Agriculture Livestock Enhancement Program
The Agriculture Livestock Enhancement Program has two purposes:
- to improve the competitiveness of livestock sectors within the Prince Edward Island agricultural industry
- to further develop and enhance quality of product and/or efficiency of production for the eligible livestock sectors
This program has three priority areas:
- Genetic enhancement (includes genetic testing)
- Herd health improvements
- Feed efficiency
Who is eligible for funding?
Livestock commodity associations are encouraged to make application to this program, to submit a project, or projects, that have been identified as an industry priority. Submitted projects must address at least one of the above priority areas.
Assistance is available to producers in the following livestock sectors:
- Dairy - Dairy Livestock Enhancement Project (2017/2018)
- Beef - Beef Project 2017/18: Purebred Heifers, Premium Sires, Seedstock Testing, Feed Efficiency
- Hogs - Swine Project (2017/2018)
- Sheep & Goats- Small Ruminant Enhancement Project (2017/2018)
- Fur - Fur Enhancement Project (2017/2018)
- Bees- Honey Bee Queen Replacement Project (2017/2018)
What activities will be funded?
- Assistance to purchase high quality breeding stock which have genetics predisposed to improved disease / pest resistance and/or feed efficiencies (i.e. high average daily gain (ADG), high expected progeny difference (EPD), queen bees of high quality genetic stock)
- Assistance for activities related to improving herd health
- Projects lead to improved on-farm feed efficiency
What expenses are eligible for funding?
- Items as identified in the sector projects which related directly to the program’s three priority areas
- Administration fees to a maximum of 8% of the approved project budget
- Training sessions as related to the submitted projects
What expenses are not eligible for funding?
- Farm labour
- Items that can be used for multiple purposes (i.e. digital camera, GPS, Smartphones)
- Items or practices that are identified to be normal or on-going business or management practices
What funding assistance is available?
- Funding levels may vary by project component and scope.
- All projects must be cost shared with the applicant, and will be developed in cooperation with PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
- No one project can exceed $90,000 and generally projects will not exceed 50% cost sharing with the recipient. However, the department reserves the right to increase or decrease the funding level or the program share, based on industry impact and/or current industry trends.
How do I apply?
- Applicants will work with their commodity specialist or Departmental contact to develop a project which represents the priorities of that sector.
- Following project approval, details will be communicated to all Island producers in that sector, either by the applicant or the Department.
- Projects may be administered by the applicant or by the Department.
- Project costs incurred prior to the date of application submission will generally not be eligible for assistance unless specified by the Department at the time of project approval in the approval letter.
- Eligible expenditures must be dated after April 1 of the fiscal year in which you apply
Is there a program deadline?
All project applications from commodity groups must be submitted no later than September 15 annually.
How do I claim?
To be reimbursed, individuals receiving funding under this program must submit a claim form to the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with invoices, proof of payment, project report and an individual program evaluation.
An overall project evaluation must be submitted by the Board or Association that applied for the funding. This project evaluation must clearly demonstrate the impact the funding has had on the respective industry or commodity.
Forward completed, signed application and claim forms to:
PEI Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
5th Floor Jones Building, 11 Kent Street
P.O. Box 2000
When does the program end?
This program will terminate on March 31, 2018. This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.