Wheatland County Programs

Amazing funding opportunity for producers in the Rosebud Watershed! 100% Funding available for Livestock Producers for off-site watering systems and streambank fencing.

 

Ranchers play an important role in protecting riparian streambanks and improving water quality in the Rosebud Watershed. These projects also benefit livestock health and flood and drought resiliency on a farm.

 

The Rocky View County and Wheatland County Agricultural Departments are excited to work with producers in our region over the next few years on streambank projects.

* This program is not retroactive. Applications must be approved prior to purchase of materials or services. Forms are available from Wheatland County Agricultural Services staff.

 

This program funds any project which benefits soil, water and air quality as well as biodiversity. Examples of projects include (but not limited to) reclamation of saline areas, pollinator habitat projects, riparian fencing and offsite watering system projects, and ecobuffers (shelterbelts). Applicants may receive a maximum of $5000 per project at a cost share of 50%, once every three years. Projects approved by this program may also be eligible for ALUS annual per acre payments (see below).

The Wheatland ALUS program compensates producers with an annual per-acre fair market payment for projects which improve the environmental function of marginal farmlands (for 5 year terms). Funding is also available for project implementation (such as the purchase of seed or off-site watering systems).  Project examples include (but are not limited to)  riparian protection, reclaiming marginal or saline soils, eco-buffers (trees), wetland projects, and the establishment of pollinator projects. 

 

  • Irrigated Cropland - $75/acre
  • Cropland (including hayland) - $65/acre
  • Seasonal Wetland in Cropland - $50/acre
  • Seasonal Wetland in Pasture - $25/acre
  • Permanent Wetland - $20/acre
  • Pasture - $40/acre
  • High Value Projects* - $300/acre

Projects are approved by the ALUS Wheatland Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) which is made up of local county councillors and Wheatland ASB members at large, representatives of the Wheatland agricultural department, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

* This program is not retroactive. Applications must be approved prior to purchase of materials or services. Forms are available from Wheatland County Agricultural Services staff.

 

The purpose of this program is to enable Wheatland County landowners to protect their water supply. A portion of the cost of contracted Services (eg: Certified Well Driller) and required materials for the protection of groundwater  is funded for the following projects:

 

  • Pitless Adaptor Well Pit Conversion (75% up to $3500 per well)
  • Decommissioning of Unused Wells (75% up to $2500 per well - max. 2 wells)

Landowners may receive a maximum of $6000 over a three year period on a combination of projects.

As of April 9, 2020, the program will no longer be receiving new applications. Please check back in 2021.

 

Wheatland County Council approved a budget of $20,000 in 2020 to support landowners in planting trees and shrubs throughout the municipality. Funding is available for the purchase of seedlings, mulch, and materials for drip irrigation. 

 

Please direct questions and completed applications to Gay Mowat, Administrative Assistant to Agriculture and Environment at 403-361-2166 via email.

ASB will provide up to $6000 in Bursaries annually with a minimum award of $500 and a maximum award of $1500 depending upon the number of applicants that meet the criteria. Bursaries are available to students who reside within the boundaries of Wheatland County including recent graduates (within 3 years). For more information, see here.

External Agency Programs for Funding

DUC offers specialized resources for different regions of Canada, based on conservation needs and landowner priorities. Learn more about programs and information available for your area by visiting their website.

 

  • Forage Program (producers receive a rebate of $100 per 50 lb. bag of forage seed)
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Conservation Easements
  • Winter Wheat Extension

NEW Efficient Grain Dryer

The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is an energy efficiency program intended to assist producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations. The program will only fund equipment that shows a significant energy efficiency improvement over standard practice. Visit CAP for more information.

 

Farm Water Supply Program

This program supports producers to improve their water supply security and more effectively and efficiently manage their on-farm water resources, and to protect their water resources through beneficial management practices. Projects include (but not limited to) drilling new wells, dugout construction, spring developments, and the abandonment of un-used wells, removal of well pits and installation of pit-less adapters. Visit CAP for more information.

 

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change*

The purpose of this program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector. Visit CAP for more information.

Activities include (but are not limited to):

  • livestock watering systems

  • riparian fencing

  • relocation of livestock facility

  • improved manure storage facilities

  • Improved nutrient management: manure application, sectional control systems, controllers

  • pesticide management: i.e. sectional controls, chemical injection systems

  • engineering investigation and/or feasibility assessment

  • agricultural plastic bag rollers

  • shelterbelts

* A current Environmental Farm Plan is required to be eligible for this program.

 

Environmental Farm Plan

The EFP is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. The plan covers aspects of your farmstead site including; water wells, septic systems, and chemical storage to field sites including; crop management, manure management and livestock wintering sites. This program is a free of charge and is confidential.

 

How to complete an EFP for your farm?

Contact Sarah Schumacher to set up an appointment to complete your EFP via email  or by phone at 403.361.2027. Visit Alberta EFP for more information.

 

Irrigation Efficiency

The purpose of this program is to increase water savings and reduce energy use in irrigated agriculture by assisting producers with the purchase of more efficient irrigation equipment and systems. 

Eligible equipment upgrades include:

  • new low-pressure centre pivot to replace a gravity, side-wheel or high-pressure centre pivot,

  • retrofit of a high-pressure centre pivot to a low-pressure centre pivot, including booster pumps, nozzle packages and pump modifications,

  • high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles and related equipment to upgrade an existing low-pressure centre pivot,

  • variable-rate irrigation equipment (controllers and software),

  • control panel upgrades, including base stations for telemetry,

  • surface or subsurface drip irrigation to replace gravity, side-wheel or high pressure centre pivot.

For more information, visit the Canadian Agricultural Partnership website for the full list of programs.

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