As outlined in the brochure,
"Land Stewardship Program",
the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
To provide grants for the adoption of conservation farming practices that
will enhance and sustain agricultural production and improve soil resources
and water management by: reducing soil erosion and soil compaction; restoring
soil organic matter and structure; and minimizing potential for environmental
contamination from agricultural practices. The Land Stewardship Program consists
of four components:
- Financial Assistance
Grants will be provided to farmers to adopt conservation practices on
Ontario farmland. These practices will enhance and sustain agricultural
production as well as improve and protect our soil and water resources.
These grants will be available for:
- soil building and maintenance projects
- machinery and equipment
- technical training
These programs are described in the brochure.
Research projects relating to stewardship practices will be solicited
by the ministry and funded through the Agricultural Research Institute of
A chair in land stewardship will be established at the University of
Guelph to focus on and co-ordinate land stewardship issues.
- Education & Extension
Twelve new staff will work with the 14 existing soil conservation advisers
at OMAF county offices to counsel farmers on land stewardship practices
and administer grants under the stewardship program.
- Program Delivery & Service
An annual grant will be given to the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement
Association (OSCIA) to cover costs to establish and administer committees
in each county; these committees will review and recommend projects for
funding and hire part-time staff to assist in promoting and implementing
the program. A three-year agreement will be signed between OSCIA and OMAF.
TERMS AND FUNDING
This program is funded on a county/district basis by the Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture and Food (OMAF).
All expenditures must be based on soil improvements and water quality
enhancement as outlined in the applicant's Land Stewardship Inventory and
Action Plan, a farm profile accompanying the application.
When projected expenditures on approved land stewardship projects equal
the program budget for a single year, the remaining applications will be
carried over to the next program year. In the final year of the program,
no approvals will be given once the total program budget has been committed.
An applicant may apply as often as necessary to reach his or her grant
maximum of $30,000.
Any applicant who proceeds with a project before authorized approval
has no assurance that financial support will be provided.
No land stewardship grant will be paid for a project being funded in
whole or in part by any other grant program except the Ontario Drainage
Act as outlined in Section B-1 of this brochure or the
Ontario Soil Conservation and Environmental Protection Assistance Program
II (OSCEPAP II) as outlined in Section B-2.
No land stewardship grant will be paid for a project initiated before
September 1, 1987.
An applicant is eligible for a grant after meeting all of these conditions:
Be a resident of Ontario.
Be a registered owner or a lessee of the farm property in Ontario on
which the eligible improvement will be made.
Be a registered owner or lessee of land used in a farming enterprise
that produces: i) at least $12,000 in agricultural products or ii) less
than $12,000 where on-farm income exceeded off-farm income or where the
value of agricultural products was reduced below $12,000 because of exceptional
circumstances (e.g. barn fire, herd disease, extreme weather). A written
statement must outline these exceptional circumstances to the satisfaction
of the program manager
Completes an acceptable Land Stewardship Inventory and Action Plan
detailing past land management practices, existing problems and planned
future management practices that indicate a new and long-term land stewardship
approach is being adopted.
- PARTNERSHIPS AND CORPORATIONS
A partnership or corporation controlled by Ontario residents is considered
to be one applicant and must meet all of the above conditions plus the following
If an applicant for a grant has a shared interest in a grant already
paid to another individual, a partnership or corporation, the amount of
the new grant will be reduced by the applicant's share of the earlier
Applicants which are partnerships or corporations must complete a special
section of the application form, listing company name, registration number
and names of all partners or shareholders.
An applicant's acreage, eligible for this program, will not exceed his
or her tillable acres farmed on September 1, 1987.
THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Land Stewardship Incentive Program consists of four sections:
- Soil Structure-Improvement and Maintenance
- Erosion Control Structures
- Conservation Equipment
- Conservation Technology
- SOIL STRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE
An applicant may receive a grant under any one of A-1, A-2, or A-3 for
any specific acre in any program crop year (Sept. 1-Aug. 31).
A-l: CROP ROTATION
To encourage the planting of forage grasses and legumes or plowdown crops
in rotation on soils showing signs of soil degradation and erosion, assistance
is available to improve soil structure. NOTE: A plowdown crop is a crop
that is seeded to protect the soil but not harvested.
The same assistance is available to establish buffer strips on previously
tilled land adjacent to streams watercourses and field boundaries and the
like. Up to 30% of the applicant's tilled acreage from the previous year
qualifies under this section.
The grant rates for perennial and annual forage grasses, legumes and
plowdown crops are found in the county and district variable rate table.
The maximum grant is received for perennial forages that are seeded and
remain on the farm for two years following establishment. Reduced grants
are received for forage grasses, legumes and plowdown crops that are managed
in a different way or sold off the farm.
In addition to seeding, grants are paid for forage grasses, legumes and
plowdown crops that overwinter. Total amount of the grant for any one field
varies with the management of the crop.
For each portion of the grant, the applicant's crop must be inspected
by the committee of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).
For example, inspection occurs in the fall for new seedings, in the spring
following overwintering and in the summer for established fields.
Annual or plowdown crops should be managed using conservation farming
techniques. Technical advice is provided by ministry staff: contact the
nearest OMAF county office.
NOTE: See the variable rate table to determine the maximum county rate
EXAMPLE: Applicant's farm is in Perth county (Group II)and shows two
different situations with and without off farm sales: (Alfalfa is seeded
in the spring of 1988.)
|Grant a) No hay sales
|year of establishment seeding
||= $ 15
||= $ 15
|year 1 no off farm sales
||= $ 50
|year 2 no off farm sales
||= $ 60
|Grant b) With hay sales
|year of establishment seeding
||= $ 15
||= $ 15
|year 1 no off farm sales
||= $ 20
|year 2 no off farm sales
||= $ 30
VARIABLE RATE TABLE
(Use to Calculate Grant for A-1)
MAXIMUM COUNTY/DISTRICT PER ACRE RATES FOR PERENNIAL AND ANNUAL FORAGE
GRASSES, LEGUMES AND PLOWDOWN CROPS
||RATES - DOLLARS PER ACRE
||No Off-Farm Sales
||With Off-Farm Sales
||Kent, Essex, Lambton, Elgin, Oxford,
||Huron, Perth, Brant, Haldimand- Norfolk,
Hamilton- Wentworth, Niagara, Waterloo
||Peel, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Bruce,
Prescott, Ottawa-Carleton, Grenville, Durham, York, Halton, Victoria,
Northumberland, Wellington, Russell
||Peterborough, Simcoe, Frontenac, Lanark,
Lennox-Addington, Grey, Leeds, Hastings, Dufferin. Renfrew, Prince Edward,
Parry Sound, Sudbury, Rainy River, Temiskaming, Nipissing, Haliburton,
Manitoulin, Cochrane, Thunder Bay, Muskoka, Kenora, Algoma
These are maximum rates Local O.S.C.I.A. county or district committees
may recommend program rates to meet the goals of their local program. Note:
A program crop year is September 1 to August 31.
A-2: RESIDUE AND CROP COVER
To increase residue, an applicant can be paid a grant of $20 per acre when
20% of the surface area for each acre is covered with residue, from the previous
crop, immediately after planting. Up to 30% of the applicant's tilled acreage
from the previous year qualifies under this section of the program.
To promote tree planting grants are available to: 1) retire fragile lands,
2) encourage long-term commitment to agri-forestry including intercropping
of trees with commercial crops or 3) diversify crop production.
To reforest five or more tilled acres, a grant of up to $220 per acre is
available to cover establishment costs of a forestry species. A grant of $100
per acre per year for the balance of the program is available to cover the
costs of a well-maintained planting.
For shelterbelts, windbreaks and plantings under five acres or intercropping
with commercial crops, a rebate of purchase price and planting costs will
be spread over two years - 65% during planting year and 35% in the second
year for well-maintained plantings. Maximum claim for stock and planting costs
should not exceed reasonable market value of planting three-year nursery stock.
NOTE: Trees or shrubs such as nursery stock, fruit trees or Christmas trees
which mature or are commercially marketable in less than 15 years are not
eligible under this program.
A-4: STEWARDSHIP LEASE
To encourage landlords to require tenants to farm their land under a stewardship
plan, a grant of $10
per acre per year will be paid to the landowner when the land is leased
under an approved minimum three-year stewardship lease. The maximum grant
available is $3,000 per applicant. Landowners do not have to meet the $12,000
income requirement to be eligible for this grant.
- EROSION CONTROL STRUCTURES
B-1: MUNICIPAL DRAINS
To encourage good maintenance and management of open municipal outlet
drains a grant of 75% of costs to a maximum of $3,000 per project is available.
It can be used to finance engineering reports that update existing municipal
drains to include environmental enhancements (e.g. buffer strips, erosion
control devices, livestock access control), as well as assessment schedules
for routine maintenance work.
This grant includes drains that are a combination of tile and open ditch,
but excludes drains that are totally tile.
Interested landowners should contact their municipal office.
B-2: OSCEPAP II EROSION CONTROL STRUCTURES
To assist with a soil conservation structure (e.g. terrace, grassed waterway,
gully control) where the cost of the structure exceeds the maximum grant
accessible under OSCEPAP II, a further grant of two-thirds of the excess
cost is available.
The combined total of the maximum grant generated by OSCEPAP II and this
grant cannot exceed $20,000.
- CONSERVATION EQUIPMENT
C-1: RESIDUE MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT RENTAL
To encourage the use and adoption of residue management equipment, grants
of 80% of the 1987 rental or custom rate for residue management equipment
are available. This incentive covers up to a maximum of $3,000 per applicant.
C-2: RESIDUE MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT MODIFICATION AND PURCHASE
To assist in modifications to existing equipment to handle residue management
or to purchase equipment for residue management, a grant of two-thirds of
the cost to a maximum of $3,000 per applicant can be obtained. NOTE: For
either of sections C-1 or C-2 if at least 20% residue cover is left on the
soil surface after planting additional assistance is available under section
Similarly, if the applicant is not familiar with the operation of the
equipment, training assistance is available under section D-2.
- CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY
D-1: CONSERVATION TRAINING COURSES (OMAF APPROVED)
To support training, assistance is available for participation in conservation
farming training courses as approved by OMAF's director of the soil and
water management branch.
A grant is available to cover up to a) 100% of tuition, b) 80% of travel
costs and c) $50 per day for the applicants' time, payable upon successfully
completing the course.
D-2: ON-FARM CONSERVATION EQUIPMENT INSTRUCTION
To ensure the proper set-up and operation of conservation equipment on
an applicant's premises, assistance is available to employ a qualified farmer
The grant covers 90% of the instructor's cost up to a maximum grant of
$200 per day and is restricted to two days maximum for each type of equipment.
The maximum number of days allowed per applicant is six days.
For new equipment purchases, services provided by the manufacturer, distributor
or dealer do not qualify.
NOTE: Instructors who are members of the applicant's dependent family
are not eligible under this program.
HOW TO OBTAIN A GRANT
Obtain an application form for individuals or corporations/partnerships
and a Land Stewardship Inventory and Action Plan form from the local OMAF
office or OSCIA committee. Complete the Land Stewardship Inventory and Action
Plan. For assistance contact a local OSCIA field representative. Additional
assistance is available at the county or district OMAF office.
Be familiar with all sections of the program and with responsibilities
of an eligible applicant, as outlined in this brochure.
Complete the required sections of the application form that can implement
a Land Stewardship Action Plan.
Submit copies of the completed application form and completed Land Stewardship
Inventory and Action Plan to the local OMAF office.
The OMAF office will forward the application to the OSCIA committee for
a decision on approval. (The committee will advise the applicant when the
application is approved).
Advise the OSCIA field person to inspect the project when completed to
check invoices and to forward the application for payment to OMAF
Keep this brochure, along with a copy of the Land Stewardship Inventory
and Action Plan and application forms as records.
Ask for a new application if major changes to the existing Land Stewardship
Inventory and Action Plan were made.
The OSCIA county/district committee evaluates all plans and applications
for the Land Stewardship Program. Committee members as well as OMAF staff
are prepared and willing to assist applicants with their plan and application.
Applicants may be contacted by the OSCIA committee if the plan or application
form is not clear, complete or acceptable as presented. If so, applicants
will have ample opportunity to make changes. When the project(s) is approved,
the applicant may proceed.
Invoices are not to be submitted with the application but must be available
at time of inspection or audit. Keep all invoices and proof of payment until
August 31, 1992 for projects undertaken.
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