Program Background

Goals of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund

The $200-million On-Farm Climate Action Fund is an initiative to help farmers tackle climate change.  

The objective of the Fund is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of:

  • nitrogen management
  • cover cropping
  • rotational grazing practices

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is working solely on supporting the rotational grazing practices stream in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan provinces.  

The CFGA Approach

CFGA strongly focuses on forages and grasslands across Canada as a national organization.  We have been working with the leading researchers, educators and other active stakeholder groups in this sector.  Rotational grazing has many functions for both the environment and the family farm.  This program is centred on increasing the total acres under a rotational grazing system. 

To implement this program in various growing regions across Canada, the Advanced Grazing Systems program has a two-fold approach:

  • To provide you, the producer, access to funding to reduce possible financial challenges associated with trying or expanding the practice of rotational grazing in your operation.
  • To provide you, the producer, with information and resources so that you can implement rotational grazing as it makes sense for your operation.

Program Details

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association OFCAF Advanced Rotational Grazing Program is available to all agricultural producers in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan who want to develop or expand their rotational grazing practices. 

Producers can apply for projects up to $20,000 per year with a cost share of 70 program:30 producers of eligible project expenses.  Projects of a larger scale may be eligible for more than $20,000 on a case-by-case basis.  Email project details and scope to [email protected]

A total of $75,000 is available over the life of the program (combined total OFCAF funding from all sources).   

Applicants for the Advanced Grazing Systems program can be either individual producers, incorporated farms or partnerships in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.  To be eligible for funding, the applicant must be an agricultural producer and identified with CRA as such (have a GST #, minimum gross income).  Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Business number (BN) will be required, and payments will be issued under the appropriate name.  The name on the application must match the corresponding farm operation that matches CRA identification. 

Applicants should be aware that a portion of all approved projects will require follow-up site visits before project payment.  

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association have worked with TrustBix, an expert developer to provide a streamlined online application process for this program. All applications will be received through this system.  

Step 1 - Create an account
  1. Go to the IMPACT site.
  2. Click on the blue button that says "register"
  3. Provide your email and user name.
  4. In your email, confirm your account.  In some instances, you may find the email in your junk box.  Move the email to the main folder or inbox so that you will receive important updates in your primary email.
  5. Once confirmed, you should be able to log in to your account.
Step 2 - Set up your farm as an organization

To set up your farm as an organization you will need the following information:

  • legal name 
  • phone number
  • address 
  • city
  • province
  • postal code 
  • business number
  • advisor 
    *Please note that some of these fields are required and must be completed before an Organization can be registered. An Advisor will also need to be selected from the drop-down menu. 

Applications are accepted continuously until the program is fully subscribed to each province.  The status of remaining funding can be found on the CFGA website   Producers that start projects before receiving project approval will not be penalized for eligible expenses however, only costs incurred after the later of April 1st (of the current program year) or registration with the BixImpact registration system will be considered eligible.  Producers starting projects before receiving funding approval do so at their own risk.  Final applications will be eligible for funding if received before Jan 15th, and claims must be submitted before February 1st  of the program year. 

Eligible Expenses

The development of the advanced rotational grazing plan for your farming operation is the program’s foundation and a requirement to access further funding for implementing your Advanced Rotational Grazing Plan.  By developing a rotational grazing plan, you will have a clear idea of all associated aspects of your project.

Although not required, it is recommended that producers enrol and complete the series of modules of the Advanced Grazing Systems self-paced learning as an introduction to the foundation of the advanced rotational grazing practices and theory.   Proceeding through these modules will help you create a rotational grazing plan suitable for your operation.

Producers seeking additional assistance in developing an advanced rotational grazing management plan may do so with the guidance of a grazing mentor who is a P.Ag or CCA.  CFGA has a network of mentors trained to support the development of grazing plans if you need support in finding a person to assist you. Please contact Carlene at [email protected] to find out how to access funding for one-on-one support.

Fencing is integral to the implementation of the advanced rotational grazing plan to move livestock in a timely and controlled manner to achieve the desired grazing results.  There are several options for fencing available and working with a grazing mentor and within your desired management plans the best options can be presented in your application. 

Eligible Expenses
  • New fencing materials for the purpose of cross fencing can include wildlife-friendly fencing and temporary fencing. 
  • Fencers/energizers and all associated electric fencing supplies (ground rods, insulators, etc) are eligible as part of new fence construction. 
Eligible In-Kind Expenses
  • In-kind labour and equipment use (tractor & post pounder) are eligible and costs should come from your local/provincial published rate guide (custom & rental rate guides).
Ineligible Expenses
  • Used fencing materials
  • Livestock panels and Texas gates are not eligible. 
  • Perimeter fences do not qualify if construction is not aligned with the grazing plan. 
  • Removing or replacing old or existing fences is not an eligible project expense.
  • Ongoing regular maintenance is not eligible. 

Water is essential to any grazing plan and must be carefully considered when developing an advanced rotational grazing plan. 

Eligible Expenses
  • Livestock waterers and remote watering systems are eligible project costs as part of an advanced rotational grazing plan.
  • Remote watering systems that use renewable energy (solar & wind) are eligible
  • Wet wells, pipelines and trenching of waterlines
  • Winterized remote systems that serve the purpose of watering during the summer grazing season can be eligible. 
Non-Eligible Expense
  • Systems that use non-renewable energy (portable generators or gas-powered pumps) 
  • Trenching of power is not eligible. 
  • Trucks, trailers/ wagons and holding tanks are not eligible for funding unless incorporated into the remote water system unit.  

Producers are responsible for ensuring they have all required permits as they may apply to their watering system and overall advanced rotational grazing project.  It is up to producers to check with the local and provincial governments to ensure that they comply with any regulations. 

The composition of the forage in the grazing area can impact the emissions of greenhouse gases.  By improving the forage composition to low methane production forage species (such as alfalfa and sainfoin), we can benefit both grazing and the environment.  Forage species should be selected based on the recommendations of a Professional Agrologist in your area.  

Eligible Expenses
  • Seed and seeding costs are eligible under the program. 
  • Pastures with less than 25% legume content are eligible. If legume content is predominantly alfalfa, seed with red or white clover to avoid allelopathic effects. 
  • Activities to implement low methane pastures (increased alfalfa content, high quality forage and species containing tannin, such as sainfoin) 
Eligible In-Kind Expenses
  • In-kind seeding costs should be based on local/provincial published rate guides (custom & rental rate guides).   
Non-Eligible Expenses
  • Fertilizer and any chemical applications are not eligible.
  • The seed should be certified and not contain any noxious weed seeds.
  • Tags and seed documentation will need to be kept and submitted with the claim for verification.   
  • Eligible projects will be paid out on the seeding attempt. 
  • Ideally, the stand will be established however, even if it is not and the applicant has incurred expenses to carry out the project, those costs will be eligible. 
  • The seeding project is to be documented with geo-referenced photos to show prior and post pasture conditions and the seeding operation.