Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers

Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices

DESCRIPTION

Ag Action Manitoba provides funding that will help farmers implement and adopt beneficial management practices (BMP) on their farm identified in their Environmental Farm Plan.


WHO QUALIFIES

 Farmers: 

  • must have a valid Statement of Completion for an Environmental Farm Plan*
  • without a valid Statement of Completion will be ineligible for reimbursement of project costs
  • must own, rent, lease, manage or otherwise control agricultural land used to produce agricultural products 
  • must own or control land where the project will be located (or have permission from the land owner to execute the project)
  • can be from inside or outside of Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application occur in Manitoba or have a positive outcome for Manitoba 
  • must have a valid Environmental Farm Plan from their province of residence, if from outside of Manitoba* 
  • must have a Manitoba Premises Identification Number (only required for livestock producers)

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

The BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers are:

 

Beneficial Management Practice

Cost Share

(government:applicant)

Funding Cap
101 Resource Management Planning 50:50 $15,000
201 Establishment of a Cover Crop 25:75 $10,000
301 Improved Pasture and Forage Quality 25:75 $10,000
302 Intercropping 50:50 $10,000
403 Liquid Manure Storage Odour Reduction 50:50 $50,000
404 Barn Odour Reduction 25:75 $100,000
503 Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas 50:50 $10,000
601 Sub-Surface Drainage Water Management  50:50 $50,000
702 Pesticide Storage 25:75 $10,000
703 Secondary Containment 25:75 $10,000
  

More detailed information on each BMP is provided in the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers Guide to the Terms and Conditions (PDF 533 KB).

Eligible and ineligible costs are specific to each BMP.

For all agri-environment BMPs in Manitoba, the total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program.

Famers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba.


HOW TO APPLY

1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Guide for Farmers Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 533 KB) 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 application form (PDF 2 MB).

3. To help complete your application, refer to the Program Guide for details on requirements for the specific BMP.

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 or a contribution agreement 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 written approval 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 upon meeting all of the above requirements and according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter.

10. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • 11:59 PM  Monday, September 3, 2018

Note: Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2019 to provide a valid Statement of Completion to the program administrator to be fully reimbursed for project costs.


WHO TO CONTACT

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

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Applications will be assessed and rated by technical reviewers based on:

1. Environmental Benefit Assessment Index: The level to which the project addresses environment risk is determined using an environmental benefit assessment index (EBAI). The EBAI generates a rating of the environmental benefits that a specific land use change or other environmental practice (your project) would incur. Environmental benefit categories included in the program’s index are weighted to appropriately stress the objectives of the program and take into account items such as water, air, soil nutrients and biodiversity.

2. Provincial Program Priorities: Agriculture sustainability should promote a profitable and competitive agricultural sector, while reducing the impact of agricultural activities on the environment. These include the potential to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water, and mitigate and adapt to climate change; the potential to increase the level of carbon stored in the soil; and strategies that improve environmental stewardship and assist with meeting regulatory compliance and mitigating potential complaints.

3. Project Planning: Project planning proposals are scored based on their ability to clearly show the integrity of the project’s intent and design. Project applications must have adequate design and must clearly identify locations, steps, process and intent, especially in regards to environmental benefit. The costs must be properly itemized, specific and realistic. The BMP applied for must alleviate the risks identified in the Environmental Farm Plan workbook.