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Agriculture Stewardship Program
The Agriculture Stewardship Program (ASP) is provided under Growing Forward 2, a Federal-Provincial-Territorial Initiative. The commitment of the Growing Forward 2 Program to Canada’s agricultural sector, through ASP, helps ensure that the agriculture sector contributes to society’s priorities of clean soil, water and air resources and improved biodiversity.
The ASP offers technical and financial support to encourage producers to voluntarily implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce environmental risk and enhance Prince Edward Island’s soil, water, air and biodiversity resources.
ASP is funded by the federal and provincial governments and is delivered by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Daniel Muir
PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Tel: 894-0340
E-mail: dfmuir@gov.pe.ca


Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Program

The ALUS program is a voluntary program for PEI landowners and farmers. The program protects PEI water, fish and wildlife habitat.
The ALUS program wiil:

  • reduce soil erosion and siltation of streams
  • improve water quality
  • improve and increase wildlife habitat

Shawn Hill
ALUS Coordinator
PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry
(902)836-8916
Agriculture Information Desk
PEI Department of Agriculture
1-866-PEI-FARM (734-3276)

 

Environmental Farm Plan
The program assists farmers and landowners to identify and incorporate best environmental practices in their farming activities. This industry led initiative assists farmers in developing a strong environmental awareness in all aspects of their farming operation. Information on the program is available on-line at PEI Federation of Agriculture.
Farmers may attend a one-day workshop to complete an environmental assessment of their operation and develop an action plan to address environmental issues on their farm. The workshop cost is $25.

Environmental Farm Plan Coordinator
PEI Federation of Agriculture
420 University Ave.
Charlottetown
PE C1A 7Z5
Tel: 368-7289 Fax: 368-7204

Environmental Property Tax Credit Program

The Sustainable Resource Policy aims to improve the management of our land, water and air resources in a manner that enhances the quality of human life and biodiversity. In keeping with the policy, the province invites agricultural landowners to apply for tax credits that recognize certain environmental practices which benefit Island residents and resources. These credits are subject to eligibility criteria, and include:

  • Environmental Land credits for high sloped land and buffer zones
  • Environmental Building Credits for beneficial farm structures

 

Program Administrator
(902)894-0340

Environmently Significant Class of Land Holdings
Landowners can receive an exemption of Environmentally Significant Land Holdings from Section 2 of the Prince Edward Island Lands Protection Act. Both Corporations and Individuals can have up to 40% of their land holdings certified to be placed into the Environmentally Significant Class of Land Holdings. Under these new Exemption Regulations, landowners will be able to acquire additional land to offset the certified land that they are willing to place under the Environmentally Significant Class of Land Holdings.
Creation of an Environmentally Significant Class of Land Holdings will:

  • Reduce siltation and eutrophication of watercourses and wetlands
  • Improve soil quality
  • Reduce nitrate levels in intensively farmed watersheds
  • Reduce wind erosion
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Improve landscape diversity
  • Create ecological goods and services from private lands

 

PEI Department of Agriculture
1-866-PEI-FARM (734-3276)

Nutrient Management Planning
Nutrient management promotes efficient nutrient cycling on farms with minimal impacts on the environment. A nutrient management plan requires detailed farm information on crop management, crop available nutrients in the soil, soil additives and animal nutrition programs.
Technical assistance is available to assist with the development of a nutrient management plan.

Barry Thompson
Manager, Agriculture Resource Development Coordinator
PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown
PE C1A 7N8
Tel: 368-6366 Fax: 368-5661
blthompson@gov.pe.ca


Watercourse Buffer Zones
The buffer zone initiative is designed to protect and enhance the watercourses and wetlands on PEI. Farm Extension Services staff are available to assist farmers and landowners with identifying areas that are in need of a buffer zone. Technical assistance includes identifying the types of crops and management practices for the buffer zone.

District Offices
O'Leary 859-8844
Summerside 888-8040
Charlottetown 368-4145

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