Updated: September 19, 2018
To give beekeepers more time to consider the value of the Production Insurance plan for bee mortality, they now have until
September 30 to enrol.
Programs like Production Insurance can be a vital lifeline when producers are faced with unpredictable losses.
“We would highly recommend that all beekeepers use the bee mortality program to protect their business against winter losses,” said Andre and Kathy Soetemans, beekeepers in western Ontario. “Just like any other insurance you buy it protects you against unforeseen losses. We wouldn't want to have to run our business without it.”
Risks beekeepers face
A look back at recent years shows that beekeepers face many risks beyond their control, such as weather conditions, disease, and pest infestations.
Production Insurance is here to help. When faced with unpredictable challenges, the
bee mortality plan can provide a vital lifeline to beekeepers and their businesses and can provide peace of mind when it is needed most.
How to enrol
Beekeepers who are applying for the first time should
contact Agricorp for help with the application process. Beekeepers can also
submit an application form by September 30.
How to renew your coverage
Beekeepers who are already enrolled in the bee mortality plan received a
Renewal Notice from Agricorp in August that outlines their coverage based on the previous year's coverage. If existing customers do not call Agricorp to change their coverage options, their coverage levels will automatically be renewed based on the details in their
2019 Premium rates
Annual premium = customer premium rate × insured colonies
|Insurable value options ($/colony)||Customer premium rate by coverage levels|
For more information, see the
How it works page in the bee mortality section of agricorp.com.
Please note: To be eligible for the bee mortality plan, producers must have a minimum of 50 colonies that overwinter in Ontario.
Other programs available to beekeepers
While the Production Insurance plan for bee mortality covers overwintered colony losses, the government offers many other programs that may also be helpful to beekeepers. Different programs cover different risks, giving producers comprehensive protection.
Production Insurance plan for honey: Covers yield reduction and crop loss.
AgriStability: Covers large margin declines.
AgriInvest: Covers small income declines.
SDRM: Edible Horticulture: Covers general losses and expenses.
|Program||Enrol by||Program year|
|Production Insurance for bee mortality||September 30, 2018||2019|
|AgriInvest||September 30, 2018||2017|
|SDRM: Edible Horticulture||February 1, 2019||2018|
|AgriStability||April 30, 2019||2019|
|Production Insurance for honey||May 1, 2019||2019|