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Growing Assurance builds strong foundations by advancing assessment, adoption and implementation of environmental, food safety, animal welfare, plant and animal health, biosecurity and traceability systems and activities that support national initiatives, as well as conserve and enhance ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape.
Environmental sustainability includes taking actions to reduce negative effects on the environment and farming operations. Improving environmental sustainability creates a valuable legacy for the next farming generation by protecting our resources and continuing to improve sustainability through practices that help:
The Growing Assurance program contains four streams that address environmental sustainability: Farmland Beaver Damage Control, Environmental Farm Plans, Best Management Practices and Ecological Goods and Services.
When nuisance beavers on agricultural land cause problems such as flooding or damage, this program provides funding for beaver removal, pond levelers, beaver deceivers and dam removal.
The adoption of environmental farm planning enhances Canada's reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality foods produced in an environmentally responsible way.
Producers will continue to receive support to develop and update Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) under the Growing Assurance program. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid and to be eligible to apply for financial assistance in adopting beneficial management practices (BMP).
If you do not have a Statement of Completion, or need to renew your Statement of Completion, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture GO Office to register for an EFP workshop.
Growing Assurance - Environment helps farmers improve the environmental sustainability of their operations with funds for specific beneficial management practices (BMPs) that support the Manitoba government's strategy to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water.
Cost shared funding is available to producers to help implement the following specific eligible BMPs identified in their EFP action plan:
How to apply for Growing Assurance - Environment.
Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S) are the positive environmental benefits that Canadians get from healthy ecosystems, including clean water and air, and enhanced biodiversity. Manitoba is strongly committed to the continued development of provincial sustainable development and EG&S initiatives.
Growing Assurance - EG&S provides financial assistance to local Conservation Districts to work with producers to implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) on farms to conserve and enhance EG&S on the agricultural landscape. BMP categories include:
How to apply for Growing Assurance - EG&S