The federal government is contributing $1.2 million to back poultry-industry reciprocal insurance programs for diseases.
The national egg agency gets $408.485. Two Quebec marketing boards, one for hatching egg producers, the other for chickens, are getting funding.
Deborah Whale of Wellington County led efforts to establish protocols for reciprocal insurance programs for poultry and livestock. There was no industry uptake at the time.
Egg farmers were interested, mainly because of the risk of having flocks condemned for salmonella.
Now the interest is for coverage related to highly-pathogenic avian influenza.
Two million birds have died or been sacrificed for control on 109 premises in Canada this year.