Information on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards would like to give you a quick update on the deliver of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership program (CAP).
As of October 1, 2019 we no longer deliver technical service to our producers within our watershed. This was a decision based on the uptake for the program we had anticipated for - was not there.
Many RM's have likely received a visit or phone call from either Assiniboine Watershed, Lower Souris or Upper Souris Watershed groups that will assist producers in your area or the Ministry of Agriculture has technicians to assist as well.
Producers can call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377
for assistance and more information.
We also want to clarify that the Ministry of Agriculture along with the Canada Federal Agriculture financially partner to deliver this program to our many producers throughout the province. Ministry of Agriculture then partners with watershed stewardship groups and other agri environmental groups to advertise for them, hold workshops, educate and deliver technical services on the different programs that are available to producers, including funding that may be available for projects.
Recently, there has been a misconception that membership dollars are used solely to deliver this program. This is not true. Ministry of Agriculture enters into contracts with groups to deliver this program, a contractual arrangement to deliver it. In our case, we were offered $50,000 in the first year and $18,000 in the 2nd year. These funds were used to put on workshops, advertise, and have a technician available, these funds were always kept separate from the membership dollars received as well as the $74,500 operating grant we receive from Water Security Agency.
The membership dollars that LQWS receives, goes to support forging partnerships among citizens, scientists and professionals to foster the management and protection of our lakes, rivers and streams. Our mission statement remains the same of a "long term, stable, high-quality water supply for the people with water quality in the lower Qu'Appelle Lakes that will be able to support recreation, fishing and economic development within the ecological limits of the system".
We will continue to work with stakeholders and our partners including Ministry of Agriculture to continue our work with Source Water Protection and the key action items in our plan. This will include advancing our research work that we have done on the Agriculture Land Use and Water Quality. We understand that water quality is increasingly at risk due to nutrient pollution entering river systems from cities, industrial zones and agricultural areas and are typically the largest non-point source of water pollution. One of the action items will be to explore the potential effects of different Beneficial Management Practices (BMP's) in mitigating water pollution, and understand the functionality and value of the preferred policies and potential barriers to BMP implementation on the land.
We will continue to focus on other action items ranging from water use and future demand, drainage, and the protection of wetland and riparian areas and the overall health of our ecosystem.
LQWS would like to thank you for your past and continued support whether it be in-kind or financial. Without this, we wouldn't be able to continue with our program and research. Remember, our watershed plan was built by you for our future generations.
The Farm Stewardship Program is here to provide information and financial assistance for producers to implement beneficial management practices (BMP's) that enhance sustainability and resiliency in the sector.
Earn a maximum of $50,000 gross farm income in Saskatchewan
Each BMP may also have specific eligibility criteria.
Each BMP has its own funding limits and eligibility requirements.
Separate applications must be made for each eligible project.
To access the Ministry of Agriculture Application Page for FSP projects please hit the blue bar below.
The purpose of the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWP) is to develop secure and sustainable water sources for agriculture in Saskatchewan. Mitigate the impact of drought and decommissioning of abandoned wells to improve public safety and to reduce potential groundwater contamination.
This program consists of 2 parts:
Rebate (Dugout, Pipeline and well rebate).
Pre-approval (Well Decommissioning and Special Projects Pre-approval).
Farm dugouts on the Prairies have been used as small, water storage reservoirs for many years. In areas where groundwater is either unavailable or of very poor quality, impounding surface runoff is often the only means of ensuring a continuous water supply. Dugouts capture the temporary surface water that occurs during snowmelt in the spring. Water may also be collected as runoff from summer rains, but is typically of very low quality. To maintain the reliability of supply, storage capacity must be sufficient to compensate for years of insufficient runoff, summer loses due to evaporation, and winter loses due to ice formation.
Back in the early years, our federal government helped establish design standards for dugouts to make them a more viable source of water.
Today, there are programs available to continue to improve farm dugouts.
Eligible projects include: New Dugouts, Test Holes, Engineering or Consulting and Dugout Expansions (Dugout expansions must increase by 1/3).
For more information on what programs are available for a new dugout or an expansion of your existing dugout, give us a call at 306.745.9774.
For more information on Dugouts click the link below for the Quality Farm Dugouts handbook
To access the Ministry of Agriculture Application Page for FRWIP projects please hit the blue bar below.
Saskatchewan CAP Producer Rebate Funding
The Assurance System Producer Rebate provides support to increase producer participation in biosecurity, animal welfare and on-farm food safety initiatives.
Approved eligible costs are funded at 50 per cent to a maximum rebate of $15,000.
Supports producers in livestock, poultry and apiculture sectors with farm or ranch assurance programs to meet and validate adherence to national standards or codes. This can include assistance with:
Meeting national mandatory or voluntary standards and seeking certification; and
Improving producer understanding of biosecurity and animal welfare needs and adopt improved practices through education and awareness, veterinarian/technical expert assessments, audits, and equipment funding.
Livestock Stream includes the following sectors:
Apiculture, beef, dairy, sheep, goat, bison, cervid, swine and poultry producers.
*Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis subject to funds being available.
Demonstrate a minimum of $50,000 (Beef) or $15,000 (Sheep) in gross farm income in Saskatchewan.
Take the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) training (Beef) or Industry Course (Sheep) – Please inquire for more information.
Have an assessment completed by a veterinarian licensed in Saskatchewan.
Have a Premises Identification number (PID).