New Water Management Funding for Certain Specialty Crops

New environmental cost-share funding opportunities are available for the 2012 cropping year for commercial greenhouse, landscape nursery and vegetable farms including ginseng. The funding is through a special project associated with the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan and supports the development of best management practices to protect water quality.

Funding support includes the following:

–          runoff control projects

–         buffer strip establishment in riparian areas

–          tile water treatment systems

–          improved pesticide management with support for equipment modifications to increase accuracy of applications

–          nutrient use efficiency projects including recycling and treatment systems

–          water efficiency projects including reduced wash water volumes and low volume irrigation systems

The cost-share is between 30 and 50% depending on the BMP Category with a cap between $5,000 and $20,000. The program begins on July 19 and projects must be completed by the end of 2012.

For more information contact:

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Telephone: 1-800-265-9751

www.ontariosoilcrop.org

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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