Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Advance Payments Program?

    The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program which provides agricultural producers with easy access to low-interest cash advances. Under the program, producers can access up to $1,000,000 per program year in advances based on the value of their agricultural product, with the Government of Canada paying the interest on the first $100,000 advanced to a producer. Advances are repaid as the producer sells their agricultural product, with up to 18 months to fully repay the advance for most commodities.

    As a farmer, an APP advance can help you to meet your financial needs, such as farm input costs, immediate financial obligations, and product marketing costs. It can also allow you to make the decision to sell your agricultural products based on market conditions rather than the need for cash flow.

    APP advances are available through 35 participating Producer Organizations, that is, APP Administrators, across Canada. Manitoba Crop Alliance is one of the 35 administrators, and one of three administrators in Manitoba.

    To learn more, visit Government of Canada website here.

  • How much am I eligible to receive?

    Under the Advance Payments Program (APP), you may be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 per program year, with:

    • the federal government paying the interest on the first $100,000 per program year; and
    • preferential interest rates on advance amounts over $100,000.

    Your cash advance is calculated based on up to 50% of the anticipated value of the eligible agricultural products that you are producing or have in storage. You cannot have more than $1,000,000 in advances outstanding at any one time with any APP administrator.

  • What you need as security for an advance

    Your advance must be secured. The security required will depend on the type and state of the agricultural product at the time you apply.

    • The agricultural product on which the advance is based is always required as security.
    • For advances on agricultural products that are in production, additional security is required. This includes one or more of the potential proceeds from a relevant business risk management program (AgriInsurance, AgriStability or Global Ag Risk Solutions) or another acceptable form of security.

    The advance amount you are eligible to receive will be limited by the level of security you are able to provide.

    If you are declared in default, the security, including assigned program payments, may be used to pay off your advance.

    For more information on acceptable forms of security, please contact our office.

  • What crop types does Manitoba Crop Alliance issue APP advances on?

    Farmers in Manitoba can apply for a cash advance on over 35 different crop kinds, including cereals, grain corn, oilseed crops, pulses, speciality crops, hay and grasses, and honey.

  • Do I need to be a Manitoba Crop Alliance member to apply for an APP cash advance?

    No. Any eligible farmer who meets the criteria outlined in the application form can apply for an advance with Manitoba Crop Alliance. To be eligible, farmers must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

    A corporation, cooperative, or partnership can apply of which the majority interest is held by Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must also be the age of majority in the province of operation; have produced/be producing and own the agricultural product; and be responsible for its marketing.

  • What are Manitoba Crop Alliance’s advance rates?

    The advance rates can be found on the Rates & Fees page. The advance rates are calculated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and is intended to reflect 50% of the selling price for a given crop type. Advance rates are determined at the beginning of a program year but can be adjusted by AAFC at any time.

  • How long will it take to receive my advance once I have submitted my application?

    Once staff worked with you to have a fully completed application on file, funds can be advanced in as little as three to five business days.

  • Do I have an option as to how I can receive my advance once approved?

    You can choose to receive a cheque (unless otherwise indicated by your banking institution) where we will mail your cheque via Canada Post Xpresspost. You can also choose direct deposit to your banking institution.

  • When do I need to repay my APP advance?

    APP cash advances must be repaid as the crop types listed on your application and that were advanced on are sold; the earlier of 30 days from receiving payment or 60 days from delivering the commodity, without missing the final repayment deadlines listed in the Dates and Deadlines page. Repayments made outside of those deadlines may be subject to an interest penalty.

    To calculate the minimum repayment, multiply the Advance Rate by the number of units sold.

  • How can I repay my APP advance?

    You have a few options. You can mail a cheque, including your APP ID number and any receipts (if necessary) to the Manitoba Crop Alliance. Our mailing address is Box 188, Carman, Manitoba, R0G 0J0. You can also drop off payment in-person at our office location at 38-4th Avenue NE, Carman, Manitoba. If you are dropping by before or after office hours, there is a secure drop box available at the front of our building.

    You can also make payment through your financial institution. If you have questions about setting up Manitoba Crop Alliance as a payee, call us at 1-204-745-6661 or 1-877-598-5685.

  • Do I need to submit receipts when I make a payment against my APP advance?

    Proof of sale must accompany repayments made on crop commodity advances between February 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 for the 2020 program year. The proof of sale (receipts) must be in the name the advance is taken out on.

  • What happens if I go into default?

    If you do not meet the obligations of the application and repayment agreement, your account will be placed in default. Several things will occur, including:

    • The interest-free benefit is lost.
    • Default interest is charged at prime +1% on the outstanding balance from the date the advance was issued to the date of default.
    • Default interest is charged at prime +3% on the outstanding balance from the date of default until repaid in full.
    • A one-time default management fee of 2% is applied to the outstanding balance after the default notice.
    • When in default, you may not be ineligible to apply for a future advance for a set period. The length of time will depend on how long it takes for full repayment of the advance including any fees and default history. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of your APP application for further information.
  • How can I find out the outstanding balance of my account?

    Manitoba Crop Alliance will periodically mail statements to each of our clients. However, if you wish to know the outstanding balance on any given day, please call the office at 204.745.6661 or toll free 1-877-598-5685 where our staff can assist you.

  • What is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s role in the APP?

    In addition to guaranteeing the repayment of APP advances and paying the interest on the first $100,000 advanced to each producer per program year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s Financial Guarantee Programs Division (FGPD) is responsible for providing federal oversight by working together with all APP Administrators to ensure that the program is administered in a manner that:

    • is efficient with respect to the cost to government
    • is focused on providing benefit to Canadian producers
    • respects the annual Advance Guarantee Agreements, Program Guidelines, the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act and its Regulations
  • What is the role of APP Administrators (Manitoba Crop Alliance) in the APP?

    APP Administrators sign annual tripartite agreements with their Financial Institution and the Minister of Agriculture, which authorizes them to deliver the program to producers. Once their agreement is signed, APP Administrators become responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the program. They assess a producer's eligibility, coordinate the application process, determine advance amounts, and manage the producer's file until full repayment, while respecting the terms and conditions of their agreements.

Learn more about the 2020 APP rates & fees.

Rates & Fees

Read about the important dates and deadlines for the 2020 program year for the Advance Payments Program.

Dates & Deadlines

Manitoba Crop Alliance offers farmers multiple options to apply for an APP cash advance. Get more information details for applying for the Advance Payments Program.

How To Apply

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