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Saskatchewan launches new water protection scheme for cow-calf producers

15 July 2021

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a new beneficial management practice (BMP) for cow-calf producers under the Farm Stewardship Program.

Eligible beef cow-calf producers can now access cost shared funding of up to 75% of project costs, to a maximum payment of $15,000, for the development of preventative run-off control measures. Eligible projects include; holding or retention ponds for collecting run-off, ditches, berms or dykes and earthwork or pen regrading to achieve proper run-off.

"I feel for the many Saskatchewan producers dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions across much of the province this year. Together with our provincial counterparts, we are working to build a sustainable future for our farm families, because we know farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Producers can now access this program which will help them to protect their valuable water sources and support their adoption of sustainable management practices," Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement. 

The Farm Stewardship Program provides Saskatchewan producers funding to implement BMPs in three priority areas – water quality, climate change and biodiversity. The new BMP will encourage beef producers to implement surface water protection on cow-calf operations.

"As stewards of the land, producers take their responsibility to protect water sources seriously. This program will provide additional funding for Saskatchewan cow-calf producers and assist them with making improvements to their operations," David Marit, Saskatchewan's Minister of Agriculture said.



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