proAction® – Environment Update

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Source: Morgan Hobin, proAction Coordinator

Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)

Effective September 2021, a completed EFP will be a requirement of the proAction® Environment module. You will be responsible to have a completed EFP for your farm prior to your proAction full validation following September 2021. What is an EFP and How Do I Benefit? The EFP is a whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps you identify and develop a plan to mitigate any identified environmental risks in your operation. It will also strengthen your understanding of legal requirements related to provincial environmental issues. Benefits include:

  • Identifying what you are already doing well and pinpoint where improvements can be made.
  • Increased profitability by improving operational efficiency, through addressing the identified risks.
  • Funding eligibility through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
  • The ability to demonstrate to the public, government, lenders and/or investors that you are managing your environmental risks.

How Do I Complete an EFP?

You can complete your EFP online at albertaefp.com and there is no cost to do so.

How Long is my EFP Valid for?

In Alberta, your EFP has a 10-year validity period.

For questions about completing an EFP or your farm’s EFP status, contact Alberta EFP directly at 587-200-2552.

Short-Term Solid Manure Storage Requirements

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) published a new factsheet outlining the requirements you must follow when making decisions about your short-term solid manure storage. Points include:

  • Site selection
  • Agricultural Operation Practices Act requirements
  • Setbacks from common bodies of water

Full details can be accessed at nrcb.ca.