On-Farm Stewardship Program FAQs

On-Farm Stewardship Program FAQs

What is the On-farm Stewardship Program?

The Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Stewardship Program is designed to support the implementation of beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce the risk of agricultural contaminants entering surface and ground water supplies. The Program provides financial support to active producers for the implementation of approved projects that minimize impacts on water supply and quality. Please refer to the Funding list to view eligible and ineligible projects.

  • Category A: Grazing Management
  • Category B: Manure & Livestock Facilities Management
  • Category C: Improved Pest Management
  • Category D: Fuel & Used-Oil Storage
  • Category E: Innovative Stewardship Solutions

Am I eligible to apply for funding?

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

  • Are an active producer operating in Alberta and;
  • Have received an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) certificate or letter of completion from Agriculture and Forestry (AF), and have the certificate or letter in your possession. You will need to submit this with your program application.
  • If your livestock facility is considered a Confined Feeding Operation, you are not eligible for Category B: Manure & Livestock Facilities Management under the GF2 On-Farm Stewardship Program. Please refer to the GF 2 Confined Feeding Operations Stewardship Program.

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.

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?

Call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM (3276). The Ag Info Centre is available to answer any general questions you may have about the On-farm Stewardship Plans Program. Or you can visit the Growing Forward 2 website at www.growingforward.alberta.ca. The On-Farm Stewardship program funding list is available for download from this site.

What are the maximum funding levels of the Program?

The maximum funding an applicant can receive from the On-farm Stewardship Program is $50,000. Some projects will have a funding maximum ranging from $2000-$30,000. Please refer to the On-Farm 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 On-Farm 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 the program area that fits their operation type and their proposed project. Application forms are available on the Growing Forward 2 Website or by contacting the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276). Once you have completed your application form you can submit it directly to Growing Forward-On Farm Stewardship Plans, c/o Deb Sutton #206, 7000-113 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6.

Can I fax or email my application in?

No, faxes and email will not be accepted, unless authorized by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

Can I apply for funding under more than one program area?

Yes. Producers can apply to more than one eligible project at a time to a maximum funding of $50,000 per applicant. The applicant must complete all applicable sections in the application form, submit an aerial photo or sketch for each project and complete a project budget for each project.

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

Expenses will not be considered eligible prior to the date the application was received in Edmonton by the On-Farm Stewardship Program. Notification of application received and approval will be given in the form of a letter.

How long do I have to complete my project?

We will only fund a project that will be completed within two years from the date on the approval letter or the end of Growing Forward 2.

How is the Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Stewardship Program different from the Growing Forward Stewardship Plans Program?

The On-Farm Stewardship Program is focused on environmental management practices that effect water quality. This program has new application requirements and a new list of fundable activities. The On-farm Stewardship Program will exist from 2013-2018 or until all available program funds have been spent, at which time the program will close.

I applied and received funding from the Growing Forward Stewardship Plan Program; will I still be eligible to apply for the Growing Forward 2 On-farm Stewardship Program?

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

Please note: If you have received the maximum length for portable windbreaks under the Grazing and Winter Feeding Management Program you CANNOT apply for these items under On-Farm Stewardship Program Category 103. This is the only project that has these stipulations.

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 AF to ensure completeness, and to determine whether they are meeting your environmental objectives set out in your application and in the Program Terms and Conditions.

For Activity Code 104, Wetland Restoration, and Activity Code 203, Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation, a site inspection is required prior to construction taking place and evidence of the site inspection must be provided with the application.

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.

Can I complete a project on public grazing land?

An individual producer can complete a project on public grazing land if they complete and receive approval for a program application. The individual producer would be assuming all responsibility for the project including all costs incurred to complete the project.

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 Grazing Management category?

For technical aid or specific enquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact the On-Farm Stewardship Coordinator, Diana Bingham (780) 427-3980

Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the Manure & Livestock Facilities Management category?

For technical aid or specific enquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact the CFO Stewardship Program Coordinator, Diana Bingham (780) 427-3980

Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the Improved Pesticide Management Category?

For technical aid or specific enquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact the Stewardship Extension Specialist, Mike Hittinger (780) 349-4466

Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the Fuel & Used Storage Category?

For technical aid or specific enquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact the Stewardship Extension Specialist, Murray Green (403) 948-8518

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