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On-Farm Stewardship

On-Farm Stewardship

On December 23, 2016, this program closed to applications for the remainder of Growing Forward 2 (March 2018). Any application received after December 23, 2016 will be returned. Please see updates on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework, to be implemented in the spring of 2018.



Project or payment extensions beyond March 2017 will not be approved. If you have received a letter alerting you to an upcoming deadline for a reimbursement claim form, you must complete the required portions of your project by the date stated.


This Program funds projects that help livestock and crop producers implement on-farm management practices in five areas that positively impact water quality and promote sustainable management of inorganic agricultural wastes.

If you are interested in participating in the On-Farm Stewardship Program please read the Terms and Conditions before proceeding further. After you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions, you may continue to the section that you are interested in.

**Please note: The On-Farm Stewardship Program has PERMANENTLY removed projects from its Funding List. You can no longer submit an application for the projects or expenses listed below:

  • Activity Code 103 – Portable Shelters and Windbreaks
  • Activity Code 201 – Improved Manure Storage Facilities
  • Activity Code 302 – Fuel Storage
  • The following expenses associated with Activity Code 301 will be removed: chemical handling systems, low drift nozzles, auto boom height control.
  • Sectional control for chemical application, sprayer cones and shrouds, and pulse-width modulating sprayer systems are still eligible under Activity Code 301.

What can we help you with?

Where can I access On-Farm Stewardship Program Application Forms?

This program is no longer accepting applications.

What types of projects are available under this program?

The On-Farm Stewardship Program helps producers implement projects and management practices that have a direct and positive impact on water quality, while also improving the management of inorganic agricultural wastes. Funding is available in five categories that can influence these areas. More information can be found on each of the activities by clicking on the project names that are underlined bellow.

It is also important to note that each category has its own application form. Identifying the project(s) you wish to carry out and confirming your eligibility for funding are both required prior to filling out an application.

Category A: Grazing Management. This includes riparian area fencing and management, summer and year-round watering systems, and wetland restoration (some specific requirements apply; contact program lead for information), and shelterbelts.

Category B: Manure and Livestock Facilities Management. This includes improvements to manure storage facilities, livestock facilities runoff control and livestock facilities relocation.

Category C: Crop Input Management. This includes new purchases of sprayer cones and shrouds, sectional control operation system for sprayers and seeding equipment, and pulse modulating sprayer systems (upgrades, maintenance and replacement of existing equipment are not eligible).

Category D: Agricultural Waste Management. This includes double-walled storage tanks for used oil that are identified with a ULC-652 name plate or equivalent, and plastic rollers for used grain bags.

Category E: Innovative Stewardship Solutions. Contact a Program Coordinator
( to discuss your innovative idea prior to applying for funding. The application form will be supplied to you at that time

  • Project Code 100 – Innovative Stewardship Solutions
  • Note: Due to the variable nature of this category cost share levels will vary based on the Minister’s discretion.

Are you eligible for funding?

After identifying what projects can work for your operation, you can now confirm that you are eligible to apply to this program. Below are the conditions for eligibility. You must adhere to all of the following conditions or you may not be eligible for funding. If you are not sure if you fit all requirements or require clarification on certain areas please contact a Program Coordinator at

Conditions for eligibility

  • You must be an active producer operating in Alberta, defined as follows:
  • Active producer: An individual or a registered corporation responsible for the day-to-day management and work on the farm, including responsibility for input costs for agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $10,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land.
  • You must have completed an Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
  • You must submit a copy of your EFP Certificate or Letter of Completion along with your Application.
  • If applying for projects under Category B, you must meet the following definition of breeding herd:
  • Breeding Herd: A ruminant livestock herd, which includes pregnant or lactating females; replacement animals up to 30% of female herd number; male animals used for the purposes of breeding the said female herd; and cull animals up to 20% of the female herd.
  • If your livestock facility is a Confined Feeding Operation (see definition below), you are not eligible for Category B (Manure and Livestock Facilities Management) under the Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Stewardship Program. Please refer to the Growing Forward 2 Confined Feeding Operations Program instead.
  • Confined Feeding Operation (CFO): An agricultural operation where poultry or livestock are confined for the purposes of growing, finishing or sustaining by means other than grazing, and does not include a breeding herd.

If, after reading the above information, you establish that you are eligible, you can begin to look at how costs are shared between clients and ARD.

How are costs shared?

Active producers (as defined above) in livestock and crop production will be reimbursed for 50% or 70% (depending on the project) of costs related to management practices that improve water quality up to a maximum of $50,000 per applicant (please see below for possible exceptions to this program maximum). Please note that some areas of funding have project maximums between $2,000 and $30,000. To get the exact maximums of your chosen project(s) please see What types of projects are available under this program” above and refer to the appropriate project code.

What are the maximum funding levels?

The 2013-2018 program funding maximum is $50,000 over the program term, except in the following limited circumstances:

  1. You may be eligible for up to an additional $25,000 for activities under Category A if you received $50,000 for activities under Activity Code 203 (Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation).
  2. You may be eligible for up to an additional $25,000 for activities under Activity Code 203 (Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation) if you received $50,000 for activities under Category A.

Are equipment and labor costs covered?

We understand that labor and equipment costs can be a key expense when it comes to the financial viability of a project. Because of this some expenses can be covered by the On-Farm Stewardship Program. A full list of all in-kind contribution rates can be found here - In-Kind Contribution Rates.

How do I apply for funding?

Funding for this program is no longer available.

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To find out more about the program, or to speak with the Program Coordinator, please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

For more information

Phone: 310-FARM (3276)



Program Contact

Shivani Tarksis

Links & Other Resources

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Environmental Farm Plans (EFP)

Monitoring Remote Livestock Watering Systems

Riparian Planting Guideline

Riparian Grazing Factsheet

Shelterbelt Planning Workbook

Program FAQs

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