Where There’s Room to Grow

LIVING IN WHEATLAND COUNTY

Funding Opportunities

Wheatland Agricultural Stewardship Program

* 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).

Wheatland ALUS

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

$75.00/Acre

Cropland (including hayland)

$65.00/ Acre

Seasonal Wetland in Cropland

$50.00/Acre

Seasonal Wetland in Pasture

$25.00/Acre

Permanent Wetland

$20.00/Acre

Pasture

$40.00 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.

Wheatland Safe Water Wells Action Program

* 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.

Shelterbelt and Ecobuffer Seeding Program

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. The program officially opened to applications following our Shelterbelt and Ecobuffer Workshop held on February 22, 2020. Due to high expected interest in this first year of funding, a first-round funding deadline of March 20, 2020 has been set. Applications received by this date will be evaluated equally with the intent of dividing funds equitably between applicants. Please note that this will likely mean a reduction in the set funding maximum of $2500 per landowner for this year, but keep in mind that landowners may apply for more funding in subsequent years as the maximum applies to a three-year period.

Applications can be accessed here. Program guidelines can be found within the document.

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

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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. Visit CAP for more information.

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.

ASB Agricultural Bursary

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.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Landowner Resources

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

Agricultural Conservation Programs

Find out more here.

Program Contact
Please contact for more information, program application forms and project assistance.

Sarah Schumacher, Agricultural Conservation Coordinator
Email
Phone: 403-361-2027
Or in person at the Wheatland County administration office

Contact Us

Wheatland County
242006 Rg. Rd. 243 
Highway 1 RR 1
Strathmore, Alberta
T1P 1J6

Ph: (403) 934-3321
Fx: (403) 934-4889
 
Our Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

April 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Council Meeting
April 10, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
STAT - Good Friday
April 13, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
STAT - Easter Monday