Welcome to Alberta Canola’s Temperature Check – Part three of our four-part summer mini-series on what’s heating up in the policy world of carbon.
Let’s talk Programming for farmers! The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a collection of programs designed to encourage investment and growth within the agricultural sector. Programs are created and funded through federal-provincial-territorial agreements. Many of these programs were established to advance the reduction of GHG emission and promote environmental stewardship while ensuring economic growth. CAP expires in March of 2023.
The purpose of the Efficient Grain Handling Program is to help farmers improve energy efficiency on the farm. Funding is intended for the purchase of energy efficient equipment. Eligible expenses, such as enclosed dryer top covers and high-efficiency burners, are cost-shared. The Efficient Grain Handling program requires an Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), a whole farm self-assessment tool for identifying on farm environmental risks and developing risk mitigation plans. In 2013, the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta took over delivery of the EFP program which has been running since 2003. Intake opened June 24, 2021. EFP’s must have been created within the last 10 years of program application to be considered valid. Primary producers can find more information and apply here.
The Farm Technology Program is a new program that supports the use of best management practices to protect businesses, specifically in the areas of farm technology and security. This is a cost-shared program which supports innovations in farm technology to minimize waste, increase efficiency and increase the use of best management practices for farm security. Farm security funding includes motion detectors, remote monitoring cameras and fuel tank monitors. A funding list is available for reference, but applications will be examined and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Farmers must apply with a valid Alberta EFP for their farm. More information and the application process can be found here.
The Water Program was established to support the enhancement of water management of agricultural practices to promote growth and success. This program has two streams: 1) on-farm irrigation projects and 2) on-farm water supply projects. Funding is cost-shared at 25% coming from grants and 75% from the applicant. Applications are being accepted, as of July 5, 2021. To be eligible from the program, applicants must be primary producers and responsible for input costs. Other eligibility requirements are listed here.
Recent CAP Adjustments:
On July 22, 2021, the federal and provincial governments announced that they are adjusting the crop insurance program through CAP. “Alberta is doubling the low yield threshold to allow for additional cereal or pulse crops to be salvaged for livestock feed”. To ease livestock feed shortages resulting from this year’s drought conditions, the crop insurance adjustments will allow for farmers to put poorer quality crops toward livestock feed. The Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) offers business risk management programs including crop insurance. The full announcement is available on the Government of Alberta website.
On the CAP website, farmers can subscribe to get program announcements, sign up for the newsletter and send questions and comments.
Other NEW Programs!
On June 16, 2021, the federal government announced new programing for agri-businesses which aims to help farmers develop and utilize clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program is a $165.7 million program that focuses on energy efficiency and green energy, precision energy, and the bioeconomy. An additional $50 million will be allocated to buy efficient grain dryers under the federal grain drying program, not CAP. There are two funding streams and two intake processes available for ACT applications: 1) the Adoption Stream and 2) the Research and Innovation Stream. This is part of the federal governments “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” climate plan, which is built upon the Pan-Canadian Framework.
The Energy Savings for Business (ESB) Program is offered by Emissions Reduction Alberta to support cost-saving and emissions reducing projects for small- to medium-scale businesses. Farms registered as eligible businesses can apply for agricultural lighting funding. It is important to note that producers will be unable to claim offset credits from projects funded by the ESB program. The minimum incentive amount is $500. Farmers can register on the ESB webpage.
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 Government of Canada, News Release, https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2021/07/putting-poor-crops-to-good-use-in-alberta.html, July 22, 2021, para. 2.