Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
To foster an agricultural industry that is environmentally sustainable, responsive to the impacts of climate change and contributes to a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases:
The program will assist producers to evaluate the environmental and climate change risks associated with their operations, acquire knowledge and tools to address these risks, provide financial incentives to help them implement solutions and assist them to enhance their land base.
• Indigenous peoples or organizations
• Agriculture producers (individuals or groups)
• Agriculture producer associations
• Academic or research institutions
• Other individuals or groups capable of achieving program objectives
A: Environmental Management Planning: This element will support and promote the development, adoption and implementation of environmental management practices through knowledge transfer activities such as workshops, development and implementation of environmental management tools, and production of technical resource materials. This element is also intended for studies on climate change adaptation and preparedness and to potentially support the implementation of response plans at the producer or regional level.
B: Agro-Environmental Clubs: This element will provide funding to assist the Agro-Environmental Clubs in their efforts to support farms with quality services and leadership with environmental awareness, Nutrient Management Planning, Integrated Pest Management, soil health, information for on-farm improvements, and Environmental Farm Planning. The Clubs will also foster environmental leadership across agricultural sectors and regions. The membership or outreach of the Clubs will be expanded to support the agricultural community to widen the knowledge, and information and technology transfer as it relates to environmental sustainability. Agro-Environmental Clubs will promote and hold field days and professional development events to include non-members to help establish Club members as role models for the farming community.
C: Food Processor / Packer / Abattoir Waste Management Systems: This element will assist small to medium food processors, packers and abattoirs to develop and construct waste management systems to help address environmental and public health concerns.
D: Adoption of Environmental Beneficial Management Practices: This element will assist producers in taking concrete steps to improve the environmental performance of their operations. A menu of options will be available for targeted implementation of on-farm actions including an increased focus on promoting public benefit practices. There will also be a focus on energy conservation and energy audits with programs that can be used to retrofit facilities or enhance farming practices to become more energy efficient. Participation will be predicated on the completion of an eligible Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Only agricultural producers (individuals or groups) are eligible under this element.