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March 14, 2012:
It makes sense to be prepared
Many Alberta producers are wondering if they need a current Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
"The EFP is meant to be reviewed and updated regularly for each operation," says Perry Phillips, EFP program coordinator in the province. "Here are four reasons why revisiting and maintaining an EFP makes sense."
It's simple to do. The program is handled by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and EFP Technicians are available across the province to provide assistance.
You may qualify for funding support. A completed EFP is required for the Stewardship categories of the Growing Forward program. More information on those programs is at the Stewardship Programs area of the Growing Forward website www.growingforward.alberta.ca.
Be prepared for future opportunities. Stewardship is being tied more closely with business opportunities.
Show commitment to stewardship. The agricultural industry is realizing this is a partnership with the food industry in meeting consumer expectations. Being able to document that makes this process more powerful in all areas.
"There may be a day coming in the not too distant future where farmers are asked if they have an updated, 'current' EFP," says Phillips. "It makes sense to be prepared."
More information on EFPs in Alberta is available on the website www.albertaefp.com or by calling the toll-free help line 310-FARM (3276).