ASRA-qualifying acres raised for Que. grains

Quebec cereal, grain corn and oilseed growers will soon have to commit at least 37 acres to those crops to cover them under the province’s ag income stabilization program (ASRA).

The province last week said it would change the parameters for those growers, requiring at least 15 hectares of fields in those crops.

That roughly equals five per cent of the average acres committed to those crops on farms where they’re grown, the province said.

The minimum acres required for ASRA coverage of all other ag commodities are set at 10 per cent, the province noted.

However, since several farms have already booked and paid for their inputs for the 2011 growing season, La Financiere agricole de Quebec (FADQ), which administers ASRA, will put a one-year grace period on the new rule.

All farms will be covered whether they declare at least 15 hectares (37 acres) or the previous minimum of 10 (25 acres) seeded to cereals, grain corn or oilseeds out of their total acreage, the agency said.

Farmers with questions about the new policy for ASRA should contact their local service centres, FADQ said.

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