proAction® – Environment Update


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 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