Farmers who bought a new planter with a dust deflector, retro-fitted an after market one or fabricated their own since last spring may be eligible for cost-share funding through the Great Lakes Agriculture Stewardship Initiative program.
Margaret May, regional coordinator with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, is reminding farmers that the deadline to apply for the cost-share program is March 31. “Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and up to $3,000,” May says. The cost-share is retroactive back to April 1, 2014.
There is also funding available for custom manure applicators under the same GLASI umbrella.
The GLASI funding is part of a larger initiative that’s going to be unfolding in the coming weeks a few pieces at a time — farmers will have to stay in the loop to make sure they’re making the most of what’s available to them, says May in the interview below.
Also of note, May shares more details of the Farm Land Health Checkup, a project that will have farmers working with a certified crop agronomist to drill down deeper on soil management. The Farm Land Health Checkup is done in addition to an environmental farm plan, May says.
More on this funding program can be found here: www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/
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