Livestock producers in Athabasca, Barrhead, Westlock, and neighboring districts have until Feb. 22 to apply for grants under a federal-provincial program aimed at assisting those who have had to alter their grazing practices due to drought conditions. The eligibility for the Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance Initiative has been expanded to 23 new regions, with producers able to apply for financial support to cover losses incurred while managing and maintaining female breeding animals. The grants require a minimum of 15 animals per type of livestock, with payments of up to $150 per head. The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 22, 2024, and extraordinary costs can occur until March 31, 2024. Funding for the initiative is provided through the Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Partnership, with administration handled by the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. To apply, producers must go to the AFSC website and follow the instructions. Agriculture officials have expressed their commitment to supporting Alberta’s producers and the expansion of the initiative will allow more producers to receive critical support for their breeding herds.