Support to combat farming-related carbon emissions
By Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
The provincial and federal governments are supporting Ontario farmers and continuing to combat climate change by boosting energy efficiency on farming operations.
This support will help farmers to modify their equipment and improve efficiency at existing agricultural production facilities to help reduce their carbon emissions as well as improve soil health and nutrient management. In addition, Ontario and Canada have added four new project categories under the Growing Forward 2 program that are dedicated to helping farmers transition to a low carbon economy.
Eligible projects within these new categories include:
- Supporting farmers to retrofit grain dryers to improve heat recovery.
- Modifying fertilizer and manure application equipment to improve nutrient placement within soil and reduce runoff into Ontario's waterways.
- Improving the energy efficiency of lighting systems in agricultural buildings to help farmers conserve energy.
For more information about the Growing Forward 2 cost-share funding assistance program for producers, its guidelines and the application process, visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association website or call 1-800-265-9751.
Applications will be accepted in two intake periods. The first intake is from April 4 to April 18, 2017. The next intake is from May 12 to June 1, 2017. To be eligible for this cost-share support, all approved projects must be completed by December 15, 2017.