Farmers and ranchers interested in accessing funding through the Prairie Watershed Climate Program should get ready to submit their projects in early August, says Lynne Roszell, with the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds.
The exact intake date for the On-Farm Climate Action Fund program in Manitoba and Saskatchewan has not been announced, but details of what’s eligible for funding under the three main pillars of the fund are now public.
Roszell, speaking with Kelvin Heppner at Ag in Motion ’22, explains that farmers and ranchers can apply for up to $75 thousand in funding for purchases related to nitrogen fertilizer emissions reductions, rotational grazing, and cover cropping.
While the intake is not yet open, Roszell says that some costs incurred after mid-February could be eligible for funding if a project is approved. This could include nitrogen stabilizers and slow release fertilizers, modifications to seeding equipment, solar or wind powered watering systems, or cover crop seed.
Roszell notes that there is a planning component to each project, so farmers and ranchers should plan to work with a CCA or P.Ag on developing a best management practice plan to be submitted with their application.
The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds is working with the Manitoba Watersheds Association to administer the OFCAF program in Saskatchewan. The Canola Council of Canada is also one of 12 organizations administering OFCAF funding, however details of the CCC’s program have not yet been announced.
For more details, listen to the full interview, and visit saskwatersheds.ca.