Funding for Farmers
LARA searches out grant and funding opportunities for Lakeland famers, shares information about them, and helps producers navigate the application process.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)
CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018, and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership. In Alberta, CAP represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.
For more information about the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, visit the CAP website.
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (LARAWRRP)
LARA has received a grant from Alberta Environment and Parks for the purpose of implementing Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) to protect and improve our wetlands and riparian areas in our local watersheds.
To find out more about the program including how to apply, visit these links:
COVID 19 Resources and Funding
The purpose of this program is to provide support to the agricultural and horticultural businesses and services to help address the impact of COVID-19. The program will provide a grant to eligible employers to offset the costs of training and ensuring safety protocols are in place for new employees hired from the available domestic labour pool.
To ensure producers, agribusinesses and food processors can remain focused on business-critical functions rather than worrying about how to access funds to keep operating through this challenging period with payment deferrals and credit line program.
Effective immediately the agriculture and food sector, as a recognized essential service, can submit PPE orders directly to the Logistics Section of Municipal Affairs’ Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s Provincial Operations Centre (AEMA-POC) for procurement on their behalf. Click here to read the ordering instructions provided by the Government of Alberta.
The Government of Canada is taking action to support producers, processors and agri-food businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
The AgriStability enrolment deadline for the 2020 program year has been extended, without penalty, from April 30 to July 3, 2020. The extension offers farmers additional time to sign up and benefit from the program
Matching workers with employers to fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.
Alberta’s Food Regulation sets the rules for the safe handling of food that is available to the public. As of June 1, 2020, the Food Regulation allows Albertans to make low-risk foods in their home kitchen for sale to the public, subject to certain restrictions and safe food handling.
Low-risk home-prepared foods can be sold from home (including online or mail-order sales) and special events, as well as from farmers’ markets, where they were sold previously. Special events are temporary events, such as craft fairs and festivals, and have their own set of rules in the regulation.
*Low-risk foods do not require refrigeration, such as baked goods, candies, whole fresh produce and some canned goods.
*These are NEW Food Regulations due to Covid-19