The Manitoba and federal governments have announced two new programs under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) that will provide funding to support sustainable farming in Manitoba, an April 28 news release said.
“These two new funding opportunities build on our previous investments and enable farmers to grow their businesses while enhancing the sustainability and growth of the sector overall,” Derek Johnson, Manitoba agriculture minister, said in the release.
The Sustainable Agriculture Manitoba (SAM) program provides funding to help farmers and land managers implement cost-shared beneficial management practices that increase the environmental and economic sustainability of agriculture operations in Manitoba, the release said. Priority areas for funding include climate change adaptation and mitigation, air quality, water quality and quantity, soil health and biodiversity. The deadline to apply for funding is June 6.
Funding for the agriculture sector is also available through the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP), a cost-shared federal-provincial/territorial program funded under the Sustainable CAP that supports the provision of ecological goods and services by the agriculture sector, such as maintaining and restoring grasslands and wetlands on agricultural lands, the release noted.
Funding through the RALP: Carbon Sequestration and Grassland Resilience stream will support on-farm beneficial management practices and projects that enhance the provision of ecological goods and services, with an emphasis on projects that sequester carbon and improve sustainability and productivity through grassland management and agroforestry practices. Eligible applicants include community pastures, agricultural Crown land forage lease-holders, Indigenous farmers and communities, including First Nations and Métis, and farmers outside of watershed district boundaries. The deadline to apply for funding is June 5.