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New Environmental Farm Program Sept. 1

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program is back, but not for long.

Details will be announced Sept . 1. That’s also when application forms will be avai lable onl ine at the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) website (www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/growingforward) or at MAFRI GO offices.

This latest version of the program, being rol led out at one of the busiest times of the year for farmers, is designed to encourage farmers to lessen their impact on the environment with a focus on reducing envi ronment risks and greenhouse gases, according to sources.

A MAFRI spokesperson declined to provide program details before the official announcement, even though the deadline to apply for the first round of funding is Sept. 15. Later applications will be considered starting Nov. 1.

Since the $3 million in program funding must be dispersed by March 31, 2010, projects will have to be completed by February.

With approvals expected to take six to eight weeks that doesn’t leave a lot of time for those who apply in November.

To qualify for funding farmers must have attended an EFP workshop and received a “statement of completion” documenting they have prepared an environmental plan for their own farm.

More farm plan workshops will be held soon. [email protected]

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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