||Details on Growing Forward 2 programs, including the new On-Farm Water Management Program, became available April 2, 2013. As of April 1, 2014, this program will enter its second year of operation and is expected to terminate March 15, 2018.
This program provides technical assistance to agricultural producers to complete a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP), and shares the cost of related enhancements of their on-farm water supply management.
The Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Water Management Program (2013-2018) addresses two key industry priorities.
- Improved resource management. The program helps producers achieve greater water security and more effective and efficient management of their on-farm water resources, enhancing the sustainability of those resources.
- Improved production capacity. Producers who improve their water management capability advance the long-term competitiveness of their operation, making them better able to embrace business opportunities
Producers, corporations and not-for-profit organizations with an active agricultural business in Alberta and a minimum of $10,000 of farm commodity production income are eligible. An eligible on-farm water project can be located on private land, rented land, and certain types of Crown land subject to prior written approval from the landowner.
All participants must have completed a Long-Term Water Management Plan (new or amended) and have it approved by an ARD Water Specialist before starting a water project for their application to be considered eligible. LTWMPs that were approved during GF1 are still valid if they are accurate and identify the eligible water project you are interested in completing.
The On-Farm Water Management Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management, arising from a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP). These eligible costs are offered through Standard and Special Incentive projects described in detail in the On-Farm Water Management Program factsheet.
- Standard Incentive projects include construction of water sources such as wells, dugouts, spring developments, dams and pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to one-third of expenses, to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant.
- Special Incentive projects include well decommissioning, well pit conversions, water meters, water well depth measurement equipment, and connections to multi-user water supply pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of expenses, to a specified maximum per applicant or project.
The land on which a Project is completed must be located in the Province of Alberta and be actively farmed by the Applicant at the time the Project is completed. Eligible projects are normally completed on private land. However eligible projects can also be completed on certain types of crown land and right of ways with prior approval of appropriate agency. (See Section 4.2 of the current Terms and Conditions Version 1).
Additional On-Farm Water Management program information, is available on-line.