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.
Activities may include, but are not limited to:
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.
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.
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