Farm Technology Program
The Farm Technology Program supports producers in protecting their business by encouraging the adoption of best management practices in farm technology and security.
This two-year pilot phase (2021 to 2023) of the Farm Technology Program is focused on sensors that contribute to farm data systems, and technology-based security devices, and supports producers in protecting their businesses through the adoption of best management practices in farm security.
Intake starting June 18, 2021
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The Farm Technology Program supports the adoption of innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste, optimizes farm efficiency, and encourages the adoption of best management practices in farm security.
Innovative data systems are transforming modern agriculture. Technology and connectivity are advancing risk management, optimizing efficiencies, and securing property. As farms progress from sensors that collect digital information through software that processes vast amounts of data to automated tasks, producers save time and money, and gain a competitive advantage.
This program provides financial incentives on new technologies that are commercially available and already demonstrated under Alberta conditions. To be eligible for funding, the program targets technology that is proven, but not yet widely adopted within an applicant’s farm type.
Based on the activities included in the Application, Applications will be divided into two streams, the Farm Technology stream that supports adoption of innovative technology that minimize agricultural waste and optimize farm efficiency; and the Farm Security stream which supports producers in their efforts to secure business assets.
· Eligible expenses will be costs shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant up to the following maximums:
· The maximum grant for the Farm Technology Stream for the Program Term is $48,000 per Applicant; and
· The maximum grant for the Farm Security Stream for the Program Term is $2,000 per Applicant.
· The maximum grant an applicant can receive from the program is $50,000 over the Program Term (April 2021 to March 2023).
To be eligible to apply to this Program, the applicant must be a Primary Producer:
· operating in Alberta that is responsible for input costs or agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $25,000 worth of farm commodities annually. This does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is ownership of the land, and
· has either a current Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician; or is currently working on an EFP and is in a position to receive an EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician before the end of the Project Term.
Please Note: A valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a prerequisite to this program. EFP has implemented a 10-year renewal starting 2018; therefore, an EFP completed more than 10 years before your application date will not be considered valid. To get started on your EFP visit: albertaefp.com
Details on eligible and non-eligible expenses are in the Program Funding List.
Examples of eligible expenses are electronic sensors, data collection and storage units, livestock ID readers, GPS equipment trackers, and remote monitors.
Review the funding list before applying as it is subject to change. Subscribe to the program for automatic updates.
How to Apply
Step 1: Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Farm Technology Program Terms and Conditions. Confirm that the proposed activities are eligible. Eligible activities are listed in the Funding List.
Step 2: Complete and sign the Application Form.
Step 3: Submit the Application Form and supporting documents by:
· Email to email@example.com
· Mail to:
Farm Technology Program
Suite 303, 7000-113 Street NW
Edmonton, AB, T6H 5T6
Applications will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis. Applications will be evaluated and recommended for approval according to the eligibility criteria and funding availability.
Total processing time objective is 5 weeks.
Links and Other Resources
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
Trouble opening or completing PDF forms?
Fillable forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill and save the application form:
· Click on the PDF link to save it on your computer
· Open your Downloads Folder – the application should appear at the top of the folder
· Open the PDF from within the Downloads Folder. You can now fill and save your form to your desktop.
If you continue to have issues, this link can help: https://cfr.forms.gov.ab.ca/Home/Help