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Posted December 2019

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change (ES&CC) Producer Program Funding List – Categories A to E

Grant funding cost share of 30%-50% of eligible expenses to complete the project
The Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Producer Program supports active producers and commercial manure applicators with assessing their environmental risks and implementing beneficial management practices (BMP’s) that reduce the risk of agricultural contaminants entering water or soil resources, benefit their business, enhance public trust and reduce the impacts of climate change.
The 2018-2023 program-funding maximum is $100,000 over the program term, except in the following limited circumstances: 

1. You may be eligible for an additional $100,000 under Category D: Innovative Solutions;
2. For Category B projects you may be eligible for an additional $100,000, over the program term, for each operation owned by an applicant with a unique/different premise ID.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the merit based review process, cost shares levels will vary based on the Minister’s discretion. Cost shares will range from 30% to 50%. The minimum cost share you may receive towards your approved project will be 30% if your project is approved. Your application may be reviewed either on a merit first-come first-serve basis, or by a technical review panel, if additional technical expertise is required. The minimum payment an Applicant may receive under the program is $500.

Funding Categories

CATEGORY A –Riparian Management
101 – Riparian Area Fencing and Management
102 – Year-Round/Summer Watering Systems
103 – Watercourse Crossings
104 – Riparian Management Strategies – OPEN
105 – Wetland and Riparian Assessments

CATEGORY B – Manure and Livestock Facilities Management
201 – Engineering Investigation and/or Feasibility Assessment
202 – Construction or Upgrade of a Surface Water Management System
203 – Improved Manure Storage Facilities
204 – Relocation of a Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site or Confined Feeding Operation
205 – Improved Land Application of Manure
206 – Manure and Livestock Facilities Management Strategies – OPEN

CATEGORY C – Agricultural Input and Waste Management 301 – Improved Pesticide Management
302 – Improved Nutrient Management
303 – Plastic Rollers and Compactors
304 – Shelterbelts and Eco-Buffers
306 – Agricultural Input and Waste Management Strategies – OPEN

CATEGORY D – Innovation
401 – Innovative Solutions

CATEGORY E – Commercial Manure Applicators

501 – Improved Land Application of Manure
502 – Manure Management Strategies – OPEN

 

Rural Acreage Owner Herbicide Weed Control Program

The MD of Peace No. 135 Agricultural Service Board Rural Acreage Owner Weed Control Program was developed to assist acreage owners with the challenging task of performing weed control on a maximum area of two (2) acres/year. Herbicide applications will be conducted as time permits, with the knowledge that priority is always given to the municipal road right of way program.  The herbicide application cost will be $200/hour.

Click on the link below to be taken to the form:

MD of Peace No.135 Rural Acreage Owner Herbicide Weed Control Program


Spraying Road Ditches – No Spraying Agreement – MD of Peace

In preparation for the upcoming growing season our ASB is preparing its Agricultural Programs. One of these is the No Spray Program. The No Spray Agreement form must be completed and sent to the Manager of Agricultural Services no later than the end of May each year.

The MD annually sprays municipal road ditches for broadleaf weeds. If you do not wish to have the road ditches adjacent to your property sprayed, you must notify the Municipality by the end of May, and complete a No Spraying Agreement in order to be included in this program.   Property owners are responsible for controlling the noxious and prohibited noxious weeds and brush on the adjacent roadside right of way to the satisfaction of the Manager of Ag Services.

The MD will supply “DO NOT SPRAY” signs to participants of this program and the participants will be responsible for installation at the ends of the area not to be sprayed.

Agreements must be submitted EACH year.

For more information, contact the MD office or Nasar Iqbal, Manager of Ag Services at 780-338-3845. The  No Spraying Agreement is a fillable form.


V.S.I. Services Program

In the mid 1960’s the economics of veterinary practice in northern Alberta did not encourage veterinarians to establish there; in response to this problem, the Alberta Government agreed to establish veterinary clinics in selected areas. The Veterinary Association worked with local governments to establish a system of payment to veterinarians who performed services on farm animals. V.S.I. Services is a non-profit organization that was formed to help assure farmers that veterinary service would be available to them.

The M.D. of Peace pays an annual fee, out of which V.S.I. Services pays the veterinary clinics for 50% of the farmer’s bill for approved services (on cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, bison, elk). Each member Municipality holds a membership in the non-profit organization, as do the participating veterinarians.

The M.D. of Peace provides V.S.I. cards, upon request, to the following:

  • anyone who is a resident of the M.D. of Peace for 6 months
  • landowner in the M.D. of Peace
  • a lessee of a crown grazing lease in the M.D. of Peace

When requesting a V.S.I. card, you must be prepared to give the Municipal staff your Social Insurance Number, as anyone who receives more than $100/year in V.S.I. credit will receive an AGR-1 form from the Municipality which must be claimed on the income tax return.

V.S.I. Program Cap

MD Council has approved the Ag. Service Board recommendation to put a spending cap in place for services provided under the V.S.I. Program.  The maximum amount allowable per producer will be $1,800 per year.  Any amount incurred over that will be billed back to the producer.


CAP Environmental Stewardship & Climate Change Producer Program


Efficient Grain Dryer Program – Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Efficient Grain Dryer Program covers specific energy efficient components of grain dryers, not the dryer as a whole.  For more on this program regarding, EGDP Application Form,  EGDP Funding List – Feb 7, 2020,  EGDP Terms and Conditions – Feb 7, 2020 and more, please see the CAP website at https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/EFFICIENT_GRAIN_DRYER.


Farm Energy & Agri-Processing


Solar PV Program

 

 


Clubroot in the Peace Region

If you require further information, please call Nasar Iqbal, Manager of Ag Services at 780-338-3845.

No Spraying Authorization

In preparation for the 2020 growing season our ASB is organizing all summer Agricultural Programs. One of these is the No Spray Program. This program is being updated to ensure effectiveness. The No Spray Agreement forms must be completed and sent to the Manager of Agricultural Services no later than May 29, 2020.

Note that to be included in this program property owners are responsible for controlling the noxious and prohibited noxious weeds and brush on the adjacent roadside right of way. Weeds and brush must be controlled to the satisfaction of the Manager of Ag Services.

Agreements must be submitted EACH year. The MD will supply “DO NOT SPRAY” signs to participants of this program and the participants will be responsible for installation.

For an online copy of the agreement:  Authorization Form No Spraying.

For more information, contact the MD office or Nasar, Manager of Ag Services at 780-338-3845.

Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program – Funding List

Growing Flax and Hemp in the Peace Region

Nasar Iqbal, Manager of Ag Services for the M.D., recently attended a workshop on growing flax and hemp. If you would like further information, please call him at 780-338-3845.
 

General Awareness for M.D. of Peace Residents

You might be aware that the MD of Peace began a full-ditch mowing program in 2015 for better weed control, for maintaining the local roads properly and for safer road travel. Brushing, landscaping and rock picking are part of the mowing process. Rock picking from the M.D. road ditches will be completed in 4-5 years. We have observed that some of our producers are pushing rocks into ditches from fencelines or from other places, especially where we have already picked rocks. This practice results in damage to MD equipment and will lead to higher maintenance expenditures. MD residents are advised that if they have already piled rocks along fencelines and need help removing them, to contact the Agricultural Fieldman or Public Works Foreman and they would be happy to work out a proper solution to dispose of those rocks. Please DO NOT push rocks into ditches. MD residents are encouraged to report to the MD office anyone seen dumping rocks into ditches. Expenses incurred to remove the rocks and/or equipment repair may be charged to respective MD landowners. Thanks for your cooperation.

MD of Peace Full Ditch Mowing and Brushing Program

Date: Feb. 8, 2016 – updated April 20, 2020

Brushing within the road allowance of the MD is being done in order to implement the full ditch mowing program and to allow the roads to be properly maintained. The MD should be respectful of the wishes of the adjacent landowners and local residents. Following these brushing Guidelines will be helpful in achieving these goals. To read the full article, please click here:  Full Ditch Mowing Program

MD of Peace No. 135 Fall Fenceline Spray Program

The MD of Peace No. 135 Agricultural Service Board has approved the Fall Fenceline Spray Program to control Noxious Weeds along private fencelines. The MD will also continue with the existing program to control noxious weeds in the ditches adjacent to MD roads. Weed control work performed on fencelines adjacent to Municipal roads will be done on a first come first served basis at no charge.

Adjacent landowners must sign a release to have ClearView+Overdrive, Truvist or Lontreal sprayed along their fencelines for the control of Canada Thistle, Yellow Toadflax, Sow Thistle or Scentless Chamomile (Mayweed).

TO REGISTER for the Fall Spray Program, we require a Release form to be signed. Either come into the Municipal Office to complete or print it off our website and mail, fax or email the completed form into the MD office by August 31, . For more information, please phone Nasar at 780-338-3845 or 780-219-4534. Please click on the attachment below to print off a copy of the release form. Fence line Spray Agreement

Commonly Found Noxious Weeds in the M.D. of Peace

Click on the links below to access information about these noxious weeds that can be found in the M.D. of Peace:
FS-CanadaThistle
FS-PerennSowthistle
FS-ScentlessChamomile
FS-YellowToadflax

Alberta Agriculture & Forestry On-Farm Energy Management Program On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics

This program shares the cost of investments that improve energy efficiency on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta’s agriculture industry. The Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program addresses three important industry priorities.

  1. Increased industry competitiveness. When producers make investments that improve energy usage on their farms, the result is a more competitive, adaptable, and sustainable provincial    agriculture industry.
  2. Improved environmental stewardship. When producers use energy more efficiently, they are recognized as reliable stewards of Alberta’s resources.
  3. Improved energy management. Producers who install on-farm submeters are better aware of their energy usage and how to manage it to improve their bottom line. What kinds of projects are eligible? Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): – Construction projects that install high-efficiency equipment from the program’s Funding List – Retrofit projects that improve the operation’s energy usage per unit of production – Installation of submeters to monitor on-farm electricity and/or natural gas usage – More sector-specific examples can be found at www.growingforward.alberta.ca

How are costs shared? For most items the program covers 35% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000. Some items are funded on a square-footage or formula basis. The program also covers 100% of the cost for each applicant’s first three submeters. Not eligible are residences and buildings used primarily for non-farm activities.

Who can participate? Producers in Alberta with a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity or livestock production income.

How do I start? Submit an application to the On-Farm Energy Management Program complete with quotes for any equipment you are looking to purchase. Please contact the Program Office at 780-427-3819. For more information Phone: 780-427-3819 Email: loretta.orr@gov.ab.ca                       Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca

Water Pumping Program

For a nominal fee, producers can rent six or eight inch aluminum pipe and pumps to fill dugouts or other suitable catch basins from nearby water sources. When surface water supplies run low, AARD’s (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development) Water Pumping Program can assist in replenishing these supplies. Water Pumping Program staff will deliver the equipment to the site and offer technical assistance, safety advice and tips to ensure proper operation. Each producer wishing to use the equipment must sign a contract prior to use. Multi-producer pumping projects can be accommodated with sufficient lead time. Any Alberta agriculture producer that is experiencing a water shortage for domestic, livestock or agricultural purposes is eligible to use the equipment. For more information, please contact the Dispatch Location: J.G. O’Donoghue Building, Room 306, 7000 – 113 Street, Edmonton T6H 5T6 (780-422-5000) or use the toll free RITE service 310-0000, then 780-422-5000.

Wild Boar at Large Bounty Program

Wildboar photoThe M.D. of Peace Agricultural Service Board has entered into an agreement with Alberta Agriculture to offer a bounty program for wild boars. Any M.D. of Peace ratepayer who brings in a pair of wild boar ears to the Municipal office will be paid $50. upon completion of an application form. For further information, please contact Nasar Iqbal, Agricultural Fieldman, at 780-338-3845.

 

 

 

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