Energy, Mines and Resources

Agriculture

Agri-Environmental Baseline Indicators (Data Collection)

The objective of this program is to create new, and reinforce existing, datasets of information for vegetation, soil, feed and water quality in agricultural areas and to determine the best areas to develop agriculture lands based on soil capability, arability and irrigability assessment.

This program also funds third-party scientific assessment of soils, habitat, hydrological and water quality functions for the purposes of having a project assessed under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) or to assist in obtaining required permits for an agricultural or agri-foods activity.

Eligible Activities

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • field work and associated data collection for vegetation, soil, water and feed surveillance and accredited third-party testing and analysis;
  • scientific assessments of soils, habitat, hydrological and water quality functions by a qualified third party for an agri-based project requiring an assessment under YESAA, or for an agribased activity requiring a permit such as a water license for irrigation; and 
  • irrigation suitability mapping for future irrigation of farm land and analysis of water source options for irrigation.

Eligible Applicants

Individuals, farm groups, cooperatives, non-profit organizations
and governments entering into a government permitting process
for an agricultural or agri-food activity that requires scientific
study and data collection.

Eligible Funding

For data collection projects, assistance may be provided for up to 50% of project costs for individuals if in-kind contributions are included in the application and up to 60% if there are no in-kind contributions, up to 75% of project costs for farm groups or cooperatives, and up to 100% of project costs for non-profit organizations and governments.

In most cases, the Yukon government will oversee the data collection.

For projects subject to assessment under YESAA or a government permitting process, assistance may be provided up to 50% of the cost of contracted environmental work to a maximum of $50,000 per project.

Contact Us:

Energy, Mines and Resources
Agriculture Branch
Phone: 867.667.5838
Fax: 867.393.6222
Email: agriculture@gov.yk.ca

Visit us on the 3rd floor, Room 320, of the Elijah Smith Building at 300 Main Street in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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