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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Environmental Farm Planning FAQ #5

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Do I Have to Do a Plan for Every Field or Pasture?

I farm a lot of acres. I’ve got 20 fields, and 47 paddocks in my rotational grazing system. Do I need to make an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) for each one?

ANSWER:
No. Environmental Farm Planning is about you identifying environmental risks associated with your farm or ranch.

When you have multiple fields (or pastures) with BOTH similar natural features AND similar management, they can be lumped together into one “Field Group” (for EFP purposes).

For example, if you are a farmer with multiple annual crop fields that are all fairly flat, with black soils that drain well, all of those fields can be lumped in together. You’d then answer each question that applies to that Field Group, one time only.

As another example, if you are a farmer with tame pastures in rolling hills with a number of wetlands, and another bunch of pastures that are native in rolling hills with a number of wetlands, you would have 2 “Field Groups” (for EFP purposes). This is because there is different management involved, with tame pasture versus native pasture.

In general, the idea is to make things as simple as possible for you to complete your EFP. Most farms in Red Deer County with completed EFPs, have maybe 3 or 4 field groups, and sometimes only 1 or 2, regardless of your farm / ranch size.

Helping you lump your Fields and Pastures together, is one of the things that your EFP Technician can help you with.

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