0000 to discuss the details of your farm's coverage. 

  • What is a premium discount or surcharge?
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    Premium discounts and surcharges acknowledge risk differences between customers. These discounts and surcharges are calculated using a customer’s individual history of losses and a comparison of individual loss history to area losses. When an increase in the number or size of losses is experienced, the discount, if present, is reduced or the surcharge is increased.

  • What is SCIC doing to reduce the spread of clubroot?
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    Clubroot is an important soil-borne disease that has the potential to impact yields on cruciferous crops (canola, mustard, etc.). Crop rotation is key to minimizing the impact and incidence of this disease. SCIC is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to inform Saskatchewan producers about the importance of rotation to manage clubroot. In some cases, if producers continue growing canola on the same land location and suffer a loss, their coverage may be reduced or denied.

  • What is yield trending?
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    Yield trending recognizes agronomic and production advancements and increasing a producer’s historical yields. Agronomic advancements may include improved farm management practices, technology, equipment and new crop varieties.
     


AgriStability

  • What if I decide to purchase grain to fulfill my contract?
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    In the event you cannot meet the obligations of the contract, you may decide to purchase inventory to fulfill the contract. The income and expense related to purchasing inventory to meet the shortfall of the contract is allowable, if the operation has the resources/capacity to produce the commodity at the amounts which are contracted.

    Click here to learn more or contact the AgriStability Call Centre at 1-866-270-8450.

  • Is the expense to buy-out a grain contract allowable for AgriStability?
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    Yes, however, it is the shortfall between the actual production amount the producer has the ability to deliver on and the volume committed to in the forward contract AgriStability will consider allowable. In situations where producers have not produced enough grain to fulfill their contracts, they are able to enter the expense incurred to buy out the shortfall of their contracts under code 9836 Commissions and Levies.  The shortfall represents only the quantity of the contract they were unable to fill, and not the cost to buy out the entire contract to obtain a better price. 

    Click here to learn more or contact the AgriStability Call Centre at 1-866-270-8450.

  • What is considered a contract buy-out?
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    This can vary from company to company, but in most cases, it is the difference between the amount the producer committed to deliver, and the actual amount they must meet for the commitments of the forward contract.

    Click here to learn more or contact the AgriStability Call Centre at 1-866-270-8450.

  • What is AgriStability?
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    AgriStability is designed to help farm operations facing large margin declines caused by production loss, increased costs or market conditions.

    AgriStability is an affordable, low-cost Business Risk Management (BRM) program offering:

    -protection for your whole farming operation
    -financial support to help offset large margin declines
    -personalized coverage based on your farm history
    -program information accessible anytime, anywhere with AgConnect

    AgriStability is a national program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) agreement on agriculture policy. CAP is a federal-provincial-territorial funding agreement that governs BRM programs, such as AgriStability and AgriInvest, to support Canadian agriculture.

  • Why should I submit my 2020 AgriStability program forms early?
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    Beat the rush and get your results sooner. Files are processed based on the order they are received. Submitting your 2020 program forms ahead of the deadline helps us process your files and any potential benefit payment quicker.


    Save time with AgConnect. When you submit files online through Agconnect, your information goes directly into SCIC's computer system, allowing work to begin on your file sooner. Contact our AgriStability Call Centre to set up your online account.

  • How does removing the Reference Margin Limit impact my operation?
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    The Reference Margin Limit (RML) has been removed from the AgriStability Program, retroactive to the 2020 Program year.

    Removal of the RML will allow the AgriStability Program to better support producers experiencing declines in farm income from factors such as production loss, increased costs and poor market conditions.

    Removing the RML will make the AgriStability Program more effective and equitable.

    Farming operations with low allowable expenses will see increased coverage and the opportunity to access larger benefits.

  • What is an interim benefit?
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    An interim benefit payment is an advance on your final AgriStability benefit payment. You can apply for an interim benefit if you need access to program funds before completing your program year.

    For 2021, Saskatchewan producers can apply for an interim benefit to receive 75 per cent of their estimated final benefit before completing their program year.

    The interim benefit is calculated based on the estimated margin decline or loss for the year when compared to the reference margin (historical average).

    Please call the AgriStability Call Centre at 1-866-270-8450 to apply and see if you may be eligible to receive an interim benefit.

  • When can I submit 2020 program forms?
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    The deadline to submit 2020 AgriStability program forms without penalty is September 30, 2021.

    Submitting program forms is part of the annual process for producers enrolled in AgriStability. The information provided determines whether each producer qualifies for a payment. It also ensures the farm’s reference margin, which payments are based upon, is up to date.

    Any 2020 program forms received after September 30, 2021, may be subject to a penalty fee. AgriStability benefits will be reduced by $500 per month; however, if no benefit is calculated, there is no penalty applied. Program forms, with penalty, must be submitted by December 31, 2021.

    Click here for more details»

  • The weather isn’t cooperating. What are my insurance options?
    Glad You Asked

    At SCIC, we are proud to provide a wide variety of insurance options for your farm. If unfavourable weather is impacting your farm, business risk management programs like AgriStability may help. To participate in AgriStability for the 2022 program year, please contact us before June 30, 2022, and request a new participant package. 

    If you are a Crop Insurance customer, you may have coverage within one of our Weather-Based Programs or be eligible for an Establishment Benefit on your crop.

    Contact us today to learn more about your coverage and business risk options available. We understand each farm operation is different and there are many options available to manage your farm’s risk. Our experts provide straight-forward, informed answers to your insurance questions.

  • Can I be in both Crop Insurance and AgriStability?
    Glad You Asked

    Absolutely! SCIC encourages producers to consider participating in both Crop Insurance and AgriStability Programs as part of a comprehensive risk management plan for their farming operation.

    With Crop Insurance, you have coverage for your crops from the start of seeding season until harvest is complete. Through AgriStability, you have even further coverage for other uncontrollable events throughout the year (such as rising input costs, falling commodity prices or unforeseen additional expenses. Since AgriStability accounts for the whole farm, the Program can provide benefit payments even if you also receive a Crop Insurance payment.

  • When can I enrol in AgriStability?
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    The deadline to enrol in AgriStabilty each year is April 30. For the 2021 program year the deadline to enrol has been extended to June 30, 2021. Producers enrolled in the program must pay their program fees by December 31 to be eligible to receive program benefits.

    To participate in AgriStability for the 2021 program year, please contact us and request a new participant package. 

  • How can I join AgriStability?
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    Applying for AgriStability is easy! Click here to request a call-backcontact your local SCIC office or call the AgriStability Call Centre (1-866-270-8450) and request a new participant package.

  • How much does it cost to be in AgriStability?
    Glad You Asked

    AgriStability is a low-cost Business Risk Management program. The program fee is $3.15 for every $1,000 of Contribution Reference Margin. A $55 fee is also applied to help cover administrative costs. All participants are given 30 days from the date on their Enrolment/Fee Notice or until the enrolment deadline whichever is later, to pay these fees without penalty.

  • How has private insurance payments changed within the AgriStability Program?
    Glad You Asked

     The AgriStability Program has changed how it treats private insurance payments (revenue).

    Previously, producers who received a private insurance payment had that revenue amount included in their AgriStability allowable income. Effective in the 2020 program year, this revenue will be excluded from the AgriStability benefit calculation; therefore, increasing a producer’s potential for an AgriStability benefit.

    The premium and any payment from private insurance will remain included in the reference margin.

  • How does the private insurance benefit calculation affect Crop Insurance customers?
    Glad You Asked

    Nothing will change with how premiums and payments from SCIC’s Crop Insurance Program are treated by AgriStability. Crop Insurance continues to be included as allowable income and expenses because the government contributes to a producer’s Crop Insurance premium. 

  • What is a considered private insurance program within AgriStability calculations?
    Glad You Asked

    For AgriStability, the "private insurance" programs applies to risk management programs where the producer pays the entire premium for their coverage, such as independent hail insurance, Global Ag Risk Solutions (GARS) gross revenue insurance and the Livestock Price Insurance Program (LPI).


Wildlife Damage

  • What are my options if waterfowl damage my crop?
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    Up to 100 per cent compensation is available on damage caused by ducks, geese, blackbirds and sandhill cranes.

    It is important to contact your local customer service office prior to harvesting or feeding and grazing any damaged crop so it can be assessed. Compensation is provided on a spot-loss basis and will be based on the yield loss of the crop in the damaged area.

    Click here for more information.

  • My livestock is being preyed on by wildlife, what can I do?
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    SCIC provides compensation to all Saskatchewan producers for injury or death to eligible livestock.

    Animals eligible for compensation include cattle, sheep, goats, bison, horse, hogs (excluding wild boar), elk and specialty livestock.Compensation is eligible on predation by coyotes, bears, cougars, lynxes, fox, wolves, bobcats, birds of prey, scavenging birds, raccoons, skunks, badgers, minks, weasels or any other wild animal causing injury or death to eligible livestock. Up to 100 per cent compensation is available for death and up to 80 per cent of the animal’s value to cover veterinary costs associated with injuries.

    Contact your local SCIC office or call 1-888-935-000 as soon as damage is discovered.

  • Am I eligible for Wildlife Damage Compensation?
    Glad You Asked

    All Saskatchewan producers are eligible to file a wildlife damage claim. The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides compensation to all Saskatchewan producers.

    You do not have to be a Crop Insurance customer to be eligible for compensation.

  • Wildlife damaged my bales. What can I do?
    Glad You Asked

    The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides compensation to producers who experience wildlife damage to alternate feed, stacked hay and forage. All Saskatchewan producers are eligible for wildlife damage compensation. You do not have to be a Crop Insurance customer to be eligible and there is no enrolment required to register a claim. 

    Report any damage to SCIC as soon as you notice it. Cotact your local SCIC office or call: 1-888-935-0000.


LPI

  • How do I use the Livestock Price Insurance Settlement Index?
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    Producers who purchased a Livestock Price Insurance policy enter their claim window in the final four weeks of the policy. Settlement values reflect weekly market conditions and are determined using data collected from various auction markets across western Canada. During the first three weeks of the claim window, producers are in a claim position when the settlement index is lower than the insured coverage. The policy holder must manually manage their claim in those first three weeks. If the settlement index for the fourth and final week is lower than the producer’s insured coverage, a claim will automatically calculate using any remaining insured weight on the policy. Settlement indices are published on Mondays. Click here to receive Livestock Price Insurance premium and settlement indices by email.

  • How can Livestock Price Insurance be of value to my operation?
    Glad You Asked

    Livestock Price Insurance (LPI) can help you protect your operation against unexpected price declines. In 2020, the Feeder and Fed Programs supported producers by paying over $6 M in indemnities. You can choose coverage to best suit your operation’s needs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To learn more about Livestock Price Insurance, its purpose and how it works, click here.

  • When is the last day to buy a Livestock Price Insurance Calf Policy?
    Glad You Asked

    Producers have until June 10, 2021 to purchase a Livestock Price Insurance Calf Policy. Purchasing hours are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CST. Livestock Price Insurance for the feeder and fed program can be purchased year-round. 

    Producers are encouraged to register for Livestock Price Insurance weekly premium and settlement emails. Monitoring price changes due to market fluctuations can help producers with making timely risk management purchase decisions. To subscribe to these regular updates, click here.

    If you have any questions, please contact SCIC at 1-888-935-0000.

  • Why should I buy Livestock Price Insurance?
    Glad You Asked

    Livestock Price Insurance can help protect your operation against market volatility and unexpected price declines. Many factors impact price fluctuations. Currently, there are few risk management programs available to Canadian livestock producers. The Livestock Price Insurance program is flexible and market driven, taking into account three areas of risk specific to Canadian cattle producers: price, currency and basis.

  • What is a Livestock Price Insurance Premium Table?
    Glad You Asked

    The Livestock Price Insurance Premium Table provides a snapshot into the future. Becoming familiar with the premium tables and how they fluctuate day-to-day will assist when making purchasing decisions. When you purchase coverage to establish a floor price, you can maximize market potential. In the final four weeks of the policy, if the market falls below the coverage you purchased, Livestock Price Insurance will pay the difference. If the market is above the coverage purchased, you can benefit by selling livestock into the higher market.

  • What is livestock price insurance?
    Glad You Asked

    SCIC administers the Livestock Price Insurance Program (LPI) to protect against market volatility. This program gives livestock producers protection against unexpected price drops on cattle and hogs over a defined perior of time. You can select from a variety of price insurance coverage options every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to find the best fit for your livestock operation.

  • How do I know if I’m in a claim position for my livestock insurance?
    Glad You Asked

    When you purchase livestock price insurance, your settle period (claim window) opens during the last four weeks of your policy. You can determine if you're in a claim position by monitoring weekly settlement prices during this period.

    Each Monday, the settlement prices for the previous week are published online. If the settlement price is below the insured price of your policy, you're eligible to submit a claim for a portion or all of your insured weight during claim hours.

    If you decide not to make a claim in the first three weeks of your claim window, the system will automatically settle your policy in the fourth and final week using that week's settlement prices. We encourage producers to check their policy and settlement prices before the expiration date. 

  • How are LPI settlement prices calculated?
    Glad You Asked

    The settlement price is derived from auction market data gathered from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta and not on an individual producer’s actual sales. As data is collected, it is sorted into two regions (Saskatchewan/Manitoba and Alberta), which correlate to the two premium tables representing index and coverage.

    Settlements are calculated weekly for cattle and monthly for hogs. The settlement price reflects current Western Canadian prices.

    To learn more about what to consider during your LPI settlement period, including how to make a claim and understand settlement data, watch our online video here.

  • How can I purchase a LPI policy?
    Glad You Asked

    Please visit any SCIC office or call 1-888-935-0000 to purchase LPI policies and make claims.

    You will have the option to pay your policies upfront or on account. If choosing to pay on account, you have until the expiry date of your policy to pay premiums, subject to interest charges at a rate of CIBC prime + 2 per cent. The policy will be due at the expiration date of the policy and must be paid in full.

  • When can I purchase calf price insurance?
    Glad You Asked

    LPI recognizes that some producers have changed their calving practices since the Calf Price Insurance Program was first introduced. As a result, the deadline to purchase calf coverage will be permanently extended by two weeks. This year's deadline will be June 10, 2021.

    Settlements will also be extended from December to the end of February. Depending on when policies were purchased, producers have until February 21, 2022, to make a claim.

  • What insurance is available for my livestock?
    Glad You Asked

    SCIC is pleased to offer a wide variety of insurance options for livestock producers – including Crop Insurance (forage coverage and weather-based forage programs), AgriStability, and the Livestock Price Insurance Program. Plus, the Wildlife Damage Program is also available to all Saskatchewan producers to provide compensation for wildlife damage to your crop in the field, stacked hay or greenfeed in the yard, or predator attacks on your livestock.

  • How is COVID-19 impacting the LPI and cattle markets?
    Glad You Asked

    LPI is a market-driven program. With market volatility, the LPI prices and coverage are impacted accordingly. For more information, visit lpi.ca and COVID-19 FAQs.


2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative

  • How do producers who are in lease/share agreements apply for the Drought Response Initiative?
    Glad You Asked

    1. Producers in lease/share agreements cannot apply for the same livestock twice. It is important producers are in discussion with their partners to determine the appropriate number of livestock being applied for per partner.

    2. Applicants in share/lease agreements must be the operator of livestock who incur extraordinary expense to be eligible for the Drought Response Initiative. 

    Examples:

    -A producer owns 100 cows that are leased to another producer. The owner is not actively involved in the care of the livestock nor incurring any extraordinary cost. Therefore, the owner is not eligible to apply for Drought Response Initiative.

    -A father, son and daughter are partners and active on the ranch. The ownership on the cattle is 50 per cent father, 25per cent son, 25 per cent daughter. All three partners file farm income in the province and they share expenses incurred on the livestock. All parties are eligible for the Drought Response Initiative and may apply separately at 50 per cent, 25 per cent, and 25per cent respectively.

    -Spouses are an informal partnership and share income and expense of their operation. They can apply separately and report their share or one or the other could apply for total inventory. 

    -Producers need to keep in mind, Drought Response Initiative cheques will be issued to the name appearing on the application.

  • If my expenses do not meet eligibility for payment two, will I have to return the first payment?
    Glad You Asked

    The second application and payment is the only one tied to an extraordinary cost assessment. Therefore, payment one is not contingent on an extraordinary cost assessment. However, both payments are eligible for audit to determine the claimed amounts are appropriate based on ownership, number of head, etc.   

  • How am I eligible for the maximum payment of $200 per head?
    Glad You Asked

    To be eligible for the maximum payment of $200 per head, the producer must incur an expense of $285 per head ($285 x 70% = $200). The producer must have 30 per cent higher expense than funds received under this initiative.  If the producer did NOT incur expenses to the maximum of $285 per head, then the payment will be prorated to reflect the true extraordinary cost.

    Example:  A producer has $180 per head in extraordinary expense

    $180.00 x 70% = $126.00/head

    $126 - $100.00 (first payment) = $26.00 per head

    A producer that has less than $142.00 per head in extraordinary cost will not be eligible for payment two because the producer already received $100 in the initial payment ($142 x 70%= $100).

  • How was the $285 per head extraordinary cost determined?
    Glad You Asked

    As part of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Agreement, AgriRecovery is intended to provide support for extraordinary costs associated with the disaster event. Extraordinary costs are costs the producer must take on to recover from a disaster, would not incur under normal circumstances, and are necessary to mitigate the impacts of a disaster.

    AgriRecovery covers 70 per cent of extraordinary costs associated with the event. The $200 per head payment was based on a calculation whereby $285 per head of extraordinary costs was estimated. This calculation took into consideration variations in local forage production and market variations.

    The amount allocated worked within cost-sharing structure.

  • How do I calculate the 15% of intended-to-breed females for 2022?
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    The 15 per cent is calculated using the total of all females bred in 2021.

    Example:

                    A producer has 150 cows and 75 heifers bred this past breeding season.

                    150 + 75 = 225 x 15% = 34 females are eligible as intended females to breed in 2022

    The calculation above demonstrates the maximum number of females - intended to be bred that can be claimed. When calculating the second payment, the 15 per cent value will be applied to the December 31 inventory.

    Note:  Applicants can only claim for animals they own or manage.

  • What is required of me for the 2021 Canada-Saskatchewan Drought Response Initiative payment one?
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    A producer will be required to complete the application which includes details of their eligible livestock inventory as of August 1, 2021. Inventory adjustments that are made after August 1, will be captured on the second application available on November 1, 2021.