AFSC ready: Un­har­vested acres num­ber one pri­or­ity

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Bargaineer -

Af­ter a range of chal­lenges last sea­son, Agri­cul­ture Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (AFSC) stands ready to help pro­duc­ers as they move into the 2020 crop year.

Agri­cul­ture Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (AFSC) is a pro­vin­cial Crown cor­po­ra­tion that pro­vides pro­duc­ers, agribusi­nesses and other small busi­nesses with loans, crop in­sur­ance and farm in­come dis­as­ter as­sis­tance.

As we be­gin what is now a late spring, AFSC’s num­ber one pri­or­ity is the large range of po­ten­tial claims on over one mil­lion acres of un­har­vested acres.

“Our ad­justers have been work­ing hard, and we’ve ge­o­graph­i­cally moved them to meet peak needs. We’ve as­signed the ma­jor­ity of cases re­ceived to our ad­justers and ex­pect to have the bulk of out­stand­ing in­spec­tions and wildlife claims com­pleted this week, weather pend­ing,” shared Jerry Bouma, In­terim Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

“We of­fer a unique set of fi­nan­cial prod­ucts and ser­vices. If there was ever a need for AFSC’s role and man­date, that time is now upon us,” ex­plained Bouma. “AFSC has sim­pli­fied op­er­a­tions to max­i­mize the ef­fi­ciency of its claims process. Our goal is to have min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to farm­ers this sea­son.”

Although the COVID-19 pan­demic has shifted how AFSC, like many other busi­nesses, ap­proaches dayto-day op­er­a­tions, staff are avail­able by phone or email to help pro­duc­ers ar­range in­spec­tions, pur­chase in­sur­ance, en­rol in AgriSta­bil­ity, re­quest a loan or an­swer ques­tions. Branch of­fices re­main open but have re­stricted pub­lic ac­cess. AFSC ex­ists to serve the Al­berta agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity—and Re­la­tion­ship Man­agers and Claims Ad­just­ing Ser­vices are avail­able to help clients get ready for the grow­ing sea­son ahead.

Pro­duc­ers with un­har­vested acres are en­cour­aged to con­tact their AFSC of­fice. AFSC clients can find more in­for­ma­tion on un­har­vested acres by vis­it­ing AFSC’s Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions on AFSC.ca or by con­tact­ing their lo­cal AFSC branch of­fice.

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