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Agri-Environmental Group Plan (AEGP) –
Funding for Sustainable Farming
The Agri-Environmental Group Plan (AEGP) is an initiative within Saskatchewan’s watersheds. It addresses and encourages producers to implement Beneficial Management Practices (BMP). Producers who are willing to change their practices to reduce negative impacts on soil, water, air, and biodiversity within their watershed can apply for funds to cover 30 to 75 per cent of their costs. The maximum of funding is 50,000 CAN Dollars per applicant.
These funds are available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP) which is administered by the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards (PCAB) through their Watershed Awareness Initiative.
Redberry Lake watershed AEGP
In agricultural Saskatchewan there are AEGP’s in almost every watershed. The AEGP within the Redberry Lake watershed covers seven Rural Municipalities (RM): Douglas (RM No. 436), Redberry (RM No. 435), Blaine Lake (RM No. 434), Meeting Lake (RM No. 466), Mayfield (RM No. 405), Great Bend (RM No. 406) and Leask (RM No. 464). The accessible BMP’s depend on the issues identified within the watershed and vary within the different AEGP regions. Please download the available BMP’s in the Redberry Lake watershed AEGP. Local AEGP groups additionally provide workshops on sustainable farming.
Five Steps to Receive CSFSP Funding
You are an agricultural producer in Saskatchewan and you want to apply for one or more Beneficial Management Practices (BMP)? Here is how you proceed:
Answer for yourself the following questions: What system are you currently using? What system are you changing to? What is the environmental benefit of making this change?
Note: You can only apply for funding when there is a benefit to the environment due to your change.
Contact your local AEGP technician. The technician will come out to your farm to advise you on your considered plans and will help you filling out the application form for funding.
Your application will be reviewed at a local Peer Review, then sent to the area PCAB representative, and then to PCAB head office for further review.
Note: You are not guaranteed that your project will be approved, so if you make purchases or complete work prior to receiving approval you are doing so at your own risk.
For eligible projects you will receive an approval letter allowing you to proceed with your project. In addition, you will receive a claim form which you will need to fill out appropriately and send in to PCAB in order to receive funding.
- CSFSP claim form
- Original receipts
- In-kind contributions
- Any other information requested
Note: Claims are based on receipts and records. Keep all receipts related to your project.
Payment will follow.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact your AEGP technician at any time during the process!
For more information visit PCAB's website.
Attention: The Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP) as a part of the Growing Forward is scheduled to close on March 31, 2013. Please read the following information as it may apply to you.
Download the latest AEGP Report 2012/13.