The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five year, $388 million dollar federal and provincal investment funding term for strategic initatives in Saskatchewan agriculture. The Farm Stewardship and Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Programs are back under the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change division of CAP! This division supports funding for rural water development and environmental programming.
The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP)
FRWIP is designed to support the development of secure and sustainable water sources for agricultural use in Saskatchewan, mitigate the impact of drought, and improve public safety and reduce potential groundwater contamination through well decommissioning. Rebate projects include new wells, new dugouts and/or expansions, and water pipeline projects. Pre-approval projects include large and small diameter well decomissioning and special projects.
Before starting any project all permits, permissions, and approvals must be obtained. These can include Aquatic Habitat Protection Permits, Lands Branch permissions for Crown Land, or permits from the Ministry of Environment or Water Secuirty Agency. Land that is designated as Critical Habitat, has a Crown Conservation Easement, protected under the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act or Species at Risk are present must be checked for funding eligibility. Contact South of the Divide Conservation Action Program at (306)-530-1385 email@example.com. You can also contact your Agri-Environmental Technical Services provider by reaching out to your local watershed group.
The Farm Stewardship Program (FSP)
FSP provides Saskatchewan producers funding to implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) in three priority areas – water, climate change and biodiversity. The FSP focuses on four outcomes: demonstrated improvements on water quality and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced resilience of the agriculture sector, and maintaining Biodiversity.
What is a BMP?
Any agricultural management practice that: ensures the long-term health and sustainability of land-related resources used for agricultural production, positively impacts the long-term economic and environmental viability of agricultural production, and minimizes negative impacts and risk to the environment. Funding is aquired through pre-approval applications whihc include the following projects:
Invasive Plant Biocontrol and Targeted Grazing
Native Rangeland Grazing Management
Permanent Tame Forage
Permanent Native Forage
Riparian Grazing Management
Multi-producer Water Management
Variable Rate Mapping (Rebate only)
For information on all the FRWIP and FSP funding projects, eligibility (including permits, permissions, and approvals) please visit the Saskatchewan.ca link below or call the Agricultural Knowledge Center at 1-866-457-2377.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL SERVICES
The Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards along with other watershed stewardship groups and associates in Saskatchewan can offer free technical services for completion of CAP applications. For the Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards technician please contact Dallas Peters at 306-770-4606 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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