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By Ken Lewis, Conservation CoordinatorGet access to $3,000,000,000 over the next five years. Or at least, get access to some of it.This is the budget for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). CAP is the successor program to Growing Forward.CAP is available to individuals and groups of agriculture producers and agri-food processors, through 15 programs.In Alberta, these programs are grouped into five “Themes”:• Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change• Products, Market Growth and Diversification• Science and Research• Risk Management• Public TrustThe website for CAP is www.cap.alberta.ca.The programs will be introduced in 2018, and run until March of 2023. Already launched and accepting applications, are: Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Programs (for Producers and for Groups); Farm Water Supply Program; and Irrigation Efficiency Program. Other programs will start up in the coming weeks.The list of projects, activities, and actions that are eligible for funding is long.In general, if you are thinking of doing something new on your farm / ranch / agri-food business, it’s worth a look at the CAP webpage to see if there’s funding available to help you do it.Red Deer County staff are available to help Red Deer County producers and agri-food processors with their CAP applications. Once you know which CAP program(s) you are interested in applying to, the best thing to do is call the Ag Services department at 403.342.8654. From there, we’ll direct you to the person who can provide support and advice, either from the County or from elsewhere.Examples of support that County Staff can help you with:• Environmental Farm Plans• Business Development Plans• Emergency Preparedness Plans• Long-Term Water Management Plans• And more!Please have a look at the CAP website (is www.cap.alberta.ca), and give us a call (403.342.8654)!