Biosecurity Producer Program FAQs

Biosecurity Producer Program FAQs

What is Growing Forward 2 (GF2)?

A National program designed to develop the agricultural sector in Canada to make it competitive and profitable.

What is the GF2 Biosecurity Producer Program?

A government granting program that provides funds for Primary Agriculture Producers and Producer-Graders to implement on-farm biosecurity projects.

Who is a Primary Agriculture Producer?

A resident of Alberta or a registered entity located in Alberta responsible for the day to day management and work on the farm and which produce at least $10,000 worth of agricultural crops, livestock, or poultry products annually. It does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land. It includes certain producer communities (i.e. Hutterite Colonies) associated as non-for-profit organizations.

Who is a Producer-Grader?

An Alberta beekeeper that grades and packs honey produced in the person’s apiaries.

Who is a Producer-Grader?

An Alberta beekeeper that grades and packs honey produced in the person’s apiaries.

What is on-farm biosecurity?

A set of good management practices implemented at the farm level to prevent the introduction and spread of animal and plant diseases.

Is biosecurity important?

Yes. Animal and plant diseases are costly for producers; biosecurity stops diseases from entering farms and from spreading within and between farms. Biosecurity is not expensive, diseases are.

How do I know if my farm needs biosecurity improvements?

By answering a Risk Assessment questionnaire developed by your specific industry organization. Producers can answer the questionnaire by themselves, or they can choose to hire an expert in the field (veterinarian, agrologist, etc.) to do it for them. This cost will be reimbursed once the application is approved.

How do I apply for funding under GF2 biosecurity?

Download the Application form and the risk assessment for your own commodity;

Answer all the questions in the biosecurity risk assessment;

Complete the application form describing your project;

Obtain quotes for all activities in your project;

Obtain any permits required to complete your project;

Mail your risk assessment, application, quotes, and permits to the Biosecurity Program at:

Growing Forward 2 Animal Health Biosecurity Producer Program

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

301, O.S. Longman Building

6909 – 116 Street

Edmonton, AB T6H 4P2

Where can I find the application form and risk assessments? Where can I find more information?

Online at http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Animal Health Biosecurity: Dr. Hernan Ortegon (780-644-2148)

and/or Carolyn Jamieson (780-422-6630)

What happens after I submit my application and documents?

A committee will review and approve (or deny) your application. You will receive a letter informing you of the committee’s decision. If approved, you may now start your project. The GF2 biosecurity producer program will reimburse 50% of your project cost to a maximum of $30,000 per producer per year.

When will I get reimbursed for my project costs?

Once you complete all the project activities approved in your application, you must mail a final report including all receipts and proof of payment to:

Growing Forward Biosecurity Producer Program

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

9th Floor, O.S. Longman Building

6909 – 116 Street

Edmonton, AB T6H 4P2

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