Farm Stewardship Program Supports Saskatchewan Cow-Calf Producers in Protecting Surface Water

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Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced a new beneficial management practice (BMP) for cow-calf producers under the Farm Stewardship Program.

Eligible beef cow-calf producers can now access cost shared funding of up to 75 per cent of project costs, to a maximum payment of $15,000, for the development of preventative run-off control measures. Eligible projects include; holding or retention ponds for collecting run-off, ditches, berms or dykes and earthwork or pen regrading to achieve proper run-off.

The Farm Stewardship Program provides Saskatchewan producers funding to implement BMPs in three priority areas – water quality, climate change and biodiversity. The new BMP will encourage beef producers to implement surface water protection on cow-calf operations.

Quotes

“I feel for the many Saskatchewan producers dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions across much of the province this year. Together with our provincial counterparts, we are working to build a sustainable future for our farm families, because we know farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Producers can now access this program which will help them to protect their valuable water sources and support their adoption of sustainable management practices.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“As stewards of the land, producers take their responsibility to protect water sources seriously. This program will provide additional funding for Saskatchewan cow-calf producers and assist them with making improvements to their operations.”

– David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture

Quick facts

  • The Farm Stewardship Program is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – a five-year (2018-2023), $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food and agri-products sector. This includes a $2-billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories. More than $155 million of this funding comes from the Government of Saskatchewan.

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