Agriculture Stewardship Program

The purpose of this program is ensuring that Prince Edward Island's agriculture sector contributes to society’s priorities of clean soil, water and air resources and improved biodiversity; and encouraging producers to voluntarily implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce environmental risk and support these priorities.  

The Agriculture Stewardship Program is divided into 6 program categories:

  1. Soil Management
    Includes: erosion control structures, crop residue management, primary residue tillage, furrow damming, strip cropping
  2. Storage Management
    Includes: on-farm pesticide storage, on-farm silage storage, improved manure storage, covered feedlots (impermeable base and roof), on-farm fuel storage (double walled tanks only)
  3. Buffer Zone/Riparian Management
    Includes: alternative livestock watering systems, improved farm machinery stream crossings, fencing & livestock stream crossings, power to remote watering sites
  4. Water Management
    Includes: agricultural water quality, on farm water use efficiency, well water management, improved irrigation efficiency, sustainable agriculture water supply
  5. Integrated Nutrient and Pest Management
    Includes: nutrient management planning, winter catch crop following either row crop or disease suppressant rotational crop, cranberry bog enhancement.
  6. Energy Management
    Includes: on farm energy efficiency
BMP Category Cost Share

Eligible PEIASP 2017/2018

Best Management Practices

Project Advisor Category Funding Cap

Funding levels and categories for Agriculture Stewardship Program

Maximum allowable funding per farming operation is $75,000 over the five years of the Growing Forward 2 program.

1. Soil Management

66% 1.1 Erosion control structures

Tyler Wright
Josh Dillman

$50,000
  $25 per acre up to $3,000 per year 1.2 Crop residue management - 25% cover immediately after planting   $6,000
  $15 per acre up to $2,500 per year 1.3 Primary residue tillage - spring or fall 20% coverage   $5,000
  $15 per acre up to $3,000 per year 1.4 Furrow damming   $5,000
  $20 per acre 1.5 Strip cropping   $2,000
2. Storage Management 50% 2.1 On-farm fuel storage George Piercey $7,000
  50% 2.2 On-farm pesticide storage   $8,000
  30% 2.3 On-farm silage storage   $25,000
  50% 2.4 improved manure storage   $50,000
  50% 2.5 Covered feedlot - impermeable base and roof for minimizing livestock runoff   $30,000
3. Riparian / Buffer Zone Management 50% 3.1 Alternate watering systems Tyler Wright $8,000
  50% 3.2 Improved stream crossing for farm machinery   $25,000
  30% 3.3 Power to remote sites for watering systems   $4,500
  66% 3.4 Fencing and livestock stream crossing   $15,000
4. Water Management 50% 4.1 Agriculture water quality Josh Dillman $15,000
  50% 4.2 On-farm water use efficiency   $15,000
  30% 4.3 Improved irrigation efficiency   $15,000
  30% 4.4 Sustainable agricultural water supply   $15,000
  75% 4.5 Well water management   $6,000
5. Integrated Nutrient  and Pest Management 50% 5.1 Nutrient management planning Kyra Stiles
Sebastian Ibarra
$3,000
  $25 per ac up to $1,000 per year 5.2 Winter catch crop following row crop (A) or disease suppressant rotational crop (B)   $2,000
  $500 per acre 5.3 Bog enhancement Chris Jordan $3,000
6. Energy Management 30% 6.1 On-farm energy efficiency Josh Dillman $10,000

Who is eligible?

Any Agricultural Land holder that has a valid, up to date Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) completed on land in production.

What activities are funded?

  • Best management practices that have been identified in the applicant’s environmental farm plan, action plan.
  • The Project Advisor must approve the plan or design that is to be used for the project prior to commencement of the project.
  • Labour and the use of the applicant’s equipment may be eligible for cost sharing and included in the total cost of the project. Contact your project advisor for more information.  In-kind work must be specified and approved at time of application. For all other eligible and ineligible expenses please see individual BMP category guidelines.

What funding is available?

Financial assistance

  • The maximum allowable funding per farming operation is $75,000 over the 5 year Growing Forward 2 program.
  • The Agriculture Stewardship Program will operate on a cost share as well as a per acre funding basis. Funding levels vary depending on type of work and nature of project.
  • Please see the summary chart or the individual BMP guidelines (page 7) for breakdown of funding per category.

Technical assistance

ASP project advisors provide technical assistance to applicants of the program. Technical assistance provided includes development and implementation of;

  • Soil conservation/erosion structures
  • Storages facilities (pesticide, fuel, manure, feedlot and on-farm silage)
  • Livestock watering and fencing
  • Stream crossings
  • Water management and efficiencies
  • Nutrient / Integrated pest management
  • Advice on rotational crops and disease suppressant crops related to pest management
  • Energy efficiencies              

How do I apply?

  • An applicant needs to contact a Project Advisor to discuss the proposed project.
  • Before starting the project or incurring expenses, applicant must complete and submit a Project Application Form with all necessary information and documentation. 
  • All applications will be reviewed by the ASP Administrator.
  • The Environmental Farm Plan Coordinator verifies that the applicant’s EFP is up to date and indicates whether the project requested is a priority of the applicant’s EFP.
  • The applicant’s category funding caps are reviewed to ensure funding is available for project.  The Program Administrator approves the project in writing to the applicant and provides appropriate Construction Guidelines, where applicable.

How do I claim?

  • The applicant completes project, pays invoices and submits claim form with appropriate documentation (original invoice and proof of payment) to the ASP Administrator.
  • The project advisor completes final site visit if required, reviews claimed expenses, and recommends the claim for payment. Advisor ensures that all work meets program and CEAA construction guidelines.                                                                                                                                    
  • Claiming of project work can only be done when the ASP project is complete.
  • The claim form that is sent out with approval of the project must be filled in, signed, and dated by the producer and submitted back to the ASP Administrator along with all original detailed invoices, official receipts, cancelled cheques, or other official proof of payment.
  • Any in-kind work performed will be accounted for on a separate sheet sent out with approval letter. Rates of labour and equipment are calculated by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and added to the claim accordingly.
  • In-kind work will only be accepted with a claim if the work was originally included in estimates and approval for said work was given by ASP Administrator.
  • Claims must be received on or before the date mentioned in a producer’s approval letter unless adjustment is made by ASP Administrator or Project Advisor.
  • A claim form, along with details of required supporting documentation, is available from the ASP Administrator

Additional Information

  • An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) must have been completed/updated within the past five years to be valid.   For more information on completing an EFP or to update an existing EFP, contact the EFP Coordinator, PEI Federation of Agriculture at 902-368-7289.
  • The EFP Coordinator must certify that the BMP for which the incentive is being requested has been identified in the applicants EFP Action Plan in order to qualify for ASP assistance.      
  • The maximum federal contribution under ASP is $75,000 per applicant over the four year term of the program.                                                        
  • Funds will be available between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2018 or until they are completely allocated, whichever comes first.                        
  • Expenditures incurred prior to submission of project application are not eligible. Project expenses incurred after receipt of project application, up to the date of final written approval, are at the applicant’s risk.                                        
  • Any physical work funded through ASP must be appropriately managed and maintained by the applicant for a minimum of 15 years.                        
  • Work must be completed to an approved standard as outlined in BMP Codes of Practice which are available through the ASP Administrator or Project Advisors.
  • Personal information is collected under Section 31(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988 c. F-15.01 as it relates directly to and is necessary for the Agriculture Stewardship Program. It will be used for determining eligibility for program assistance and will be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency regarding the taxable benefit and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada regarding claims, audits and evaluations of this program.  
  • Program guidelines and application forms may be revised at any time throughout the life of the program, at the discretion of the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Project approval will be based on available funding and will be at the Province’s discretion. As such, not all eligible projects will be approved.
  • Recipients of funding under this program are consenting to the public release of their name, the amount of funding received, and the general nature of the project.

When does the program end?

  • This program is effective April 1, 2013 and will terminate on March 31, 2018.  This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

For more information, contact:

Charlotte Campbell
ASP Administrator
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
11 Kent Street, 5th Floor Jones
 PO Box 2000              
Charlottetown PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-894-0340
Email:chmcampbell@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
June 1, 2017
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