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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

Pearce: Ontario’s EFP program takes next step

Next year it will have been 25 years since Ontario introduced the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) for farms, and leading up to that anniversary, it’s worth noting more than 38,000 farm families have participated. In spite of some growing pains in the late 1990s, the EFP has grown to provide the Ontario agri-food industry with […] Read more


College farm completes Environmental Farm Plan

Lakeland College is the first post- secondary institution in Alberta to complete an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). From January to April, about 50 second-year students in animal science technology, crop technology, and other programs worked together to complete the EFP on the college’s student-managed farm at the Vermilion campus. The experience enabled the students to […] Read more

Jason Bradley stands near pipes that are part of the new watering system installed after he completed an Environmental Farm Plan.

Stewardship program expecting a flood of new applicants

About 8,000 producers have completed an Environmental Farm Plan — but that number is about to grow by 5,000 a year

Jason Bradley thought he was a pretty good steward of the land — but doing an Environmental Farm Plan helped him become a better one. “If it wasn’t for the Environmental Farm Plan, this would not have come to fruition,” said the manager of Red Deer River Ranches, indicating the fenced-in riparian areas and the […] Read more


Sask. environmental farm planning options sweetened

A list of beneficial management practices (BMPs) for which Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers can get funding through the federal/provincial Farm Stewardship Program has been expanded. The provincial and federal governments on Wednesday announced five new BMPs and “enhancements” to seven already-eligible BMPs available through the program. Among the new BMPs, for example, are rollers for […] Read more