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Agriculture Related Project Funding 

Mountain View County recognizes the need for funding Agriculture Related Projects to serve the needs of the County's Agricultural population. The Agricultural Service Board (ASB) has a grant program for Agricultural Related Projects that support Agricultural development through education, youth engagement, events and other related projects. This funding is available to groups, associations or non-profit societies that have been in existence for at least two years and operate within Mountain View County.

Requests must be made in writing and include a statement describing the Agricultural related project and the benefit it will provide. The approved funding may be used for education, supplies, contracted services, scholarships, sponsorship, equipment, installation and site preparation.

All funding applications will be forwarded to an ASB Meeting for review for funding consideration. Additional information and/or a presentation may be requested. Please click the following links for more information for the Application FormPolicy #6306 and Procedure #6306-01.

Requests for Agriculture Related Project Funding must be made in writing to the Agricultural Service Board at Mountain View County, Postal Bag 100, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0.

Application (Word): Applications no longer available for 2017

Once the annual approved budget is spent for Agriculture Related Projects no more projects can be funded for that budget year.

4-H Youth Leadership and Development Funding

Mountain View County is offering funding for local 4-H groups, to go towards Youth Leadership and Development. We are offering $100.00 to each club that submits a written letter request from one of the youth members that includes a brief summary of the 4-H Club, how the funding will contribute to the annual public speaking event or other applicable activity. This program is offered year round, pending budget approval, and does not require an application form.

Riparian and Ecological Enhancement

Mountain View County together with the Alberta Conservation Association has funding available for riparian and ecological enhancement projects, maximum $5,000.00 is available:

  • Permanent riparian fencing
  • Off-site watering systems
  • Creek crossings
  • Purchase of native seed, shrubs and or trees to plant around riparian areas

Watch the Mountain View Gazette and the County website for funding availability, program runs while funding is available.

Mountain View County completes a riparian health assessment in the initial project completion year and five (5) years after for all funded projects to measure the success of the program.

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Funding Process:

The County's Sustainable Agricultural Specialist will come to each applicant's property to do a pre-project environmental health assessment and to gather pictures of the project area. All projects will be rated on the significance of their environmental impact by agricultural staff. A presentation of all the project applications will be put together and reviewed at an Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Meeting. The ASB will decide on the funding allocation. Applicants will be contacted and a contract will be made up between Mountain View County and the landowner.

Benefits of protecting your riparian area are:

  • Improved water quality
  • Clean drinking water
  • Safer Water
  • Increased biodiversity of plants and animals
  • Increased amount of healthy native vegetation and a reduced amount of invasive and disturbance species
  • Reduced erosion
  • Riparian areas trap sediment
  • Store nutrients and contaminants
  • Healthy livestock
  • More wildlife and fish habitat

For more information contact Lorelee Grattidge, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, at 403-335-3311 ext. 163 or email lgrattidge@mvcounty.com.

ALUS

Mountain View County has entered into a partnership with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) to manage and deliver a community-led, producer-delivered environmental projects, utilizing the ALUS program model to establish demonstrations projects, with a focus on the conservation, restoration, protection or enhancement of wetlands.

“Farmer and ranchers know best what parts of their land can produce food and fiber, and what lands can produce ducks, wildlife, cleaner air and water, and other public benefits.” Jonathan Scarth, Senior VP, Delta Waterfowl

The ALUS programs pays farmers to retain and reconstruct natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands, riparian areas and treed areas that benefits include habitat for fish and wildlife including waterfowl, species at risk and native pollinator insects, cleaner air and water, and sustainable food production on working landscapes.

A call for applications has been launched for potential projects with a wetland focus. Producers interested in converting marginal cropland including areas around bogs, swamps, marshes or shallow open water, areas of saline soil, into tame forages or native prairie mixtures should contact should consider making an application under the program for funding. As well as those wanting to fence off wetlands or riparian areas or interested in enhancing these areas with native grasses, trees and shrubs or the protection of native stands should contact Lorelee Grattidge the Sustainable Agricultural Specialist with Mountain View County at 403-335-3311 ext 163 or via email at lgrattidge@mvcounty.com

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has projects throughout five provinces, their goal is to create a healthy landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians. For more information on ALUS please visit their website: http://alus.ca/

Information Links

Country Pasture/Forage Resource Profile

Canada Pasture/Forage Resource Profile

3D Fencing: Keeping Wildlife Away

Wildlife Friendly Fences

Workshop Materials

Mountain View County Agricultural Services department hosts and participates in a number of worshops and sessions that provide interesting information to our agriculture community.

Check below for links to materials provided at these workshops. Please note, some materials may not be made available by presenters or organizers for publishing at the County website.

 

Farm Energey Management Workshop - hosted by Rocky View County & MVC March 15, 2017

Salinity Causes & Cures Workshop - hosted with Grey Wooded Forage Association April 7, 2016 -  http://www.greywoodedforageassociation.com

Winter Feed Workshop - hosted September 15, 2015