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LIVING IN WHEATLAND COUNTY

Funding Opportunities

Wheatland County Water Protection Initiative

* 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 Wheatland County’s Water Protection Initiative (WPI) is to enable Wheatland County landowners to conserve or improve water quality in Wheatland County. Funding is available to assist with projects that fall under two main categories:

  • Groundwater Initiative
    This program covers a portion of the cost of contracted Services (eg: Certified Well Driller) and required materials for the protection of groundwater. Funding is available for:
    • Pitless Adaptor Well Pit Conversion
    • Decommissioning of Unused Wells

Funding coverage for groundwater projects is set at 75% up to $3500 per landowner.

  • Surface Water Initiative
    This program covers a portion of the cost of materials for riparian enhancement and protection projects and labour. Funding is available for:
    • Riparian Protection Projects i.e. Fencing
    • Off-Site Watering System Projects

Funding coverage for surface water projects is set at: 50% up to $5000 for riparian fencing, and 75% up to $3500 for off-site watering systems and other riparian protection projects.

Program Contact
Please return completed forms to Wheatland County
Attn: Sarah Schumacher via
Mail: Hwy 1, R.R. 1, Strathmore, AB T1P 1J6
Email
Fax: 403.934.4889
Phone: 403-361-2027
Or in person at the county administration building

 

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

  •  Farm Water Supply Program
    Water supply development and conveyance projects, including construction of water sources such as wells, dugouts, spring developments, dams, pipelines, and connections to a multi-user water supply pipeline.
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change
    Activities include (but are not limited to) Beneficial Management Practices, such as:
    • watering systems
    • riparian fencing
    • livestock facility management
    • improved manure storage facilities
    • manure application
    • sectional controls
    • 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 phone 403.361.2027

Visit Alberta EFP for more information

  • Irrigation Efficiency
    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.

Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program (FEAP)

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments. The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Projects include: insulation, sub-meters, energy audits, lighting, heating and refrigeration, and ventilation.

For more information visit Agriculture Alberta website here.

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program

The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the environmental footprint of Alberta's agriculture industry.

For more information visit Agriculture Alberta website here.

ASB Agricultural Bursary

The Wheatland County Agricultural Service Board has opportunities for students to apply for $500 bursaries to assist with the cost of furthering their education in the agricultural field. 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.

Agricultural Conservation Programs

Find out more here.

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

November 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Water & Agriculture Conference
December 4, 2018
9:00 AM -
Council Meeting
December 12, 2018
9:00 AM -
Municipal Planning Commission meeting