Prairie Post (East Edition)

It's time to apply for agricultur­al programs

- By Brittany Compton,

As we approach the final months of the current fiveyear Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p, you may be asking yourself, “Is there still time to apply for funding?”

Well, you’re in luck—for most programs, producers have until March 15, 2023 to send in their claims or rebate applicatio­ns. However, don’t wait: if you’re planning on making some improvemen­ts regarding water developmen­t, environmen­tal sustainabi­lity and risk management, now is the time to start.

Some of the programs available to Saskatchew­an producers include:

• Farm and Ranch Water Infrastruc­ture Program (FRWIP) - FRWIP has been one of the most popular programs, especially with the extreme dry conditions we experience­d during the past couple of years. FRWIP provides a 50 per cent rebate on eligible expenses to a maximum of $50,000 for the developmen­t of new water sources (dugouts, pipelines and wells) for agricultur­al use or for the expansion of existing dugouts. FRWIP is a rebate program, so producers who have already developed a new water source should submit their rebate claim forms after their water project is completed. Consider this program if you need to develop a new sustainabl­e water source for your operation.

• Irrigation Developmen­t and Efficiency Programmin­g - This pre-approval program supports sustainabl­e agricultur­e water management and adaptation to climate change by expanding irrigation developmen­t and improving irrigation efficienci­es.

• Farm Stewardshi­p Program - This program provides support and financial assistance for producers to implement nine different beneficial management practices (BMPs) that enhance sustainabi­lity and resiliency in the sector. This includes funding for seeding forages, fencing, relocation of livestock facilities

and drainage stewardshi­p BMPs.

• Assurance Systems Producer Program - This program is designed to provide support to producers and Crown land pasture grazing associatio­ns in the apiculture, beef cattle, bison, cervid, dairy, goats, poultry, sheep and swine sectors through rebates on eligible equipment. The purpose of the program is to increase participat­ion in biosecurit­y and animal welfare initiative­s.

• Agricultur­al Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Program - ASK provides a rebate to help producers access training related to farm management. Look at the list of eligible courses and training activities, as it’s always a good idea to keep learning.

Not sure where to begin? Not sure which program would benefit your operation? We have a team of specialist­s ready to help you answer these and other questions. “As program specialist­s, we want to know about your

operation and what your needs are,” Agricultur­e Programs Specialist, Brynn Jones said. “Through a conversati­on, we can match you up with the program(s) best suited for you.”

Our specialist­s can also make sure you have everything you need to apply. Often applicants miss required project informatio­n, which can delay the process. “We know the programs, the requiremen­ts and the applicatio­ns,” Jones added. “We take the guess work out of the process and make sure your applicatio­n is complete.”

With less than one year remaining in the current suite of programs, we encourage all producers to make use of them. Please contact your nearest agricultur­e programs specialist for detailed informatio­n on program eligibilit­y and deadlines, call the Agricultur­e Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or visit our CAP page. In addition, stay tuned for program details under the new 5-year Sustainabl­e Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p which will launch April 1, 2023

Compton is a Communicat­ions Consultant, Saskatchew­an Agricultur­e Communicat­ions Branch, Regina

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