Agriculture

Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Assurance: Environment Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)


The Assurance: Environment grant helps farmers and industry service providers implement and adopt beneficial management practices (BMPs) as identified in Environmental Farm Plans. The purpose is to enhance Manitoba's and Canada's reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality foods that are produced in an environmentally responsible manner.
 
Who can apply?
Farmers, including individuals, partnerships, or registered corporations or co-operatives are eligible to apply if their activities related to the application occur in Manitoba. Eligible industry service providers include the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures and licensed commercial manure applicators.
 
When are the application deadlines?
For BMP 503 projects only - Applications for the next intake will be received beginning June 8, 2021 until 11:59 p.m. CST on September 1, 2021.
 
What do we fund?
For farmers, eligible sectors include:
  • resource efficiency planning
  • soil improvement
  • greenhouse gas reduction
  • manure and livestock management
  • drainage water management
  • hazardous products management
The BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to farmers are:
Beneficial Management Practice

Intake

Status

Cost Share
(government:applicant)
Funding Cap
101 Resource Management Planning CLOSED 50:50 $15,000
201 Establishment of a Cover Crop CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
202 Increasing Frequency of Perennials in Annual Rotations CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
203 Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands CLOSED 50:50 $10,000
301 Improved Pasture and Forage Quality CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
302 Intercropping CLOSED 50:50 $10,000
403 Liquid Manure Storage Odour Reduction CLOSED 50:50 $50,000
404 Barn Odour Reduction CLOSED 25:75 $100,000
501 Farmyard Runoff Control CLOSED 50:50 $50,000
502 Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas CLOSED 50:50 $50,000
503* OPEN 50:50 $10,000
601 Sub-Surface Drainage Water Management  CLOSED 50:50 $50,000
602 Utilization of Drainage Water CLOSED 50:50 $15,000
702 Pesticide Storage CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
703 Secondary Containment CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
*Please see the Dugout Construction Guidelines (PDF 254 KB) for more information.
*Please see FAQ Sheet (PDF 584 KB) for more information.

 

For industry service providers, eligible sectors include:

  • direct manure injection
  • in-season manure application
  • improved pasture and forage quality
  • manure and livestock management
The BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to select industry service providers are:
Beneficial Management Practice Intake Status
Cost Share
(government:applicant)
Funding Cap
FOR LICENCED COMMERCIAL MANURE APPLICATORS:
401 Direct manure injection CLOSED 50:50 $60,000
402 In-season manure application CLOSED 25:75 $100,000
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY PASTURES (AMCP):
301 Improved Pasture and Forage Quality CLOSED 25:75 $10,000
503* OPEN 50:50 $10,000
*Please see the Dugout Construction Guidelines (PDF 254 KB) for more information.
*Please see the FAQ Sheet (PDF 584 KB) for more information.
 
How much may we fund?
Government support cannot exceed 25 or 50 per cent of eligible expenses, depending on project type, with varying funding caps from $10,000 to $100,000. The total maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $60,000 (not including BMP: Barn Odour Reduction and BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas) over the term of the Ag Action Manitoba program. Farmers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of Ag Action Manitoba. Only one application per BMP on the same parcel of land and/or for a single project where there may be common components across multiple applications, will be eligible for funding.
 
Making an Application:
 Additional Information:
  • Once a decision on an application has been made, the applicant will receive a notification letter on the status of their project.
  • Applications will be assessed and rated by technical reviewers based on:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Successful applicants may be required to enter into a funding agreement with the Manitoba government before any funding is provided. The agreement lists the rights and responsibilities of all parties with respect to government funding. 
  • Submitted receipts must be from applicants to be eligible for funding.
  • Reports and itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments will be required to make a claim.
  • Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter and upon meeting all of the reporting requirements.
  • An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.
 CONTACT US:
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
CAP-Ag Action Manitoba
Toll Free telephone: 1-844-769-6224
Email:
agaction@gov.mb.ca
Website:
https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/canadian-agricultural-partnership/ag-action-manitoba-program/