Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions below are broken down into three categories to help you find what you’re looking for: Alberta EFP, EFP Process, and EFP Technicians.  If you have further questions or suggestions please contact us.

What is an EFP?

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a free, voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. Learn more here.

What are the benefits to completing an EFP?

Maintaining a healthy environment is essential to the success of Alberta’s agricultural producers. The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program helps you identify and address environmental risks* in your operation. It will also increase your understanding of legal requirements related to environmental issues. Click here for more reasons to complete an EFP.

*The risks are environmental but many relate to personal health (e.g. wells)

When/why am I required to do an EFP?

An EFP is a prerequisite for certain Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) grants. It may also be a requirement if you wish to sell to some purchasers who have decided to use EFP as a sustainable sourcing tool. To learn more about sustainable sourcing, click here.

Is AEFP run by the government?

No, EFP is run by the non-profit organization, Agricultural Research & Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). The program is grant-funded by the provincial government.

How do I start?

You can register to start an EFP by filling out this form: https://webbook.albertaefp. com/register/

How do I renew?

You can now complete your EFP online. To find more information on renewing your EFP, click here.

When do I renew?

An EFP is valid for 10 years. After 10 years it will need to be renewed to be considered valid and current. You can find your completion date on your EFP completion letter or certificate.

What do I do if I can’t find my completion letter or certificate?

Contact the ARECA office to see if they have record of when you completed your EFP. If not, you will need to renew online. For more information click here.

How long will it take to complete an EFP?

It depends on the complexity of your operation and your comfort level with a computer. It can take a few hours or potentially longer.

Do I complete an EFP for the land I rent or own?

The EFP is a whole-farm assessment, so it should include all land that you manage. It should include both owned and rented land.

What is the role of my technician?

Your technician fills two roles.  One is to help you complete your EFP.  They are there to help you answer or understand questions and provide technical guidance.  The other role is to review your EFP.  In the review process they will provide resources and feedback on your action plan.  Ultimately, they are responsible for approving your plan, when they are satisfied the plan is complete.

Who is my technician?

Your technician is certified by the EFP program to deliver EFPs in your region. Many of them work for your municipality or your local research association.

How do I find a technician?

You should receive your technician’s contact information within two weeks of registering to complete your EFP. If you are not sure who your technician is, or you need help sooner, you can contact the EFP office by emailing [email protected] or calling 587-200-2552.

What is the difference between a consultant and a technician?

There are three important differences between consultants and technicians.

·         Firstly, our technicians receive ongoing professional training to deliver EFPs.  While some consultants MAY have been technicians at one time and received training, no consultants are receiving current training. 

·         Consultants cannot approve your EFP. Your technician can.

·         Consultants are people you contract to do work for you.  As such, you pay for them.  The EFP Technicians are paid from other sources and their work with you comes at no cost to you.