Canada to provide support for livestock producers who are contending with dry conditions on pasture

The governments of Canada and the province of Manitoba will provide cattle producers with funding options to address dry conditions on pasture.
calendar icon 10 June 2021
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The governments of Canada and Manitoba are advising that livestock producers who have been affected by dry conditions on pasture in Manitoba can apply for funding to support water source development under Ag Action Manitoba.

Funding is provided through the Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas beneficial management practice (BMP) under Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance. Eligible items include:

  • water source development - constructing new or rehabilitating existing wells or dugouts
  • solar, wind or grid powered alternative watering systems
  • permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts
  • permanent pipeline development

Any projects for water source development occurring after 1 April 2021 are eligible. Projects will need to be assessed prior to approval, and may require additional components (eg fencing of the dugout, alternative watering systems, etc) in order to meet the BMP criteria.

In a statement, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said:

"Safe and reliable water sources are critical for livestock producers during dry conditions. Through this cost-shared program, livestock producers can access funding to protect valuable ground water sources and adopt sustainable management practices. With the emerging risks posed by climate change, these farmer support programs are more important than ever."

Applications are now being accepted, and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until 1 September 2021. Applications can include retroactive expenses incurred as of 1 April 2021. Upon project completion, applicants must submit proof of a valid Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) with their claim.

"Our summer has been dry, and we recognize that many of our producers may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable water supply for their livestock. Properly functioning and adequately protected ground and surface water sources are essential to ensuring the health of livestock and ground water sources," Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development said.

Background and how to apply 

Producers can contact their local Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office, call the department toll-free at 1-84-GROW-MB-AG (1-844-769-6224) or visit Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Government of Manitoba).

Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices provides targeted incentive programs to agricultural producers and select industry service providers to advance the adoption of beneficial management practices. These practices reduce identified environmental risks, improve agro-ecosystem resilience, build public trust and improve environmental sustainability of farm options in Manitoba.

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