Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA)
The Agricultural Marketing Programs Act offers two programs to assist producers and marketing agencies to market their commodities/products, the Advance Payments Program and the Price Pooling Program. These programs are not new as they were formerly offered under separate legislation.
AMPA amalgamated the Prairie Grain Advance Payments Act (PGAPA), Advance Payments for Crops Act (APCA) and the Agricultural Products Cooperative Marketing Act (APCMA).
Further information and programs details can be viewed on the National Marketing Programs Internet site at the following address: http://www.agr.ca/misb/nmp
The Advance Payments Program provides producers with cash advances at harvest of up to $250,000 with the first $50,000 interest free. A cash advance allows the producer to store the crop and sell it throughout the year to achieve higher returns. The Program is easily accessible through the Canadian Wheat Board and approximately 50 other producer organizations which administrate the program through an agreement with the Federal Government
The Price Pooling Program provides initial payment to producers for products delivered to the pool. It also covers eligible costs incurred by the agency for products sold under a cooperative plan. The program provides a price guarantee that protects the marketing agencies and its producers against unanticipated declines in the market price of their products. Producers can benefit from the program through six marketing agencies currently administrating it. The program would also be open to existing or newly developed marketing agencies.
Who is eligible?
Advance Payments Program: Producers of field crops, maple syrup, honey and ranch raised fur.
Price Pooling Program: Producers of all agricultural commodities, including processed product, that is marketed under a cooperative plan.
How to obtain services?
Applications for the Advance Payments Program can be obtained from the Canadian Wheat Board and the other producer organizations offering the program. Applications for the Price Pooling Program can be obtained from the marketing agencies offering the program.
A list of participating organizations can be obtained from the respective Program Manager at the address listed below.
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