Environmental Programs

CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018, and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership. In Alberta, CAP will deliver programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust.

For a list of CAP Programs go to https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/Programs.

For more information on these programs please contact the Agricultural Service Department Office: 780-895-2585.

Efficient Grain Dryer Program

The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is an energy efficiency program intended to assist producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations. The program will only fund equipment that shows a significant energy efficiency improvement over standard practice.

Eligible activities include:

Grain dryer and grain drying system components that significantly improve energy efficiency above standard configuration are eligible under the program. These components can be factory options on new equipment or retrofits installed on existing equipment.

Please Note: A valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a prerequisite to this program.

Program details and application forms can be found on the website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/EFFICIENT_GRAIN_DRYER.

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Producer Grant Program

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector. An updated EFP is a prerequisite. The program is merit-based.

Eligible activities include:

The objectives of the program will be on activities and practices that:

  • reduce the risks to agricultural contaminants entering water
  • enhance sustainable production while mitigating carbon emissions that impact air and soil quality
  • help producers manage and adapt to climate change.

Activities include (but are not limited to) Beneficial Management Practices, such as:

  • watering systems;
  • riparian fencing;
  • livestock facility management;
  • improved manure storage facilities;
  • manure application;
  • sectional controls;
  • agricultural plastic bag rollers; or
  • shelterbelts.

Program details can be found on the website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/STEW_PROD.

Effective April 1, 2018, producers who have an EFP older than 10 years must renew their EFP to be eligible for new funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program (CAP).

Throughout the late fall and winter is a great time to do planning and investment in your agricultural operations. The Environmental Farm Plan is a voluntary, self-assessment of your operation, which you can complete on-line or via a physical work book.

The Environmental Farm Plan is an important step to develop and recognize sustainable practices in an agriculture operations, whether that be livestock, grain or mixed. Environmental stewardship is important in agriculture and important to the end user of agricultural products. Lots of information is available to help compete an Environmental Farm Plan.
Download a detailed overview of the Environmental Farm Plan Program to learn more.

If you are interested in completing an Environmental Farm Plan the Agriculture Service Department can assist please contact 780-895-2585. For more information on the program you can go to: www.albertaefp.com.

Lamont County’s Agricultural Service Board is pleased to note that the County will be participating in the Environmental Streamline Program.

The Environmental Streamline Program is a provincially funded and industry directed program whose purpose is to encourage a balanced, integrated approach to the environmental problems facing the agricultural industry. We focus on education and awareness on different agricultural and environmental issues affecting landowners and producers. For Lamont County, this entails collaborating with our neighbouring municipality, Beaver County.

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments. The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List (for producers) in their construction and/or retrofitting projects.

For more information contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraints, to eligible employers (must have waged, non-family workers and a WCB account) for eligible costs to improve health and safety in their operations and help them comply with OH&S Code. The program is now open and accepting applications.

The grant covers up to 50% of eligible safety expenses to a maximum of $5,000 per year or $10,000 over the life of the program per eligible applicant. Expenses going back to Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible under the program.

Eligible expenses (with receipts) include things like:

  • First aid kits, fire extinguishers and warning signage.
  • Respirators, eye and hearing protection.
  • Health and safety programs, courses, education and training.
  • Seat belt installation, warning lights and auger guards to improve equipment safety.

The Farm Water Supply Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management, arising from a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP). These eligible costs are offered through Standard and Special Incentive projects described in detail in the Farm Water Supply Program Funding List.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a variety of water sourcing, conservation and protection projects if they are previously identified in the producer’s approved LTWMP and meet the program’s Terms and Conditions.

Eligible activities include:


Standard Incentive projects

  • Water supply development and conveyance projects, including construction of water sources such as wells, dugouts, spring developments, dams, pipelines, and connections to a multi-user water supply pipeline.
  • Water protection projects, including aeration systems and off-source watering systems and monitors.

Projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to one-third of expenses, to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant.

Special Incentive projects

  • Well pit conversions, water level measurement devices and wetland assessments for the purpose of properly planning and siting a water source are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of expenses, to a specified maximum per applicant or project.
  • Well decommissioning and water use meters are eligible for reimbursement up to 50%, 60%, or 75% of expenses depending on the number of each type of project completed, to a specified maximum per applicant or project.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has many resources available to help understand how municipal water in Alberta is to be managed :

In the case of an environmental emergency contact the ESRD 24 Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-6514

Please do your part in helping to maintain Alberta’s water; ensure that you do not intentionally or unintentionally alter or impede a water course, or remove/fill in wetlands.

This program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

To be eligible for funding, a Photovotaic system must be: 

  • Grid-tied, not off-grid
  • Approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation
  • Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading
  • Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters, and/or Micro-inverters, and
  • Installed on a Site ID that has a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent

Retroactive projects that have been completed April 15, 2017, are eligible.

Visit www.alberta.ca/climate-smart-agriculture-renewable-energy.aspx or solaralberta.ca/go-solar/case-studies/for more information, or call the Agro-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276)

 

Lamont County Agricultural Service Board assists landowners in the acquisition and distribution of shelterbelt trees in accordance with Policy 6080, in order to promote soil and water conservation and rural beautification. Below are three organizations that Lamont County works closely with and can assist you with the purchase of tree and shrub seedlings.

TreeTime.ca

Key benefits of purchasing your trees from TreeTime.ca:

  • Low prices – generally much lower prices than garden centres.
  • Quality seedlings.
  • More variety than many of our competitors – we carry over 100 species.
  • Various sizes – younger trees cost less while older trees mature faster.
  • Purchase online – buy directly from our website from the convenience of your home.
  • Purchase by phone – call our toll-free number (1 866 873-3846) to speak directly with a real, live person.
  • Free shipping – to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba on all orders over $100.
  • Choose your ship date – we ship every Monday between late April and mid-June. You choose the date that works best for you.
  • Volume discounts – receive up to 30% off.
  • Product replacement guarantee – in the event one of your trees doesn’t flush, we’ve got you covered (see details in our replacement guarantee article).
  • Flexible payment methods – Visa, MasterCard, cheque or money order.

Visit treetime.ca for pricing information, species list, and delivery dates.

Prairie Shelterbelt Program

Do you want to grow trees on your property? Turn to the seedling specialists at Prairie Shelterbelt Program in Sundre, AB. Our company houses beautiful and stunning trees including several other plants. We help provide proper planting care from start to finish. Trust our professionals to assist you step-by-step in the tree seedling process.

Call (403) 507-8340 to order, or visit http://www.prairieshelterbeltprogram.ca/ for more information, and to order online!

HELP International 

 

HELP’s 2021 Subsidized Shelterbelt Program is open to any municipality, community group or private landowner for any purpose in tree planting. Regular-sized seedlings are $5.00 each for 20-49 trees, $2.50 each for 50-300 trees, or $1.75 each for orders of over 300 trees. 

Methods of Ordering

There are several ways of ordering trees. To order trees the public can:

  • Purchase online at www.help-shelterbelts.com and click on "Store".
  • Download an application form that can be manually filled out and faxed, emailed or mailed to HELP with a cheque payment or credit card information for payment.
  • Make a telephone order by calling HELP at 306-861-0814.

Restoration & Enhancement of Wetlands and Riparian Areas

In partnership with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), Cows & Fish, and the Vermilion River Watershed Alliance, Lamont County is facilitating projects to restore and enhance wetlands and riparian areas in the region. Increasing the ability of wetlands and riparian areas to carry out their natural functions as described above will help improve watershed resiliency to floods and drought. These projects are funded in part by the Government of Alberta's Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program.

Funding levels can cover up to 80% of eligible expenses. If a project is approved, all project-related activities INCLUDING reimbursement claim submission must be completed by January  31, 2021.

Download the Application Guide

Restoration & Enhancement of Wetlands and Riparian Areas in Cropland

In partnership with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), Cows & Fish, and the Vermilion River Watershed Alliance, Lamont County is facilitating projects to restore and enhance wetlands and riparian areas in the region. Increasing the ability of wetlands and riparian areas to carry out their natural functions as described above will help improve watershed resiliency to floods and drought. These projects are funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) Environmental Stewardship Grant.

The Partnership grant we received will provide funding for us and our partners to reach out to producers and landowners within Lamont County to talk about flooding and drought issues facing them in a changing climate, and how maintaining or improving riparian health in the watershed can help mitigate some of these issues.

Funding is available for private land owners in the region who are interested in restoring degraded or lost natural wetlands and riparian areas, enhancing existing natural wetlands and riparian areas, or establishing riparian buffers within their lands.

If a project is approved, all project-related activities INCLUDING reimbursement claim submission must be completed by 1 November, 2021. Expenditures can be from 15 April, 2020, up to 1 November, 2021.

Download the Cropland Application Guide