Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers

Assurance: Biosecurity for Horticulture

DESCRIPTION

Ag Action Manitoba provides funding for testing of soil diseases, pests and pathogens.

Producers can implement practices to avoid or minimize the movement of these diseases from infected fields to other fields on their farms or neighbouring farms.


WHO QUALIFIES

Horticulture producers:

  • with a CanadaGAP accredited Food Safety Certification in good standing

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

There is a cost share ratio of 50:50 for this focus area and a funding cap of $3,000 per farm. Eligible horticulture producers may receive funding for:

  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Verticillium dahliae and verticillium albo-atrum
  • PCR testing for clubroot

There are funding caps on select items as follows:

  • PCR Verticillum testing: $2,000
  • PCR club root testing: $2,000

For example, if a horticulture farmer spends $5,000 testing fields for clubroot, the financial assistance for the testing will be limited to the cap of $2,000.

In-kind contributions such as wages, salaries or equipment use are ineligible. 


HOW TO APPLY

  1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 0.4 MB) before you complete your application form to ensure you meet all requirements for eligibility. On the application you will be required to state that you have read, understand and agree to abide by all the requirements set out in the guide.
  2. Download the fillable pdf application form (PDF 1.9 MB).
  3. To help complete your application, have the following information:
    • a copy of your current certificate under the CanadaGAP Food Safety
    • number of full-time and part-time employees (less than 20 hours per week) hired by your horticulture operation
    • number of soil samples that have been submitted by your horticulture operation for testing for each of club root, Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum in the past year
  4. Applications with required documentation can be emailed to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:
    • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
    • include your name, business or organization, contact information and the activity you are applying for in the body of the email
  5. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.
  6. You must receive a funding decision letter before you start any work on your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received notification will not be accepted.
  7. Only costs paid out after the date on your approval letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before the project’s approval is received in writing, are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.
  8. When your project is completed, submit itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to:

    Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 3JN 
  9. Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter and upon meeting all the requirements in the funding decision letter. 
  10. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is received.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Friday, August 3, 2018*
  • Friday, September 14, 2018*

*Subject to funding availability.

Applications are reviewed and assessed on a first come first serve basis until funds for this focus area are fully allocated.


 

WHO TO CONTACT

  • Email the program administrator
  • 1-844-769-6224

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Producers cannot receive funding for the same or similar Assurance activity items received under Growing Forward 2. Priority for funding is given to farmers who have not previously participated in this focus area.
  • Applicants agree to participate in follow up surveys on the impact of the items purchased on their farm operations.