Those who participate in the Ducks Unlimited Canada Marginal Areas Program and are clients of Farm Credit Canada may be able to access additional funds per acre.
Through Farm Credit Canada’s Sustainability Incentive Program farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba who establish perennial cover on marginal areas through the DUC program may access up to an additional maximum payment of $2,000 or $50/acre of enrolled acres.
Kristine Tapley, national lead for sustainable agriculture at DUC, says that farmers can still graze or mow acres enrolled in the Marginal Areas Program and that the program covers up to 40 acres — though it’s not required those acres be all in one field or block.
The Marginal Areas Program targets areas that are unproductive due to poor drainage, soil conditions, periodic flooding, inaccessibility, or salinity. DUC offers an incentive upfront for participating in the Marginal Areas Program through a 10-year agreement to assist producers with the cost of establishing perennials and alleviate the financial burden associated with land management.