Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative
Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) supports projects in priority Lake Huron subwatersheds
There is continued financial support in 2017 for positive actions in the Lake Huron southeast shores watersheds through the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) Priority Subwatershed Project (PSP).
The PSP helps to implement and monitor agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in these priority areas. This project aims to determine how effective these practices are in terms of reducing environmental impacts and to evaluate these practices through a cost-benefit lens.
Special funding of up to 80 per cent cost-share is available for landowners who farm the Garvey Creek-Glenn Drain watershed and the Gully Creek (Bayfield North) watershed.
Eligible BMPs include: buffer strips, equipment modifications for precision nutrient placement, drainage water management, field nutrient management plans or crop nutrient plans, retirement of marginal farm lands, in-field erosion control structures, soil amendments, and field windbreaks or wind strips. Some actions are supported by per-acre incentives, including cover crop planting, phosphorus management, contour cropping and strip cropping, and conservation tillage.
This funding has been available since late 2015, and has allowed agricultural producers to implement a number of projects. Funding is almost allocated for the 2017-2018 program year, so if you are interested in participating please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation or Maitland Conservation immediately (1-888-286-2610 or 519-335-3557).
While the PSP is a small, highly targeted program, there are opportunities for farmers throughout Huron County. The Farmland Health Check-Up connects producers to an eligible Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) for a free, one-on-one assessment of farm management as it relates to soil health and water quality. At the end of the process the farmer will have built a stronger relationship with their CCA, and will understand some areas where management could be improved, as well as some strategies for achieving those improvements.
Other opportunities may be available, so please contact your local conservation authority for more information. In addition, there are several ongoing, GLASI-funded outreach activities in the area.
Funding for GLASI is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
GLASI is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).
To learn more visit: ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/glasi/