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)

*Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2021 to provide a valid Statement of Completion to the program administrator to be reimbursed for project costs.


  

 

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

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

Beneficial Management Practice

Cost Share

(government:applicant)

Funding Cap Application Form
101 Resource Management Planning 50:50 $15,000 Application form - 101
201 Establishment of a Cover Crop 25:75 $10,000

Application form - 201

202 Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations 25:75 $10,000 Application form - 202
203 Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands 50:50 $10,000 Application form - 203
301 Improved Pasture and Forage Quality 25:75 $10,000 Application form - 301
302 Intercropping 50:50 $10,000 Application form - 302
403 Liquid Manure Storage Odour Reduction 50:50 $50,000 Application form - 403
404 Barn Odour Reduction 25:75 $100,000 Application form - 404
501 Farmyard Runoff Control 50:50 $50,000 Application form - 501
502 Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas 50:50 $50,000 Application form - 502
503*

Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas

50:50 $10,000 Application form - 503
601 Sub-Surface Drainage Water Management  50:50 $50,000 Application form - 601
602 Utilization of Drainage Water 50:50 $15,000 Application form - 602
702 Pesticide Storage 25:75 $10,000 Application form - 702
703 Secondary Containment 25:75 $10,000 Application form - 703

*Please see the Dugout Construction Guidelines (PDF 254 KB) for more information.

More detailed information on each BMP, including eligible and ineligible costs, is provided in the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers Guidebook (PDF 530 KB)

For all agri-environment BMPs in Manitoba, the total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP 404: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP 503: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) 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 program.


HOW TO APPLY

1. Review the Farmers Guidebook (PDF 530 KB) before you complete your application form to ensure you meet all requirements for eligibility and full details on the specific BMP you are applying to. 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 for the beneficial management practive you would like to apply for from the the table above.

3. Applications, with required documentation, can be emailed to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:

  • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
  • attach all required documents before sending
  • include your name, business or organization, contact information and the activity you are applying for in the body of the email

4. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.

5. Only costs paid out after the date indicated in your funding decision letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before this date are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.

6. When your project is completed, submit a claim including itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to: 

  Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 4A4.

7. Payment will issued according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter and upon meeting all of the reporting requirements.

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


APPLICATION DEADLINE

December 6, 2019

Note: Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2021 to provide a valid Statement of Completion to the program administrator to be 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. Benefits include the potential for farms to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water, mitigate and adapt to climate change; and increase the level of carbon stored in the soil. Adoption of on farm strategies that improve environmental stewardship can assist in mitigating potential nuisance complaints and enhance public trust of their operations.

3. Project Planning: Project planning proposals are scored on their ability to clearly show that the project design will result in the intended outcome. Projects must be adequately designed and applications must clearly identify locations, steps, process and intent, especially with respect to environmental benefit. The costs must be properly itemized, specific and realistic. The BMP applied for should alleviate risks identified in the applicant's Environmental Farm Plan workbook.