Nutrient & Waste Management BMPs

Nutrient & Waste Management BMPs2024-02-21T11:37:44-08:00

Cost-Shared Ratio: 50% or 90% if indicated below

Maximum total funding amount for all projects undertaken in the Nutrient & Waste category: Up to 50K unless otherwise noted

Application Window: Opens January 30, 2024

Submission Window: February 13, 2024 at 9 AM to February 20, 2024 at 4 PM

Project Completion Date: + 140 days from Project Approval/Start Date

Categories: (see Project Details)

  • Improved on-farm fuel storage
  • Improved on-farm pesticide storage
  • Improved residuals management (mortalities / pruning’s)
  • Composting of agricultural wastes (residuals)
  • Wood residue management (chippers or forced air burners)
  • Plastics compactor equipment
  • Improved pesticide management (sprayers / movers)
  • Pest monitoring to enhance pest management planning
  • Precision guidance applications (GPS – management of nutrients)
  • Precision guidance applications (GPS – management of pesticides/residuals)
  • Improved liquid manure storage facilities*
  • Assessment and monitoring of existing manure storages*
  • Treatment systems for solid or liquid manure
  • Improved land application of agricultural by-products
  • Recycling of wastewater streams
  • Specific equipment components for land application of fertilizer
  • Fertigation (including perennial and annual crops)
  • Low disturbance placement of seed and fertilizer
  • Covered manure storage or Covered manure storage in combination with methane collection and renewable energy production from collected methane
  • Feed additives to manage enteric fermentation in ruminants

BMPs eligible for Fraser Valley Flood Mitigation Program funding are indicated with * and orange text.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must:

  • Have an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) that is less than 5 years old and reflects the current farm or ranch operation. The EFP must be renewed if it is more than 5 years old, or if there have been changes made to the farm or ranch operation that could have impacted the environmental risk. This does not imply the farm operation will be able to access BMP program dollars nor does it imply the farm cap will be reset.
  • The farm or ranch operation must be in British Columbia and have valid “Farm Class” land as designated by the BC Assessment Authority or be a First Nations agricultural operation with designated authority to use the land.
  • The applicant must have a valid business (GST) number.
  • Access to certain BMPs require additional assessments, planning or design that must completed prior to approval (e.g., Nutrient or Riparian Management Plans). These BMPs are “linked”, and the planning BMP must be completed and submitted prior to beginning a project. Concurrency of planning and/or technical assessment may be allowed for projects that are not contingent on a final design for the project construction activity or may be waived at the discretion of the Program Manager. All Planning BMPs require prior approval.

Ineligible Activities and Expenses

Unless specified in a BMP Practice Code, the following costs are ineligible:

  • Fertilizer, seed, and crop protection products
  • Fees for permits, approvals, or legal activities
  • Typical farm equipment and related accessories or attachments (including tractors, skid steers and trailers)
  • Costs of ongoing activities
  • Maintenance or repair costs
  • Financing charges, loan interest payments, bank fees and charges
  • Maintenance or extended warranties on equipment, electronics, or technology purchases
  • New building construction including sheds, barns, or storages (for products or by-products)
  • Expenses incurred prior to approval, or expenses after the project completion date unless consent is received from the program.

Additional Eligibility Requirements & Notices

  • Stacking of funds from other government programs is not allowed.

Applications

Applicants will apply through the IAF Client Portal. REMINDER: Do not wait to start this process – it can take up to two business days to validate your organization!

The application process will consist of:

REMINDER: Do not wait to start this process – it can take up to two business days to validate your organization!

  • Go to IAF’s Client Portal
  • Create a personal profile (name and email)
  • Provide organization information, including:
    • Name
    • Contact details
    • Type of organization
    • BC ID / CRA numbers
    • Primary contact
    • And more

Select the Beneficial Management Practices Program from Funding Opportunities, and provide:

  • Applicant type
  • Project start & end dates
  • Alignment with program priorities
  • Description of key activities, who will oversee/undertake work, and timeline
  • Demonstrate how all technical, environmental, regulatory standards and/or requirements (as applicable) are met.
  • Copies of relevant documents (e.g., permits, licensing, CBA, documentation from Dam Safety or Water Authorization Program staff)
  • Performance measurement information
  • Funding request / project budget
  • and more!

Applicants may be required to provide supplementary materials in support of their application (e.g., budget, water licence, change approval). These documents can be uploaded through the IAF Client Portal as attachments to the application.

IAF staff are available to answer questions regarding eligible activities, costs and/or the application process. IAF may also contact applicants for additional information or clarification to assess their application. Applicants can contact bmp@iafbc.ca with any questions about the program or to receive support in developing their application.

Applicants are encouraged to include only activities they are confident will be completed on time and within budget limits.

Need help with IAF’s Client Portal?

We’ve created a number of tutorials and FAQs about the IAF Client Portal to help you navigate this resource successfully.

Review and Adjudication

NEW THIS YEAR: Applicants are invited to start (i.e. draft, edit & view) their application prior to the submission window opening.

Upon submission of an application, all BMP applications will be reviewed under the first-come, first-serve model for 2024/25 intakes. Project applications are screened and reviewed by IAF Staff. This review involves:

  • Ensuring application completeness.
  • Organization/Applicant eligibility check.
  • Project alignment and eligibility check.

Applications will be considered until all available funding is committed. All decisions regarding application status are final. All applicants will receive a funding decision email from IAF.

Notifications & Obligations

Funding Notifications & Contracts

If the project is approved, IAF will inform the applicant of the details of the decision and any associated terms and conditions by email within four to six weeks of the application close date.
Funding is application and project-specific and must be used for the approved project and related expenses. Funds are non-transferable.
Retroactive costs will not be considered.
Projects funded in 2024 may begin on or after April 1, 2024, and must be completed by set dates determined by category. If the project is not approved, the applicant will receive a written response from IAF.

Changes to Contracted Projects

If you are not able to complete your project or require a change, please inform the IAF Team as soon as possible using the IAF Client Portal.

Funding Acknowledgement

This program is funded by the Government of BC and/or Canada, as such acknowledgement of funding is required when publicly communicating about a project and/or funding. To ensure appropriate acknowledgement, all communications and marketing materials, including public announcements or social media posts, must be pre-approved by the IAF Communications Team. Materials can be submitted via the IAF Client Portal.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants must complete a final report prior to receiving funds from the program. This report must be filled out and submitted to IAF along with all invoices for the project to be considered for funding reimbursement. It is important that the final report is submitted on time and with all required information. Expenses will be reimbursed based on the submitted receipts, the approved project budget and the corresponding cost-share ratio. All reporting will be completed via the IAF Client Portal.

Project Details

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BMP Category

(Practice Code)

Eligible BMPs and Costs Required plans or actions to be completed prior to or concurrent with a project
Improved on-farm fuel storage

(0801.1)

Eligible:

  • Improved fuel storage by providing a roof and containment for a single walled tank or replacement of a single walled tank with a double walled tank
  • Concrete slab and bollards for a double walled tank
  • Fuel storage structures are to be designed to minimize water collection in the containment structure

Ineligible:

Roof and containment for a double walled tank

Improved on-farm pesticide storage

(0801.2)

  • Improved pesticide storage by improving existing storage structure by providing a concrete, non-permeable floor, sill or curb to contain spills
  • Installation of solid metal shelves to restrict absorption of spilled pesticides
  • Installation of lighting

Ineligible:

  • Locks, vent, and signage (minimum legislative requirement)
  • Construction or purchase of a storage building or structure
Improved on-farm storage, handling, and disposal of agricultural waste

(0802)

0802.1 poultry only

Eligible:

Improved storages or handling for livestock mortalities, culled fruit and vegetables, crop residue and wood waste.

Notes:

  • Conditions for specific waste handling practices by sector
  • This category has two sub-codes to delineate poultry from all other agricultural waste disposal projects. When completing your application, you will be asked to specify whether you are applying for poultry (0802.1) or other (0802.2).
Composting of agricultural waste

(0803)

Eligible:

  • Composting technologies that are appropriate for the composting of on-farm generated agricultural wastes including livestock mortalities, manure, fruit and vegetable culls, on-farm processing, crop residues, wood, and straw
  • (if supporting additional support for post-BHT secondary composting) Construction of new, or expansion of existing composting structures. In high precipitation areas, composting structures must be covered.

Note: A technical or engineering design (0804) must be completed and included with the project application unless the facility is a preassembled package operation with manufacturer design and operation specifications

Technical or engineering design (0804) may be required
Wood residue management

(0805)

Eligible:

  • On-farm or portable chippers or forced air assistance burners.

Ineligible:

  • Rental or contracted services for wood residue management unless project is part of a group based EFP.

Note: Burners must meet the conditions and appropriate air emission standards of the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Plastics compactor equipment
(0806)Restricted to Peace River Regional District, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Fraser Valley Regional District
Eligible:

Ineligible:

Equipment or materials not related to plastics compacting in identified regions.

Improved Pest Management Equipment

(1601)

Eligible:

  • Alteration or purchase of new or alternations to pesticide application equipment and purchase mowing equipment to reduce pesticide use
  • Alteration or purchase of alternative, non-sprayer type pest management equipment (i.e., flamer)
  • Application must describe how the new equipment provides an improved or incremental benefit
  • 1601.1 – Alterations to sprayers
  • 1601.2 – New Sprayers
  • 1601.3 – Rotary or flail mowers, in row mowers and tillers
    • These implements must have side discharge or swinging arms that are designed to reduce pesticide use and target grass clipping management.

Ineligible:

Funding will not be provided to assist with the control of non-wildlife, pest species that are commonly found on farms and ranches in BC

Information Collection & Monitoring

(1602)

Eligible:

  • Equipment & materials such as prediction, trapping devices and sampling equipment

Ineligible:

  • Pest management practices common to the industry and well understood will not be funded
Precision guidance applications (GPS nutrients)

(3202.1)

Eligible:

Precision farming applications that reduce input application and overlap of fertilizer, pesticides, or organic residuals (manure/compost)

  • GPS guidance systems and installation
  • On-line field mapping equipment
  • On-line input application control systems guided by high resolution electronic field maps and GPS

Ineligible:

  • Any precision farming applications in areas where field size and distribution, ditch layout and/or lay of land prevent significant utility from use of GPS – guided equipment
  • Annual subscription fees
Precision guidance applications (GPS pesticides/residuals)

(3202.2)

Eligible:

Precision farming applications that reduce application and overlap of pesticides and/or improve rate and placement of application (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)

  • GPS guidance systems and installation
  • On-line field mapping equipment
  • On-line input application control systems guided by high resolution electronic field maps and GPS

Ineligible:

  • Any precision farming applications in areas where field size and distribution, ditch layout and/or lay of land prevent significant utility from use of GPS – guided equipment
  • Annual subscription fees
  • Pesticide inputs
Low Disturbance Placement of Seed and Fertilizer

(3305)

Eligible:

  • Equipment modification on seeding implements for reduced tillage seeding and post seeding implements for low disturbance placement of seed and fertilizer
  • Modifying seeding and post-seeding implements for low-disturbance placement of seed and fertilizer; applicants may claim value of eligible components when purchasing equipment (coulters, openers, trash clearance devices, furrow closers, and liquid or row crop fertilizer banders).
  • Eligible items include:
    • Single disc openers (e.g., coulters), residue clearance devices and additional toolbars as required
    • Openers for fertilizer placement on specialized planters and drills
    • Cover crop crimper (if part of a one-pass seeding operation)
  • Liquid or dry fertilizer placement systems for high residue conditions

Ineligible:

  • Chaff collectors and chaff spreaders installed on combines are not eligible
  • Seed or fertilizer carts or tanks are not eligible.

Note: BMP is intended to provide support primarily through equipment modification; however, a producer may claim the value of the eligible modification when purchasing an entire equipment unit; the cost of the eligible component must be visibly itemized and broken out on the invoice or on a separate invoice. Or the eligible costs will be calculated at 50% of the value of the tool carrier and bottoms

For applications where a completely new unit is to be purchased, the application must describe how the new equipment provides improved or incremental benefit

Improve Liquid Manure Storage Facilities*

(0100)

Dairy only

New for 2024/25: Funding Cap is $100,000

Construction of new liquid manure storage facilities or modification to existing liquid manure storage facilities to increase manure storage capacity.

Ineligible items:

  • Manure application equipment
  • Transfer systems to move manure
  • Agitation systems
  • Storage tank aeration systems
  • Manure storage additives
Technical or engineering design (0804) is required
Assessment and monitoring of existing manure storage infrastructure*

(0105)

Poultry and livestock only

Eligible:

Purchase and installation of monitoring devices, such as piezometers or shallow observation wells to identify potential impacts of manure leaks and spills on surface or ground water.

Ineligible:

  • Increased volume of storage facilities
  • Improved features to prevent leaks and spills
Treatment systems for solid or liquid manure

(0201)

Poultry and livestock only

Eligible:

  • Dewatering for liquid manure
  • Sand recovery lanes
  • Nutrient and/or bedding recovery systems for solid and liquid manure (ex. Bedding master, centrifuge, etc.)
  • Pathogen and vector attraction reduction treatment systems which would permit solids to meet protocols identified in the BC Good Agricultural Practices Guide (for food safety)
  • Nutrient recovery as a backend to a biogas system
  • Nutrient upgrading equipment that is directly associated with the nutrient recovery system
  • Interconnections that support nutrient recovery systems, e.g., piping, electrical, reception units

Ineligible:

  • New solid or liquid manure storage facilities
  • Modifications to existing facilities which would increase their capacity, including new or modified reception pits
  • Nutrient recovery supporting infrastructure, e.g., concrete pads, roofs, buildings

Note: 

  • For composting of manure see 0803
  • For non-manure wastewater treatment see 1701
Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) (2401.1 or 2401.2)
Specific equipment components for land application of agricultural by-products

(0301)

Eligible:

Projects could include specialized modifications to equipment for improved manure application to land.

  • Solid manure spreaders: funding may be provided for the incremental costs of cyclone spreading attachments. Other types of spreaders will be reviewed, on a case-by-case basis, to determine components that can be funded from the program
  • Liquid manure spreaders: funding may be provided for modification to existing spreaders Low trajectory, sleighfoot, band or injection spreading technology is preferred. Eligible items could also include addition of flowmeters and controls for liquid delivery systems.

Note: For new manure spreading equipment (complete unit) only the portion of the implement directly related to improved accuracy of rate and placement of agricultural by-products for the new spreader will be eligible. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Recycling of wastewater streams

(1701)

Eligible:

This could include wastewater streams from milk houses, fruit and vegetable washing facilities, and greenhouses to recover nutrients or reduce water use

Specific equipment components for land application of fertilizer.

(3203)

Eligible:

Projects could include specialized modification which improve the accuracy of rate and or placement of fertilizer.

  • Funding may be provided for the incremental costs of attachments or funding may be provided for modification to existing application equipment or a portion of the components of the new application equipment

Note: For new fertilizer application equipment (complete unit) only the portion of the implement directly related to improved accuracy of rate and or placement of commercial fertilizer for the new applicator will be eligible. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis

Fertigation (including perennial and annual crops)

(3204)

Eligible:

Projects could include specialized equipment, or modification of existing equipment, to deliver nutrients to crops as part of a liquid solution. Systems must improve the accuracy of rate and placement of fertilizer.

  • Funding may be provided for the incremental costs of attachments or funding may be provided for modification to existing application equipment or a portion of the components of the new application equipment

For new application equipment, only the portion of the implement directly related to improved accuracy of rate and or placement of commercial fertilizer for the new applicator will be eligible. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis

Covered manure storage or Covered manure storage in combination with methane collection and renewable energy production from collected methane

Projects must reduce methane emissions from agricultural operations by preventing, suppressing or utilizing methane (CH4)

(3101.1)

Eligible:

  • Floating contact cover (whole sheet)
  • Floating contact cover (aggregated sections – rainwater cannot be collected)
  • Water collection system and pumps
  • Sealed cover (tent-like structure or self-inflated dome or lid) for anaerobic reactors
  • Floating contact cover (whole sheet) for liquid digester effluent storage
  • Infrastructure related to pasteurization of applicable imported non-agricultural feedstock
  • Methane utilization infrastructure such as biogas boilers, co-gen/micro turbine or biogas clean-up and upgrading equipment
  • Heat exchange system to utilize heat radiated by methane utilization equipment
  • Assessment, design and construction costs are eligible
  • Consultant work related to acquisition of discharge permit under the Environmental Management Act and carbon offset verification and validation
  • Assessment, design and construction costs are eligible

Ineligible:

  • Roof structures that do not ensure a sealed headspace above the manure or direct contact between the cover and the manure
  • Storage structures for manure and other agricultural wastes
  • Rainwater collection systems or pumps or parts of a larger system that are not directly associated with the manure storage cover
  • Open flares
  • Gas collection and conveyance systems or part of a system that is not directly associated with methane collection from the manure storage or anaerobic reactor tanks
  • Any infrastructure on a legal property which is not assessed as a farm for tax purposes
Can be supported by engineering or technical design (3102) if required
Feed additives to manage enteric fermentation in ruminants

(3101.3)

Examples of eligible additives for investigation:

  • Microbial and/or by-pass protein
  • Ionophores or Red Seaweed (Asparagopsis taxiformis)
  • Dietary fats (may impact milk quality negatively)
  • Implementing practices: A single year funding can be provided to assist producers wishing to utilize feed additives to reduce enteric fermentation

Ineligible:

Feed efficiency, digestibility or feed additive costs related to non-ruminant animals, any applications for funding subsequent to initial year

Apply

Nutrient & Waste Management BMPs Program Dates

Application Window: Opens January 30, 2024

Submission Window: February 13, 2024 – February 20, 2024

Thank you to all who submitted an application!

Resources

FAQ

Will IAF consider multi-year BMP Projects for funding approval?2024-02-05T14:48:45-08:00

IAF will consider multi-year projects for the current intakes, however these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applications that intend to span more than one fiscal year must indicate the work that will occur in each project year and the budget associated with that work. It should be noted that projects that span more than one fiscal year will still only be entitled to the same Maximum Total Funding Amount for the one Fiscal Year (for example, for Riparian and Grazing Projects, the maximum total funding amount would remain $70,000). Requests for consideration must include justification for extending the project beyond the standard project completion timeline. 

Why are Water Infrastructure BMPs not offered in 2024?2024-02-23T14:31:52-08:00

Water Infrastructure applications may reopen in 2024.

Subscribe to the newsletter to learn more about future application intake windows.

When will payment(s) be received?2024-02-05T14:48:10-08:00

IAF provides payments by EFT (direct deposit). To get your EFT information set up to ensure timely delivery of your payment(s) please follow the directions provided here to update your client portal.

Payments will be made based on actual expenses reported, and payments will be made in arrears. All projects require an approved report to receive payment.

When can I expect to hear back about a funding decision?2024-02-05T14:47:42-08:00

Funding decisions for complete applications will be communicated to applicants within 8 weeks of the program’s close or the application submission if in the case of an ongoing intake window.

IAF will return incomplete applications to applicants via the IAF Client Portal for resubmission with missing information/clarifications requested. IAF will complete adjudication and notification of funding decisions within eight weeks of application resubmission.

What proof of equipment (or similar) purchase do you require?2024-02-05T14:46:49-08:00

When reporting, you may be asked to submit an image of the equipment (or similar) serial number; this serial number must match the serial number on the submitted invoice.

What is the difference between the application and submission window?2024-02-05T14:51:19-08:00

The Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) Program is a first-come, first-serve program. For the 2024 application window, we heard feedback that applicants wanted to have time to review the application before submissions start to see the specific application questions and requirements and to start preparing their application before submissions begin.

The application window is the two-week period where an applicant is able to view, draft, and save their application. The submission window is the 6-day period where an applicant can submit their application.

What if my project requires a permit?2024-02-05T14:47:15-08:00

Please provide the status of the permit and any supporting documentation at the time of application.

My total project costs are more than the funding cap for the program, what do I do?2024-02-05T14:49:59-08:00

Please only submit costs up to the cap of the category/project. If you exceed the program/project cap on your application, you will receive an error and will need to adjust your application details before you are able to submit.

Is GST an eligible cost as part of my project expenses?2024-02-05T14:45:45-08:00

No, GST is not eligible for reimbursement.

I cannot submit my application due to a ‘total funding requested’ error, how do I submit?2024-02-05T14:49:26-08:00

If you receive an error similar to the error below, please adjust your project costs to be below or at the maximum funding amount. We acknowledge that projects may cost more to complete – but the request may not exceed the amount due to system limitations.

How long does it take to register my organization? Is this included in the deadline?2024-02-05T14:45:13-08:00

Your organization must register through the IAF Client Portal to apply to IAF programs. Please note, if you have not already registered, this process can take up to 2 business days and must be completed before the application deadline.

How long can I take to complete my project?2024-02-05T14:46:25-08:00

The completion date of your project is dependent on the BMP category you apply for, as well as the project start date. Please see Important Dates for details.

Can I change the BMP category on my application after I have started?2024-02-05T14:50:26-08:00

Yes. However, please remove all numbers entered in the previously chosen BMP practice code. If you do not remove the previously entered numbers, they will affect the total funding requested calculation at the end of your application.

Beneficial Management Practices Program Guide

Download the Beneficial Management Practices Program Guide.

Funding Acknowledgement Requirements

Download the Funding Acknowledgement Requirements for the Beneficial Management Practices Program.

Land Owner Statement

Download the Land Owner Statement for the Beneficial Management Practices Program.

Need a Contractor?

IAF has assembled a list of verified contractors that are able to help execute your plan/design.

Have an Active Project?

Please visit the program’s Project Resource Hub for more information.

Have a Question?

Contact the IAF Team

Please note: the Government of BC may, from time to time, give instructions to IAF in relation to the delivery and administration of this program. IAF must and will comply with those instructions.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a $3.5-billion, 5-year agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

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