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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Environmental Farm Planning FAQ #3

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How long will it take to complete my EFP?

I’m a busy person, with lots to do and not enough time to do it. How much time will I need to complete my EFP?

The Short Answer:
• It depends. Probably anywhere from 2 hours to upwards of 8 or 10.

The Longer Answer:
We (your Red Deer County Environmental Farm Plan Technicians) have worked with 200 or 300 Red Deer County producers, helping them complete their EFPs in the last 15 or so years. Here’s what we’ve seen:
• If you are an annual crop or forage producer with no livestock, you can probably complete your EFP in 2 to 4 hours.
• If you are a cow-calf operation, that grows forages (grass and hay only), you can probably complete your EFP in 4 to 6 hours
• If you are a confined feeding operation, you can probably complete your EFP in as little as 3 hours if you have no crops or any land beyond the barn / pens
• If you are a mixed farm, with pens, crops, pastures, water bodies, fertilizer and pesticide storage etc…you are going to be on the longer end…probably 8 or 10 hours of work to complete your EFP.
• Some things to keep in mind:
• EFPs can now be completed on-line. This considerably shortens the time it takes, compared to the days of pencil-and-paper
• Red Deer County EFP Technicians (Aimee and Ken) are available to help you start, complete, or update your EFP.
• The second Thursday of every month (next one is May 10), we host an EFP workshop…in 4 or 5 hours at this workshop, you can get a lot done, especially when you can focus on your EFP. We’ve had people start their EFP before lunch, and be done before they leave that afternoon.
• Having an updated EFP makes you eligible for some Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding (the CAP Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Producer Program). You can apply for $100,000 or more. Even if it takes you 10 hours to complete your EFP…that’s some attractive math: $100,000 / 10 hours = $10,000 / hour… a healthy return on your time investment!

For more information, contact Red Deer County’s Conservation department at 403.350.2150 or visit

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