Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program FAQs

Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program FAQs

What is the Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program?

The Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship (CFO) Program is designed to support producers with cost share grant funding and technical assistance to help them implement management practices or make infrastructure changes that will reduce the risk of agricultural contaminants entering surface and ground water supplies. For intensive livestock operations one of the greatest risks to surface and ground water is manure storage and management. Please refer to the Funding list to view eligible and ineligible projects.

Am I eligible to apply for funding?

You are eligible to complete and submit a program application to the CFO Stewardship Program if you:

Are an active producer operating in Alberta;

Are a Confined Feeding Operation (as defined in the Program Terms and Conditions)

Fulfill at least one of the following pre-requisites: a) have received an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) certificate or letter of completion and have the certificate or letter in your possession, or b) have completed a CFO Site Assessment with a qualified AF staff member.

Who is not eligible to apply for funding?

Agri-businesses offering custom services, consulting services or general services to agricultural clients, grazing reserves, research stations, universities and other organizations funded in whole or in part by the Government are considered “ineligible applicants” and cannot apply for funding.

What is a CFO Site Assessment Checklist? How do I complete one?

A CFO Site Assessment Checklist is completed during an on-farm visit by an AF Confined Feeding Operation Extension Specialist. The purpose of the checklist is to assimilate all the known information about the site of your livestock facility and discuss your operation with a knowledgeable AF staff member who can provide further details and information about the CFO Stewardship Program, AOPA legislation and the permitting process, and help you decide the best plan of action to making changes on your operation that will benefit your business and the environment. Call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM(3276) who can redirect you to the CFO Extension Specialist available in your area.

Do I need to complete an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) AND a CFO Site Assessment Checklist before I can apply?

No. You need to complete one or the other; though completing the CFO Site Assessment Checklist is recommended because the AF CFO Extension Specialist can also take the opportunity to discuss the details of the Program with you and help you plan your project.

I need to do an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). How do I complete one?

Call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM (3276). The Ag Info Centre can provide you with contact information for an available EFP Technical Assistant in your local area. Or you can visit the Growing Forward website at www.growingforward.alberta.ca/growingforward/program_StewardshipPlans.htm. The EFP Technical Assistant list is available for download from this site.

Will I be required to obtain a Growing Forward Registration Number?

No, the Growing Forward Registration number is no longer required.

How can I find out what sorts of items or projects are eligible for funding?

Visit the Growing Forward 2 website at www.growingforward.alberta.ca or call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM (3276). The CFO Stewardship Program funding list is available for download from the website. The Ag Info Centre is available to answer any general questions you may have about the CFO Stewardship Program.

What are the maximum funding levels of the Program?

The maximum grant funding an applicant can receive from the CFO Stewardship Program is $100,000. Some projects will have a funding maximum ranging from $15,000-$50,000. Please refer to the CFO Stewardship Program Funding List for funding maximums.

What is the cost share on eligible costs of the Program?

Grant funding cost share of 30-70% of eligible expenses is dependent on the project activity code. Please refer to the CFO Stewardship Program Funding List for cost share on the different projects.

How can I apply for funding?

Applicants to the program must complete a program application for their proposed project. Application forms are available on the Growing Forward website or by contacting the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Once you have completed an application form, you can submit it to Growing Forward-CFO Stewardship Program, Room 206, 7000-113 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6.

Can I fax or email my completed application?

No, faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.

Can I apply for multiple projects or more than one activity code?

Yes. You can apply for more than one eligible project, though a separate application form must be completed for each project.

Do I have to get approval for my project before I can start working on it?

You must submit an application prior to beginning your project, but you do not need to wait for approval. *IMPORTANT: If you proceed prior to approval, you do so at your own risk. Submitting an application does not guarantee approval of your project.

Limited retroactivity. Expires June 30, 2013. You can proceed with your project before submitting an application ONLY IF you have completed a CFO Site Assessment Checklist prior to beginning your project. Only having a completed Environmental Farm Plan does not make you eligible for this retroactivity clause. If you have questions about this limited retroactivity, please contact the Program Coordinator at (780) 427-3908.

How is this program different from the Growing Forward – Manure Management Program?

The Growing Forward 2 CFO Stewardship Program has an increased focus on management practices and infrastructure changes that improve protection of water quality. This program has new application requirements and a new list of fundable activities. The Growing Forward 2 CFO Stewardship Program will exist from 2013-2018 or if all available program funds have been spent, the program will close prior to 2018.

I applied and received funding from the Growing Forward Manure Management Program; am I still eligible to apply for the Growing Forward 2 CFO Stewardship Program?

Yes, you can apply for new projects under the Growing Forward 2 CFO Stewardship Program. Application and funding levels have changed; please refer to the Growing Forward 2 website for program details.

Will a site inspection take place once I have completed my project?

Possibly, some of the funded projects will be picked at random to be inspected by ARD to ensure completeness, and to determine whether the project met the environmental objectives set out in your application and in the Program Terms and Conditions.

Can I complete a project on Provincial or Federal leased land?

A project must be completed on land within the Province of Alberta that is actively farmed by the applicant at the time the project is completed. If the applicant does not own the land on which the project occurs, proper permission or authorization by the legal landowner must be provided to the applicant prior to project approval.

Who can I contact if I need help completing a Program Application?

Call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM (3276). The Ag Info Centre can provide you with contact information for an available support staff person in your local area.

Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program?

For technical aid or specific enquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact the CFO Stewardship Program Coordinator, Shivani Tarksis at (780) 427-3908.

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