Funding to support sustainable practices available to Manitoba farmers

The Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) was established to provide funding and support to farmers in adopting practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Manitoba, funds are available through the Manitoba Association of Watersheds and the Canola Council of Canada. Farmers may only receive funding from one organization for a given eligible beneficial management practice on a given parcel of land. More information on these programs, including a summary of eligibility criteria and beneficial management practices can be found here.

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) – Sustainable Agriculture Manitoba

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) is an investment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to support the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. As part of the SCAP, the Manitoba government has now opened intake for the Sustainable Agriculture Manitoba (SAM) program, which provides funding to farmers to support the implementation of beneficial management practices that increase the environmental and economic sustainability of agriculture operations in Manitoba. Funding streams that may be of particular interest to MCA farmer members include:

Crop Land Management: Funding to support adoption of cropland management practices that optimize operations and improve productivity. Eligible beneficial management practices include:

  • Reduced Tillage Intensity
  • Low Disturbance Placement of Seed & Fertilizer
  • Preventing Soil Compaction
  • Reduced Pesticide Use
  • Soil Landscape Restoration
  • Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands
  • Hazardous Products Storage

More information on the Crop Land Management funding stream is available here.

Water Management: Funding to support the adoption of practices that enhance the supply, efficient use, quality and management of water. Eligible beneficial management practices include:

  • Increased Irrigation Efficiency
  • Fertigation
  • Sub-surface Drainage Water Management
  • Water Quality
  • Runoff Control
  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Water Supply

More information on the Water Management funding stream is available here.

To be eligible for funding through the SAM program, farms are required to have a valid Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Information on Manitoba’s EFP can be found here.

Application intake for the SAM program closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday June 13, 2023. For more information on this program and other SCAP programs you may be eligible for, visit the link below.