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SARFIP returns for 2014

Aug. 11, 2014, Guelph, Ont. – The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) is available in Ontario again for 2014.

Farm businesses are now able to access cost-share dollars for on-farm projects such as planting windbreaks, setting up rotational grazing, fencing livestock out of sensitive areas and establishing buffers along watercourses.

The program is available province wide and offers opportunities for all farm businesses interested in adopting one or more of the eligible BMPs. Up to $20,000 is available for all farm businesses meeting the eligibility requirements. Farm applicants with a keen interest in species at risk and/or those who have SAR on their properties may be able to access 60 to 80 per cent cost-share, to a maximum of $10,000-$20,000 per project. However, up to 50 per cent cost-share is available for individuals interested in installing fencing and planting windbreaks without a focus on SAR.

To be eligible to participate in SARFIP, Ontario farm businesses must have a completed Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) that has been verified and have a Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN). Candidates can then select eligible BMP categories from the SARFIP list that relate to an action identified in their farm’s EFP Action Plan. Projects initiated on or after April 1, 2014 may be eligible.

SARFIP is available now and is a first-come, first-served program. Click here for more information.