Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) encourages farmers to take advantage of funding for water and soil improvement projects on their land. Farmers can apply for grants of up to $25,000 through CVC’s Rural Water Quality Program.
“Good projects improve the health of the natural environment, but great projects do this while improving farm profitability,” said Mark Eastman, senior coordinator of agricultural outreach at CVC. “Great projects reduce fertilizer, pesticide, and tile drainage costs by revitalizing natural processes.”
The Rural Water Quality Program helps farmers protect their investments by improving soil and water health and wildlife habitat. The program provides funding for cover crop, erosion control structures, crop nutrient and pest management planning, manure management, livestock fencing, and well decommissioning and upgrade projects.
Funding is also available for tree planting and grassland, stream and wetland restoration projects. Farmers often undertake these projects in poor crop growing areas where major environmental benefits can be realized by building connections between natural areas on the farm.
Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be obtained by calling CVC’s Agricultural Outreach coordinator at 416-294-7335 or by sending an email to [email protected].
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt, and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River.