AEGP

Agri-Environmental Group Plan

Programs Available

Agriculture, In Sync with the Environment

Agri-Environmental Group Plans (AEGP) provide education and awareness to deal with environmental issues.  The Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed works in conjunction with the Calling Lakes Farm Stewardship Group (west) and the Eastern Lower Qu'Appelle AEGP (east) to provide producers access to the AEGPs. 

What can your Agri-Environmental Group Plan do for you?

We works to assist producers within the Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed in implementing Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). There are a number of BPMs that are available to receive funding . BMPs aim to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the environment through Farm Stewardship Program, cost-sharing funding.

 

How BMP's Work for Your Farm
Producers often hear us refer to BMP's and wonder what it is and how it helps them.  BMP's are Beneficial Management Practices that help maintain or improve the quality of soil, water, air or biodiversity resources.
A BMP is defined as any agricultural management practices which:
  • Ensure the long-term health and sustainability of land-related resources used for agricultural production;
  • Positively impact the long-term economic and environmental viability of agricultural production; and
  • Minimize negative impacts and risks to the environment.
This creates a win-win situation for both the producer and the environment.  Sustainability ensures a producer's livelihood can be maintained while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. The Farm Stewardship Program provides eligible Saskatchewan producers with financial assistance to implement BMP's within seven different categories available for funding. 

They range from Creek and Stream Crossing and Protecting Erodible Soils to Variable Rate Fertilizer Equipment and Mapping.
Often the aim of the BMP's is to protect the surface water and groundwater from contamination.  Simple practices can be put in place to reduce contamination from livestock or runoff.  Even one project can impact the downstream water quality.  When a producer seeds marginal land from annual crop production to forage they reduce erosion, increase biodiversity, reduce flooding and filter out sediments and pathogens.  Their land is often more productive in forage allowing them to pasture cattle or grow feed that can be used on their farm land or sold.  

Within the Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed over 4500 acres were seeded through the Farm Stewardship Program to forage in 2015.

The Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed's Agr-Environmental Group Plans (AEGP's) assist local Producers with funding and education to implement BMP's.

contact your local AEGP  Technician:

Bonnie Mandziak (west)
306-795-7279
bonnie.mandziak@lqws.ca
         
Shawna Green (east)
306-434-8690
shawna.green@lqws.ca