Agriculture & COVID-19: Special Section
During this time of uncertaintly a number of organizations and agencies have put out information and learning opportunities for producers to consider in light of COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on agricultural activities in Mountain View County, Alberta and Canada. Please take time to check some of these resources out.
Check back often as we endeavour to update this information.
Federal response for Canada's farmers
Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19:
COVID-19 and the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions
The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are publishing information about COVID-19 and how it pertains to wheat and barley producers in the province on their respective blogs:
Register for the Feeding Growth (Open Farm Days) Webinars
Registration for Feeding Growth 2020: Enhancing Your Open Farm Days Experience webinars on March 31, 2020 and April 6, 2020 is now open.
Each webinar is open to farms, communities and anyone interested in developing agri-tourism. The Open Farm Days team will explore local marketing, media and culinary for a full day of exploration and discussion around creating exceptional experiences for your visitors.
The morning portion of each webinar focuses on what’s involved when adding culinary events to your farm - from small samplings to long table events. Participants will also get first-hand advice from experts in the “ask a chef” session.
The afternoon portion will shift to marketing strategies and insights on social media and digital marketing, as well as learning best practices for event marketing.
The eighth annual Open Farm Days takes place August 15 and 16 across the province. These webinars replace the in-person workshops that were originally to take place on those dates.
Recommendations for Canadian cattle sales during COVID-19
The Beef Cattle Research Council has compiled a list to assist with guidance regarding COVID-19 and cattle sales.
Working on the Farm and COVID-19
The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council is compiling the latest news, information and tips about COVID-19 and how it can relate to your farm and your workers.
Farm Credit Canada COVID-19 updates and resources
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) continues to compile a list of COVID-19 resources for farmers and producers.
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 link for more information: Policy #6306.
Requests for Agriculture Related Project Funding must be made in writing to the Agricultural Service Board.
- 2020 Applications for Agriculture Related Project Funding (Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020)
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 (REEP)
Mountain View County together with the Alberta Conservation Association has funding available for riparian and ecological enhancement projects, with a maximum of $5,000 per project available. Potential projects include:
- 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.
Click here for:
- Riparian and Ecological Enhancement Program Policy and Procedure
- Riparian and Ecological Enhancement Project Application (2020)
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 email@example.com.
Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)
Mountain View County has a successful partnership with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Canada (a Weston family initiative) to manage and deliver community-led, producer-delivered environmental projects, utilizing the ALUS program model to establish demonstration projects, with a focus on the conservation, restoration, protection or enhancement of wetlands.
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 is once again underway in 2020 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, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist with Mountain View County, at 403-335-3311 ext 163 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
To apply for ALUS program funding use the below application:
- ALUS 2020 Funding Application (Same as REEP application)