Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


April 11, 2007 09:43 ET

AAFC: New Brunswick Agri-Environmental Program Modified

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The federal and New Brunswick governments today announced changes to the Canada-New Brunswick program for the implementation of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). The changes announced today will increase the maximum amount of funding available to producers for the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices on their farms.

Canada's maximum contribution per eligible applicant is increasing from $30,000 to $50,000 for implementation of BMPs. The program is delivered in New Brunswick by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture.

Funded under the Agricultural Policy Framework, the program helps producers adopt practices that enhance agricultural sustainability and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment.

"Canada's New Government believes in finding practical ways to improve the environment and we encourage producers to benefit from this program by adopting more beneficial management practices," said the Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, Mike Allen, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "We will continue to work with our provincial partners to promote farm practices which result in a healthier environment for all Canadians."

"We are pleased with these changes to the environmental programs under the Agricultural Policy Framework," said Ronald Ouellette, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture. "These changes will provide enhanced funding toward on-farm activities associated with protecting the environment."

Producers are now also eligible for funding toward additional beneficial management practices aimed at conserving water use on the farm, reducing soil erosion and sustainable pest management.

Since it was launched in 2005 the program has provided $1.81million to the farm community for the development of environmental farm plans and the implementation of 368 related projects.

The federal-provincial program will provide $4.47 million in technical support and financial incentives through until 2008.

Information and application forms for Canada-New Brunswick Program for the Implementation of BMPs are available from the local offices of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture (NBDAA) or by visiting the NBDAA's web site at

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613 759-7972
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
    Alain Bryar