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2. How You Can Get Involved
What is the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)?
Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) are assessments voluntarily prepared by farm families to increase their environmental awareness in up to 23 different areas on their farm. Through the EFP local workshop process, farmers highlight their farm's environmental strengths identify areas of environmental concern, and set realistic action plans with time tables to improve environmental conditions. Environmental cost-share programs are available to assist in implementing projects.
The Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition is led by four main organizations:
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
Ontario Farm Animal Council
AgCare (Agricultural Groups Concerned About Resources and the Environment
EFP is delivered locally by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Technical expertise is provided by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
With over 35,000 participants since the program began in 1993, this internationally recognized program has been very successful in helping Ontario farmers adopt more environmentally sustainable practices.
History and Funding
The EFP Program began as a pilot project in 1993 in seven selected counties across Ontario. Funding for the pilot project was provided by the Land Management Assistance Program, under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Green Plan. Technical support was provided by OMAFRA. Farmers involved were asked "Would you recommend the EFP process to your neighbour?" Ninety-five percent said yes.
Between 1992 and 1997 funding for the EFP was provided through the Canada - Ontario Green Plan by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Between 1997 and April 2004, financial support was provided by AAFC through the CanAdapt program, administered in Ontario by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.
Between April of 2005 and March 31, 2008 funding was provided by AAFC and OMAFRA under the Agricultural Policy Framework, an agreement among federal, provincial and territorial governments. Now under the Growing Forward framework agreement, which replaces the Agricultural Policy Framework, AAFC and OMAFRA will support the continuation of EFP until March 31, 2013.
"Participate in the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Program and increase your awareness and knowledge, build competitiveness and strengthen your industry."
How Can You Get Involved with the Environmental Farm Plan?
Each step of the EFP process is voluntary. You may proceed as far as you wish.
Updated April 3, 2013