Who can participate in this program?
Producers can participate who own an irrigated agricultural operation in Alberta and who own or lease a parcel of irrigated land in Alberta.
A Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan is required for each parcel/irrigation system upgrade.
How are costs shared with producers?
Applicants are eligible to receive either:
How many grant payments may producers receive?
A producer who is eligible to receive funding may obtain only one grant payment for each irrigation system upgrade on a specific parcel to a maximum of $150,000 each fiscal year for several parcels.
What costs are eligible for reimbursement?
Eligible projects include:
What costs are not eligible for reimbursement?
Projects that are not eligible include:
Are variable-frequency drives and motor efficiency improvements eligible for reimbursement under this program or any other program?
These improvements are not eligible for a grant payment under this program, but they could be eligible for a grant payment under the Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program with funding from the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.
What types of sprinkler nozzles are currently considered high-efficiency nozzles?
Senninger i-Wob, Nelson O3000 Orbitor, Nelson A3000 Accelerator, Nelson S3000 Spinner, Nelson D3000 Sprayheads, Nelson R3000 Rotator and Komet Precision Twister (KPT) sprinkler nozzles.
When must equipment have been purchased to be eligible for this program?
Eligible equipment must be purchased after April 1, 2018, and must be operational within six months after an application is approved. A field inspection will be completed to verify installation of the equipment.