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Farmers who have an Environmental Farm Plan are serious about learning how to reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment. Many Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) participants enjoy increased efficiency, profitability and new customers as a result of increased environmental sustainability. What opportunities exist on your farm?

Applications for Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) 2021 are now closed. For more information, including application windows, project category lists and project applications please see below. To stay up to date on upcoming application windows and categories please subscribe to the newsletter >>

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What is an EFP?

Funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the Environmental Farm Plan Program’s objective is to provide farm and ranch operators with the means to identify agri-environmental risks and opportunities. The goal of the EFP Program is to improve on-farm awareness of agri-environmental risks.

The EFP & BMP programs provide eligible agri-food sector producers with access to consultants (known as EFP Planning Advisors) to assist in the completion of Environmental Farm Plans and support the application process to BMP funding. The EFP and BMP programs enhances the capacity of producers to maintain competitiveness by adapting and responding to emerging environmental, regenerative agriculture, and climate challenges and changing environmental conditions.

Who’s Eligible for an EFP?

  • Farm and ranch operations in BC that have valid Farm Class land or have applied for Farm Class land as designated by the BC Assessment Authority
  • First Nations agricultural operations, or
  • Agricultural operations with a lease (private or Crown) to use the land and make alteration

Implement an EFP for your farm:

Step 1: Book an Appointment

Book a confidential, on-farm appointment with one of our friendly Environmental Farm Plan Advisors. You could be eligible to receive an Environmental Farm Plan sign after this first visit! Many farmers are surprised by how sustainable they already are.

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Step 2: Assess Environmental Risks

Your Planning Advisor will identify any environmental risks on your farm within your Environmental Farm Planning workbook. This workbook is confidential and yours to keep. Choose to voluntarily address these risks to receive an Environmental Farm Plan Sign.

Step 3: Apply for funding

Funding is available to help you reduce the environmental risks identified within your EFP workbook (i.e. red box answers).

Projects that can be funded through the Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) program include waste management, air quality control, emissions control, soil and riparian integrity, water quality and on-farm materials storage.

What’s a red box answer?
Red box answers are items where a provincial or federal regulation applies to the farm and you need to do/change something. Once you have no red box answers you’re eligible for implementation with your planning advisors consensus.

Step 4: Implement your EFP

To qualify for implementation of your EFP and get your EFP sign, you must complete your workbook (reviewed by a Planning Advisor), with no outstanding items requiring attention (red box answers).

Step 5: Put up your EFP sign!

Once implemented, display your new Environmental Farm Plan sign to proudly show your farm’s environmental sustainability and to help us spread the good word about this great program! Don’t forget to contact your planning advisor to renew your farm plan every 5-years.

Beneficial Management Practices

The 2021 Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) applications are now closed. Subscribe to the newsletter to learn more about 2022 BMP applications.

What is BMP?

The Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) program is a complementary, on-farm cost-share incentive program to assist farm and ranch operations to mitigate some of the risks identified in the farm-specific Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs). The goal of the BMP program is to increase adoption of technology and practices to mitigate high-risk activities or emerging challenges.

There are over 70 categories of practices and actions eligible for cost-share funding through the Beneficial Management Practices Program. For over 17 years the program has helped place BC farms and ranches at the forefront of regenerative agriculture and climate adaptation.

There are BMPs which support farms to act on regenerative agriculture practices in areas such as: building soil fertility and health, increasing water percolation; water retention, and clean and safe water runoff, enhancing and conserving biodiversity on farms, capacity for self-renewal and resiliency through ecosystem health and sequestering carbon.

Who’s Eligible for BMP?

BC producers who develop and have completed a current (within 5-years) Environmental Farm Plan may be eligible to apply for cost-shared incentives through the Beneficial Management Practices Program. Funding is to support implementation of actions identified in the on-farm action plan.

BMP Applications

All application windows are subject to funding availability and may close earlier than stated if funds are fully allocated. Applications must be complete and be accompanied with all appropriate or required information and documents in order to be processed for approval.

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Resources

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Eligible BMPs

Download the 2022 Eligible Beneficial Management Practices.

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EFP Renewal Assessment

Download the Environmental Farm Plan renewal assessment form.

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Farm Energy Assessment Providers

Download the list of approved contractors: Recognized Farm Energy Assessment Providers.

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IPM Plan Approved Contractors

Download the list of IPM Plan Approved Contractors (update: March 2021)

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Reference & Guides

EFP Reference Guide

Download the EFP reference guide to support the EFP Planning Workbook. Updated version coming soon!

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Biodiversity Guide

Download the Biodiversity Guide.

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Management Plan Guides

Drainage Management

Visit the BC Government’s Drainage Management Guide page.

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Grazing Management

Visit the BC Government’s Grazing Management Guide page.

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Irrigation System Assessment

Visit the BC Government’s Irrigation System Assessment Guide page.

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Nutrient Management Reference

Download the Nutrient Management Reference Guide – updated version coming soon

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Riparian

Download the Riparian Guide.

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Riparian Areas & Information

Learn more about Riparian Areas from the Government of BC’s website.

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Integrated Pest Management Plan

Download the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan Process (March 2019)

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Vegetative Buffers

Download the Vegetative Buffers Guide.

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Funding provided by:

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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.