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No special help for flooded farmers: Ritz

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 18, 2014 - 3:03 PM |
The swollen Assiniboine River covers farmland along Grand Valley Road west of Brandon, Man. on July 6, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith

The swollen Assiniboine River covers farmland along Grand Valley Road west of Brandon, Man. on July 6, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith

WINNIPEG - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Ottawa is not offering Prairie farmers any special help to recover from this year's flood.

Ritz told a news conference in Winnipeg that affected farmers will be eligible to apply for help under existing insurance programs.

He says those programs worked well for those affected by the 2011 flood and they will serve farmers well now.

It's estimated at least four million acres of farmland in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have been damaged by flooding.

Doug Chorney, head of Keystone Agricultural Producers, says farmers were hoping to hear more from the federal government.

He says farmers in Manitoba have been battered by flooding and many will be forced to leave the industry if they don't get extra help.

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