Agricultural Land Enhancement Program
The Agricultural Land Enhancement Program under the Canada/New Brunswick Agreement of Growing Forward 2 will help fulfill demands for the development of land for agriculture in New Brunswick. This program will support agriculture producers in bringing new land into production and in improving the productivity of existing land through:
• more sustainable crop rotations;
• increased land base for the production of crops; and
• increased self-sufficiency in the production of livestock feed crops.
This initiative is available to agricultural producers, partnerships and incorporated companies carrying out agricultural operations in New Brunswick. (See Guidelines for more details).
Program Elements - There are two elements for this program:
I. LAND IMPROVEMENT:
Financial assistance of up to 35% of eligible expenses is being offered to a maximum annual total assistance per applicant of $5,000 under his element. Eligible activities include:
A: General Land Clearing – To provide an expanded land base to support beneficial production techniques such as lengthened crop rotations for potatoes or to promote increased or improved crop production on an expanded or renewed land base by removing trees, stumps, roots, brush, rock and other debris and by preparing the newly cleared land for cultivation.
B: Blueberry Land Clearing – To provide an expanded land base to support beneficial production techniques as well as to promote increased or improved blueberry production on an expanded, or renewed land base by removing trees, stumps, roots, brush, rock and other debris.
C: Land Consolidation - remove rock piles, bedrock outcrops and line fences that are impediments to efficient and sustainable modern mechanized agricultural practices.
D: General Land Levelling/Land Forming - To improve land productivity or production efficiencies by the levelling or forming of fields to improve the ease of mechanized production.
E: Blueberry Land Levelling – To improve land productivity or production efficiencies by the levelling of fields to allow for or improve the ease of mechanized production techniques (harvesting, pruning).
II. SUITABILITY ASSESSMENT ELEMENT:
Financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible expenses up to a maximum total assistance per applicant of $50,000. Higher levels of assistance (e.g. higher % assistance or higher maximum contributions) may be considered where strong rationale and significant benefit back to the sector as a whole can be demonstrated.
The objective of this element is to support the identification and assessment of suitable crop and livestock lands by supporting the professional assessment of lands for the production of existing, new and emerging crops.
The application form and guidelines provided in the section "Forms and Packages" at the right-hand side describe the procedure to follow.