Stewardship Funding for Producers

The information provided on this page is derived from information from the On-Farm Stewardship section of the Growing Forward 2 website. We strongly recommend you check the On-Farm Stewardship page before beginning the application process. Access to funds within the On-Farm Stewardship Program requires a current Environmental Farm Plan. If you have completed an EFP and have a certificate, please include it with your application. If you have completed an EFP since December 15th, 2009 and do not have a certificate, one can be provided by contacting the EFP Program.  If you have completed an EFP prior to December 15th, 2009 and do not have a certificate, you will need to start an EFP.

This Program helps producers implement projects and management practices that have a direct and positive impact on water quality, while also improving the management of inorganic agricultural wastes. Funding is available in five categories that can influence these areas. More information can be found on each of the activities by clicking on the project names that are underlined bellow. It is important to note that each category has its own application form. Identifying the project(s) you wish to carry out and confirming your eligibility for funding are both required prior to filling out an application.

Category A: Grazing Management. This includes riparian area fencing and management, summer and year-round watering systems, and wetland restoration (some specific requirements apply; contact program lead for information), and shelterbelts.
•    Activity Code 101 – Riparian Area Fencing and Management
•    Activity Code 102 – Year Round Summer Watering Systems (Alert Monitors for Remote Livestock Watering Systems: new eligible expense available under this activity code)
•    Activity Code 104 – Wetland Restoration
•    Activity Code 105 – Shelterbelt Establishment

Category B: Manure and Livestock Facilities Management. This includes improvements to manure storage facilities, livestock facilities runoff control and livestock facilities relocation.
•    Activity Code 202 – Livestock Facility Runoff Control
•    Activity Code 203 – Livestock facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation

Category C: Crop Input Management. This includes new purchases of sprayer cones and shrouds, sectional control operation system for sprayers and seeding equipment, and pulse modulating sprayer systems (upgrades, maintenance and replacement of existing equipment are not eligible).
•    Activity Code 301A – Improved Nutrient Management

Category D: Agricultural Waste Management. This includes double-walled storage tanks for used oil that are identified with a ULC-652 name plate or equivalent, and plastic rollers for used grain bags.
•    Activity Code 303 – Used Oil Storage
•    Activity Code 304 – Agricultural Plastic Waste Management

Category E: Innovative Stewardship Solutions. Contact a Program Coordinator
 (ard-gfstewardship@gov.ab.ca) to discuss your innovative idea prior to applying for funding. The application form will be supplied to you at that time
•    Project Code 100 – Innovative Stewardship Solutions
•    Note: Due to the variable nature of this category cost share levels will vary based on the Minister’s discretion.

Please visit Growing Forward 2 for details on eligibility and other important details – click here.

While Alberta EFP does our best to ensure the above information is up to date, we strongly recommend you go to the On-Farm Stewardship page or  contact Diana Bingham by email at ard-gfstewardship@gov.ab.ca or by fax (780) 422-0474 before starting your application