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Effective April 1, 2018, producers will need to have an EFP completion letter dated within the last 10 years to be considered current and eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP).There has been a movement to harmonize EFPs nationally to make EFPs more useful to sustainable sourcing programs, and Alberta is the only province without a renewal period; therefore, this is happening to help make EFPs useful to sustainable sourcing programs across Canada.The Alberta EFP program has a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (an industry advisory group) that set the renewal period at 10 years. We are waiting to see if the renewal period becomes part of the harmonized national standard. If it does, the renewal period may move to 5 years or less in the future.What does this mean for producers?• If you want to apply for Growing Forward/CAP grants, you will need a current EFP.• If a sustainable sourcing program requires it (e.g. the potato sustainability initiative), you will need a current EFP• If your completion letter is older than 10 years, you will need to do a new workbook and action plan.• If you cannot find your completion letter, you will need to start and complete a new EFP to be considered current, regardless of the completion date; unless your EFP is online.• EFP Technicians cannot give out completion letters without doing a full review of a new EFP (both workbook and action plan).How do I Renew?• You can register to be assigned a technician in Red Deer County, by following this link: http://www.albertaefp.com/start-an-efp - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Environmental Farm Plan WorkshopsRed Deer County Farmers and Ranchers are invited to join us for FREE Online Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) WorkshopsThis is a chance to start, complete or update your EFP.Date: Second Thursday of each monthTime: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PMWhere: Red Deer County Centre – Council ChambersCost: FREE – Lunch includedNote: Please bring a laptop as this is an Online EFP Workshop (via internet).Registration Deadline: First Thursday of each month
For more information on Environmental Farm Planning, visit www.albertaefp.com To register, contact: Agriculture Services at 403.342.8654 or firstname.lastname@example.org