Posted Sep. 19, 2018
Submitting program forms ensures producers are meeting a key program requirement for accessing their AgriStability benefits. The information submitted on the form details the farm’s situation for the program year. A farm’s coverage is based on the comparison between this program year information and a producer’s reference margin, which is the historical financial profile of the farm. Benefits are generated when the farm’s program year falls below 70 per cent of their reference margin. Keeping your AgriStability Program information current and up-to-date is important. If a producer does not file annually, there will be a gap in the information needed to build the reference margin and this will cause delays when processing future program forms.
Any 2017 program forms received after September 30, 2018, are 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. December 31, 2018, is the final deadline for submitting program forms with penalty.
AgriStability participants can choose to use the secure web-based application, AgConnect, to submit their program forms online. Using AgConnect allows producers to access their AgriStability information in one place, available online 24/7, and eliminates the paperwork and tracking of multiple files. Information submitted through AgConnect enters SCIC’s system directly, allowing files to be processed more quickly. In addition, AgConnect stores the producer’s data each year they use it so it is easy to file and compare information year to year.
If producers were in Crop Insurance last season, they can easily access last year’s acres and crop production information for their farm. Simply call SCIC and ask for your AgriStability Preparation Report. With this in hand, producers can finish their AgriStability Program forms quicker than ever before.
Knowledgeable staff are readily available to help producers with their AgriStability information and to activate their AgConnect account. Customers can contact the AgriStability call centre at 1-866-270-8450 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact:
Tessa Krofchek, Communications Consultant
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is a provincial Treasury Board Crown Corporation under the portfolio of the Minister of Agriculture. The Corporation provides local service to Saskatchewan producers and continues to focus on its progress to meet the changing needs of the province's farmers and ranchers. SCIC is responsible for administering a suite of business risk managed programs: Crop Insurance AgriStability, Wildlife Damage Compensation Program and the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program. There are 21 SCIC Customer Service Offices throughout Saskatchewan. scic.ca