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Proposals Recommended for Funding
Because uptake of the EFP Incentive program (incentive claims for improvements made by participating farmers) lagged behind the participation in the EFP workshops, there was a real potential for there to be surplus funds from the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program by March 31, 1997. As of early August, 1996, 3164 EFP participants (plus another 500 from the pilot project) had EFP workbooks deemed appropriate, and 1431 incentive claims were received (as of August 7, 1996), utilizing $1,519,274 of the EFP Incentive. There were at least an additional 1734 EFP participants eligible for the EFP Incentive with a contingent liability of $2,601,000 (1734 X $1,500), but at the current rate of participation, it was projected that $538,687 would not be utilized by March 31, 1997.
To ensure these surplus funds were directed to other worthy projects, the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition sent out a request to their stakeholders requesting written submissions for proposals to utilize these funds for projects related to EFP agenda. Twenty-one proposals were received requesting $1,164,666. These proposals were reviewed by the EFP Contract Management Committee and a recommendation made to stakeholders on August 8, 1996 that 8 of the projects totalling $538,687 be approved for funding. These projects are summarized below and the stakeholders have recommended approval for funding to be utilized by March 31, 1997.
PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING
1. Best Management Practices (BMP) Development
11 BMP documents are available to outline alternatives when addressing critical environmental issues. These documents include:
Further documents to be developed for distribution to EFP participants include:
210,000 copies of BMPs have been distributed to date. It is anticipated that new copies will be distributed as follows:
Various other federal departments, government ministries and farm organizations as defined by the specific project.
Green Plan Funds Requested - $126,083
2. On-farm Groundwater Research Re: Baseline Leaching of Nitrogen
The Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition has formed a Groundwater Quality Working Group in recognition of the challenges and concerns on groundwater quality and quantity. Determining the base flows of nitrates in groundwater, the effects of various farming practices and development of best management practices to protect groundwater is a priority.
Project Leadd- University of Guelph
3. Composting of Dairy Milkhouse Washwater, Manure Runoff, and Silage Juices
The study proposes to use fumed pile composting technology for research purposes. The technology is easily implemented, requires a minimum of labour and capital and has a high potential for widespread implementation on Ontario farms. This process will eliminate the need for large runoff storage facilities, reduce the manure spreading workload and compaction and eliminate the potential for surface and groundwater contamination of barnyard runoff..
Project Lead - Ecologistics Limited
4. Develop Policy on Water Taking Rights
In water recharge areas for municipal water supplies, there is growing pressure to restrict or inhibit agricultural practices to a greater extent than normal best management practices. Farmers are also worried that the rules will change over time with little forewarning. There is also potential conflict among water users within and outside agriculture. Policy needs to be established to determine rights with regard to water taking and a formula developed for compensation when traditional (common law) rights are restricted.
Project Lead- Rural Water Quality Working Group
5. Cryptosporidium in Livestock, Manure Storages, and Surface Waters in Ontario
Waterborne pathogens (protozoans) such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium parvum have been identified as causing major health concerns in many communities in North America. These pathogens are hard to detect and standard drinking water treatment using chlorine is not effective. Livestock on farms is frequently targeted as the source, although humans and wildlife may also contribute to the problem.
The agriculture industry has a responsibility to verify the degree of linkage between livestock and pathogens in drinking water and to identify possible means of treatment.
Project Lead - Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Green Plan Funds Requested - $ 82,000
6. Quantifying Groundwater Nitrogen Impacts under an Ongoing BMP Investigation
Groundwater evaluation frequently involves the use of a single-point piezometer. There is strong evidence that wide variations in groundwater nitrate concentrations occur both seasonally and over the length of a field. A single point piezometer may grossly over or under estimate the nitrate concentration.
This project will be established under twinned sites currently managed in an Agriculture and Agri-Food project funded by the Green Plan program and being conducted by Ecologistics. The results will be compared to results from a single piezometer study.
Project Lead- Ontario Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Green Plan Funds Requested - $ 88,331
7. Assessing The Nitrogen Losses from Late Season Application of Liquid Dairy Manure
There have been some studies of late in Manitoba that show if manure is applied late in the fall when the soil temperatures are low, there is little organic nitrogen breakdown. Late Fall application of manure could be used as an important manure management tool if proven to be non-detrimental to the environment. There would also be an added benefit of having the manure nutrients readily available for uptake by the plant in the spring.
Project Lead: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs, Alfred College
8. Enhancing Ontario Farm Environmental Quality Through Improving Efficiency of Nitrogen Utilization In Field Crops
This project proposes to enhance Ontario farm environmental quality through improving efficiency of nitrogen utilization in field crops. Technology will be developed to more accurately predict soil nitrogen availability.
Project treatment parameters include several rates of N (including 0 N), conventional and conservation soil tillage systems, typical crop rotations with and without forage legumes for each respective region/soil, and variable site topography and soil organic matter, across four major soil types ranging from coarse textured to Brookston clay. The project will be integrated with other researchers/objectives to maximize the utility and cost sharing of field studies. This project has been initiated by the University of Guelph/OMAFRA and the Ontario Corn Producers' Association. The funding for this project will allow expansion beyond the Elora site to include Harrow, Ridgetown and Kemptville sites.
Project Lead: Ontario Corn Producers' Association
Green Plan Funds Requested: $ 40,073
Contingency In The Event Of Greater Or Lessor Participation In The EFP Incentive
A. Greater Participation in EFP Incentive
B. Less Participation in the EFP Incentive
PROPOSED BUDGET SUMMARY 1997 - 2000
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