Eligible farmers in Alberta can access funding for grain dryer upgrades from a $2 million fund through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

The Efficient Grain Dryer Program will be retroactive to April 1, 2018, to accommodate almost 100 applicants who have been waiting since that time, along with those who may not have known about the program and purchased eligible equipment in the last two years.

“Last harvest was one of the toughest for Alberta farmers. Poor weather, trade irritants, rail strikes, and a carbon tax have all hurt farmers through no fault of their own,” says Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. “This new program will help farmers remain competitive and keep producing the best high-quality food in the world.”

Applicants will be able to choose equipment that makes sense for the size and volume of their agri-business and improve energy efficiency within their operations, according to a news release. Eligible expenses will be cost-shared, with 50 per cent funding from the grant and 50 per cent funding from the applicant.

As of Monday morning, the CAP website was not updated to reflect what was or wasn’t eligible under the new program.

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