What is an Environmental Farm Plan?
The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is an education and awareness tool that helps farmers identify the agri-environmental assets and risks of his/her operation. Once the risks have been identified, an Action Plan is developed to address the risks and possible beneficial management practices are outlined.
Once the EFP is complete, producers can have their workbook reviewed and receive a Statement of Completion. Financial assistance to assist in executing beneficial management practice(s) is available with the condition that a copy of the Statement of Completion is included in the final claim process.
The EFP Process:
How to create your EFP and apply for funding
- Register for an EFP workshop. Producers are asked to register for virtual workshops 2 weeks in advance to allow time for their EFP Workbooks to be mailed to them.
- Workshop dates can be found here. Click on the link for the date of your choice to register.
- If you wish to complete your EFP and there are no workshops currently available, please send an email to ManitobaEFP@gov.mb.ca to be placed on a waiting list. If your needs are immediate, please send the email with “URGENT” in the subject line and you will be contacted personally
- Attend an online workshop. Workshops are being offered virtually at this time and are typically 2 hours in length. During the session you will receive guidance on how to complete your EFP workbook and have your questions answered.
- Complete the workbook. Completion of the workbook allows you to assess your entire farm operation for environmental risks and benefits and develop an action plan.
- Book a review. After completing your workbook, contact a reviewer directly to schedule your review. Click here for reviewer contact information or email KAP.
- Receive a statement of completion. After the reviewer has reviewed your workbook, KAP will issue you a Statement of Completion (SOC) certificate indicating you completed the EFP process.
For further information on EFP visit the MB Government’s website here.
Note: Application deadlines change throughout the year, please check the provincial website on a regular basis.
Below are the next steps you can take once your have completed your EFP:
- Implement your EFP action plan on your farm.
- Apply for beneficial management practices (BMP) funding. To apply for funding, visit the MB government website here.
- Get involved in a GROW project in your watershed district. For further details and eligibility visit the GROW website here.
- Participate in Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S) BMPs through your local Watershed District. Read more here: Province of Manitoba | agriculture – Ecological Goods and Services (gov.mb.ca) View Watershed District contact information here: wd_contacts.pdf (gov.mb.ca)
- Market your crop to ingredient purchasers by completing one of the optional EFP chapters on potatoes, peas, or horticulture.
EFP Farm Gate Signs are available to producers who have completed the Environmental Farm Planning Process. A copy of your Statement of Completion is required to obtain a sign. If you are interested in receiving a sign, please email ManitobaEFP@gov.mb.ca with “FARM SIGN” in the subject line and further arrangements will be made.