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Open for Applications – On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) Starts Application Intake in Alberta
July 29, 2022 – Edmonton Alberta – RDAR is excited to announce that it will be open to receiving applications for the On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) program starting August 4, 2022.
RDAR was announced as one of 12 national delivery partners for the federally funded program in February 2022. Over the last several months, RDAR has been preparing to launch the program.
Read: RDAR to Deliver Federal Funding Program to Help Alberta Producers Tackle Climate Change
The On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is a cost-share funding program that supports farmers in adopting best management practices (BMPs) that reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and store carbon, specifically for in-field nitrogen management, expanding cover cropping, and implementing rotational grazing practices.
This program helps producers adopt different practices by offsetting 85% of the cost. Alberta farmers and ranchers can apply for up to $75,000 in funding for to implement practices related to nitrogen management, rotational grazing, and cover cropping.
“Protecting Alberta’s reputation for producing high-quality food in accordance with responsible environmental stewardship practices is critical to maintaining high-levels of demand for our products in export markets around the globe. With opportunities for producers to offset 85 per cent of the cost of adopting new practices and apply for up $75,000 in funding – the OFCAF program provides the tools our agriculture sector needs to remain successful.”
Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development
“By offsetting producers’ costs to change farm practices and adopt new technologies, OFCAF encourages acceleration of the delivery of climate change solutions and promote sustainable agriculture. For RDAR, OFCAF will be an important resource to advance producer competitiveness, profitability, and productivity.”
Dr. Mark Redmond, RDAR CEO
To help producers prepare to apply for funding, RDAR is hosting a series of one-hour OFCAF webinar sessions. These sessions will help farmers and ranchers understand the application process, eligibility and how to apply.
Register for a OFCAF webinar session
More information on applying to this program be available on the OFCAF website and in the OFCAF Newsletter. OFCAF application intake begins August 4, 2022 and continues through March 2024.
RDAR’s mandate is to target strategic investments in producer-led, results-driven agriculture research to power the competitiveness, profitability, productivity and sustainability of Agriculture in Alberta. As a not-for-profit corporation, RDAR’s funding comes from the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, and Alberta’s Government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. rdar.ca
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