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Ag-Focused Supports and Funding Sources

The growth and long-term sustainability of our region's agricultural sector is one of the MD's primary mandates. The Agricultural Services team works in partnership with the Agricultural Service Board to research and review different federal, provincial and regional programs that can help area producers maintain environmentally and fiscally sustainable operations.

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First announced in 2021, the On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is a Government of Canada initiative to help farmers tackle climate change. OFCAF is part of the federal Agricultural Climate Solutions initiative.

The objective of the OFCAF is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of:

  1. Nitrogen management
  2. Cover cropping
  3. Rotational grazing practices

These practices also provide other environmental benefits such as improved biodiversity and soil health. Other activities to support the adoption of beneficial management practices, such as outreach, education and training are supported.

If your farm is considering making changes in any of these areas, check out the program delivery partners listed below.

OFCAF Program Delivery Partners

AFSC AgriRecovery Financial Assistance Program

The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation's (AFSC) AgriRecovery Financial Assistance Program helps producers recover extraordinary costs beyond what is available through other financial assistance programs.

Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA)

The CFGA helps distribute funds for the On-Farm Climate Action Fund in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

The CFGA is pleased to announce funding for 2024 projects under the On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) for implementation of short duration rotational grazing and pasture seeding improvements. The first round of applications intake will be from March 8 to March 15 and the second round will be from April 1 to 30. 

Canola 4R Advantage

Canola 4R Advantage offers incentives to help growers initiate or advance 4R Nutrient Stewardship on canola acres. Expanding the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is an important opportunity to improve fertilizer efficiency, which is good for both farm productivity and our environment. Funding for Canola 4R Advantage is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the OFCAF.

Farming the Web

Farming the Web is a new venture taken on by the Alberta Forage Industry Network (AFIN) through a successful grant application to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) for funding to create and power Farming the Web a site for those who want to buy or sell agriculture products.

Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR)

RDAR's producer-guided priorities direct where research dollars will allow the industry to thrive in today’s evolving economy and climate. Through 2019, the Government of Alberta conducted numerous in-person and online sessions, engaging with over 2,000 farmers, ranchers, and industry partners to glean their insights on the future of agricultural research in Alberta. RDAR was created as a result of these consultations.

RDAR targets strategic investments in producer-led, results-driven agriculture research to power the competitiveness, profitability, productivity and sustainability of agriculture in Alberta.

Today, RDAR manages a comprehensive research catalog of over 400 impactful projects that increase farm cash receipts, promote value-added investments, and generate employment opportunities across our industry.

RDAR looks to create positive change for producers across Alberta, by establishing relationships across Canada and beyond to bring the best practices, knowledge and research results to producers and encourage adoption.

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