License to Farm
A great documentary exploring the role of science, sustainability and food safety in modern agriculture, encouraging farmers to stand up for their right to farm. Visit www.licensetofarm.com for more information.
Green Acreages Guide – Stewardship for Small Acreages
This guide is developed as a starting point that brings together information on many topics of concern for new or existing acreage owners. Inside it includes 20 chapters that discuss such topics as Life in Rural Alberta, Water, Property Evaluation, and Waste Management to name a few. The chapters include a checklist for property owners and conclude with a list of further resource links to websites offering more information. Appropriate property management can help protect your investment as a property owner. Working with the surrounding environment, managing your property correctly, keeps your investment attractive and appealing to future buyers.
A copy of this guide is available for you to look through at the MD of Bighorn office in Exshaw. Our helpful Agricultural Services staff can be of assistance in helping you through some of the informative chapters. For more information or if you decide to purchase a guide you can do so online from the Land Stewardship Centre at www.landstewardship.org for $35 plus GST.
Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)
Maintaining a healthy environment is essential to the success of Alberta’s agricultural producers. An Environmental Farm Plan is a self-assessment process that allows producers to identify and evaluate environmental risks and strengths that may be present within their agricultural operation. Through this voluntary and confidential process, producers are provided with a free workbook that they are able to work through at their own pace. This workbook is aimed at creating awareness and is the assessment tool that provides producers with the evidence that there may be some areas of possible environmental risk in their current operation. Although this is not a MD of Bighorn specific program, Agricultural Services staff have workbooks on hand and can guide you through their completion. For more information about the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan you can go to www.albertaefp.com or call 310-FARM (3276).
Growing Forward 2 (GF2)
Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial partnership with a mandate to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. The 5 year policy framework came into effect on April 2, 2013 and focuses on creating a productive and profitable agricultural sector of the Canadian economy. Growing Forward 2 is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and contains several grant programs available for agricultural producers. The MD of Bighorn Agricultural Services staff are able to provide support and assist residents with the information and application process of these programs. For more information on Growing Forward 2 or to speak with an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development program specialist visit www.growingforward.alberta.ca or call 310-FARM (3276).