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Environmental Farm Plan sees upgrades

The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan is releasing a new version of its online tool. The online platform has already helped more than 1,000 farmers manage environmental risk across the province and will soon have an updated look and functionality. The new version is mobile friendly and a revamped FAQ section matches relevant resources with each […] Read more

Is your stewardship plan up to date?

Effective April 1, producers will need an Environmental Farm Plan completion letter dated within the last 10 years to be eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (the successor to Growing Forward). Alberta has been the only province without a renewal period. If you cannot […] Read more


One day the value of your crops may partially depend on being able to demonstrate that you are a good steward of land, water, and the environment.

Get ready for sustainable sourcing, says new study

Sustainable sourcing for crops isn’t a major force yet, but major buyers are moving in that direction

The market for agricultural products is increasingly influenced by activities aimed at measuring and communicating information related to sustainability, according to a study commissioned by the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). The study on sustainable sourcing in Canada was conducted by Global Ecologic Environmental Consulting and Management Services earlier this year. “We want to prepare […] Read more

Protecting habitat for species at risk, as well as common species such as the red-tailed hawks, comes with an added benefit of pest control.

Environmental farm plans to cover species at risk

A new online tool will include technical tips and best management practices for protecting species at risk and habitat

The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is adding a species-at-risk component. A $200,000 federal grant will be used to create an online tool to help producers learn about opportunities to conserve species at risk on their farms and find out whether they meet sustainable sourcing standards. Last summer, the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of […] Read more