Funding Opportunity

Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF)

ABOUT THE ON-FARM CLIMATE ACTION FUND (OFCAF)

OFCAF is an initiative to help farmers tackle climate change. Funding for this project [in part] has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund. Read the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada OFCAF news release.

PROGRAM SCOPE

The program will provide financial support to producers to accelerate their adoption and implementation of on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) to reduce GHG emissions, support production efficiency, sustainability and resiliency on their farm operations. To assist producers with their adoption of new BMPs, the program will offer producers resources to support BMP implementation and provide BMP design recommendations.

The three BMP streams in the OFCAF program are:

  • Improving nitrogen management:
    • for example, agronomic services to develop farm-specific nutrient management plans, equipment modifications for fertilizer application in fields, and soil sampling and analysis.

  • Increasing adoption of cover cropping:
    • for example, payment-per-acre to cover adoption or related costs such as seeds and equipment. Cover crops are plants, like clover and alfalfa, that are planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested.

  • Expanding the adoption of rotational grazing:
    • for example, agronomic services to develop grazing management plans, interior cross fencing, water system infrastructure, legume and forage seeds. Rotational grazing is the practice of containing and moving livestock through pasture to allow forage plants to recover, deepen their root systems and improve soil health.

Other activities to support the adoption of beneficial management practices will be considered, such as outreach, education and training.

OFCAF PROGRAM FAQS

RDAR and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are currently developing the details of this program. Although we can’t commit to timelines until we have more information from AAFC, we’d like to answer some of the most common questions we’ve received so far. Click the button below to view our FAQs and be sure to subscribe to our OFCAF newsletter to receive program updates.

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The list of BMP streams may be updated during the term of the program. Please subscribe below to receive updates and notifications to program changes. Visit our newsletters page to see past OFCAF communications.

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