Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 24, 2006 15:09 ET

AAFC/National Farm Stewardship Program: Funding Limit Increased to $50,000

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2006) - Producers with a reviewed Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) now have access to $50,000, up from $30,000, to implement on-farm Beneficial Management Practices such as manure storage and treatment technologies or wetland restoration.

"Increasing the funding cap makes the National Farm Stewardship Program more responsive to producer needs," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "The funding increase is another example of Canada's New Government's commitment to providing producers with financial and technical assistance to help them reduce the environmental risks on their farms."

"Manitoba producers take their responsibilities as stewards of the land very seriously and know they have much to gain by incorporating the best available environmentally sustainable business practices," said Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk. "Increased funding will stimulate more involvement by producers, encouraging them to move forward with larger projects."

Producers with a reviewed EFP can apply for funding to put their stewardship plans into action. For more information on the EFP program and the National Farm Stewardship Program, producers can call 1-800-667-8567 or visit www.agr.gc.ca/env/efp-pfa. Information is also available in Manitoba at local Growing Opportunities (GO) Centres and Offices.



Beneficial management practices are farm management practices that:

- minimize and mitigate impacts and risks to the environment, by
maintaining or improving the quality of soil, water, air and
biodiversity;

- ensure the long-term health and sustainability of natural
resources used for agricultural production and,

- support the long-term economic and environmental viability of the
agriculture industry.


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is working with provincial, territorial and industry partners to develop programs and promote sound farm stewardship practices that contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment for all Canadians and safer, healthier food for consumers. For more information on AAFC's environment programs and services, visit www.agr.gc.ca or call 1-800-667-8567.

BACKGROUNDER

National Farm Stewardship Program: What Producers Need to Know

Producers who have completed and reviewed their Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) are eligible to apply for financial and technical assistance through the National Farm Stewardship Program (NFSP) and Greencover Canada (www.agr.gc.ca/greencover-verdir) to implement Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) identified in their EFP.

Through the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, approved applicants are eligible for a maximum of $50,000 in federal funding over the life of the NFSP. Funding levels and criteria for each BMP can vary from province to province. Provincial and federal incentive levels vary between BMP categories. Federal cost share levels are either 30 percent or 50 percent and maximum project funding limits apply to each BMP category.

A national list of BMP categories and associated practices has been developed to identify those BMPs eligible for assistance under the program. Only BMPs that meet established criteria for the program are included on the national list. Province or territory-specific lists identify which BMPs from the national list are eligible for financial and technical assistance within each province. Please refer to provincial program information for a listing of specific BMPs eligible in each province. In Manitoba call the Farm Stewardship Association of Manitoba at 204-694-0062 or toll free at 1-866-872-8521 or visit the following Website: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/soilwater/farmplan/index.html. Provincial information is also available in Manitoba at local GO Centres and GO Offices.

In cooperation with the provincial and territorial governments and industry, the national BMP list is updated on annual basis. This will help ensure that AAFC and the provinces and territories can continue to support the agricultural industry in adapting to changing environmental issues and implementation of new and emerging technologies to advance the stewardship of the land, water, air and biodiversity.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Communications Services, Manitoba
    Diane Coble-Kendall
    Communications Coordinator
    204-945-3811
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059