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Announcing 2017 Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP)

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The Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP) will return for producers in the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) eligible area this fall. This innovative stewardship program provides financial support for producers to implement select Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve soil health and water quality. With up to $50,000 available per farm business over the duration of the three-year (2015 – 2018) program, this is an opportunity to make improvements to benefit your farm’s productivity and profitability, as well as the environment.

 

The GLASI Farmland Health Incentive Program will accept applications between November 22, 2016 (beginning at 12:00 NOON) and December 13, 2016 (ending at 12:00 NOON).  Funding is available for farmers to implement the following BMPs:

 

BMP 1: Cover Crops

BMP2: Adding Organic Amendments

BMP3: Crop Nutrient Plans

BMP4: Buffer Strips

BMP5: Field Windbreaks or Windstrips

BMP6: Equipment Customization

BMP7: Erosion Control Structures

BMP8: Fragile Land Retirement

 

Below is a link with more details on the program and funding:

http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/glasi/farmland-health-incentive-program/

The media release is also attached for your information.

If you require any additional information, please contact me.

Cheers,

Colin Little

Agricultural Program Coordinator

100 Thames Street, Chatham, Ontario

Phone: 519-354-7310  Ext.: 231

Cell: 226-868-6005

Colin.Little@ltvca.ca

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Media Release

The Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP) will return for producers in the Great Lakes

Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) eligible area this fall. This innovative stewardship

program provides financial support for producers to implement select Best Management

Practices (BMPs) that improve soil health and water quality. With up to $50,000 available per

farm business over the duration of the three-year (2015 – 2018) program, this is an opportunity

to make improvements to benefit your farm’s productivity and profitability, as well as the

environment.

The 2017 program has been enhanced in a number of areas to provide opportunities to

applicants in priority geographies, which have a strong need to support water quality

improvements. Cost-share levels and caps have been adjusted to enable more projects to be

funded, while the strengthened merit-based application review process now prioritizes projects

located in the western and central Lake Erie basin. Enhanced soil health through the

implementation of BMPs continues to be a very effective way for producers to have a positive

impact on water quality, and the 2017 FHIP strives to support as many BMP implementation

projects as possible.

Applications will be accepted during the three-week submission period of November 22 (12:00

noon) to December 13, 2016 (12:00 noon). Complete and eligible project applications will be

considered for funding in the order in which they are received by OSCIA, with the priority basin

(western and central Lake Erie) projects receiving first consideration for funding. Projects will be

approved as funding permits. Applications, accessible through the OSCIA website, will be made

available on November 15, 2016 in advance of the November 22nd submission period opening

to offer producers additional time to prepare their submissions.

For more detailed information on the Farmland Health Incentive Program, visit our website at

www.ontariosoilcrop.org.

Funding for GLASI is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial- territorial

initiative.

To be eligible for funding, farm businesses must have completed a Farmland Health Check-Up,

offered free of charge through participating Certified Crop Advisors and have an Environmental

Farm Plan that was reviewed and verified by OSCIA within the past five years.

Media Contact:

Karen Jacobs | Environmental Outreach Specialist

(519) 826-4340

kjacobs@ontariosoilcrop.org

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