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Irrigation Environmental Efficiency Program

The Irrigation Environmental Efficiency Program supports improved energy and water efficiencies in irrigation systems. The program supports producers converting low efficiency or high pressure irrigation systems to high efficiency, low pressure irrigation systems.

Funding

Each eligible applicant can receive up to 30 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum program payment of $50,000.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for the rebate if:

  • You are a Saskatchewan agricultural producer (individual, partnership or corporation) or First Nations Band.
  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You file income tax demonstrating a minimum $50,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year of application or the year prior to the application.
  • Irrigate a minimum of 10 acres;
  • Have a valid Water Rights Licence issued by the Water Security Agency or a Water Service Agreement with a recognized Irrigation District; and

Producers who own, lease or rent property where livestock and poultry are grown, bred, kept, raised, displayed, assembled or disposed of require a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number.

The maximum amount that may be paid to an eligible applicant and to persons related to an eligible applicant will be subject to the program’s maximum funding cap. Related applicants include spouses, partners, relatives in the same residence or individuals/entities which have controlling interests in more than one operation.

Before You Apply

Modifications to pump sites may require approvals from the Federal Government (e.g. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and/or the Ministry of Environment and/or the Water Security Agency. All required approvals must be issued prior to submitting a program application.

Vegetable, greenhouse and fruit operation applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis exempting the requirement for minimum acreage.

Eligible Expenses

  • Purchase and installation of a new low pressure centre pivot or low pressure linear system for existing licensed irrigated acres when converting from gravity, or side-wheel irrigation systems.
  • Materials and installation for low pressure, high efficiency sprinklers, including:
    • Low pressure sprinkler nozzles;
    • Pressure regulators;
    • Pipe/hose extension/carts to provide low clearance;
    • Booms for low pressure application;
    • Delivery hose/pipe; and
    • Filters and emitters for trickle or drip systems.
  • Conversion from combustion engine to electric powered pumps (including installation of power).
  • Conversion from electric or combustion engine to wind or solar powered pumps.
  • End gun booster pumps and low pressure main pump replacement (when it has been demonstrated to the ministry's satisfaction that existing high pressure pumps cannot be converted to low pressure).
  • Purchase, modification and installation of fertigation equipment such as:
    • Injector pumps;
    • Associated installation materials; and
    • Liquid fertilizer storage tanks dedicated to the fertigation system.
  • Improving irrigation pump intake systems with new screens or shoreline modifications to protect the water source, including backflow prevention/check valves, repair of existing pump intake system and erosion control measures including the cost of earthwork for shoreline modification.
  • Purchase and installation of new Variable Rate irrigation equipment on new or existing irrigation systems.
  • Conversion of single speed electric irrigation pump motors to variable frequency drive motors, including related control systems.
  • Sprinkler control valves, complete with electrical and related components to control the individual sprinklers or groups of sprinklers.
  • Speed control system to vary the speed of the lateral allowing different water depths to be applied.
  • Electronic control panel including wiring and equipment to signal the control valves along the lateral length to apply the desired amount of water.
  • Lateral positioning system to locate the exact position of the lateral in the field so that the water can be applied in the appropriate places.
  • Soil and plant moisture monitoring equipment (e.g. soil and leaf moisture sensors) in conjunction with variable rate irrigation.
  • Flow monitors.
  • Remote communications technologies such as telemetry that communicates with the centre pivot panel.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses and activities include:

  • Projects commencing prior to Oct. 1, 2017.
  • Invoices not issued in the applicant's name.
  • Purchase and installation of irrigation systems for new irrigation development.
  • Drip irrigation systems for orchards and u-pick operations, unless converting from a sprinkler or flood system.
  • Costs associated with new irrigation development, including but not limited to:
  • Electric motors to replace existing electric motors to drive pumps.
  • Combustion engines to replace existing combustion engines to drive pumps.
  • Items considered regular repair or maintenance.
  • Modification of irrigation works not owned by the applicant (e.g. irrigation district works, city effluent works).
  • Taxes, financing fees, interest or legal fees.
  • Applicant/employee labour and administration costs.
  • Used and leased items or equipment. To be eligible, new items or equipment must be purchased from a recognized dealer.
  • In‐kind freight/mileage.
  • In‐kind materials such as rocks, sand, gravel or clay.
  • In-kind payment (e.g. trading) for third party services/supplies.
  • Materials from inventory.
  • Any submissions for rebate utilizing a third-party contractor must be from a contractor who is third-party arm’s length, or the submission will be considered to be utilizing in kind labour and original invoices for all materials will be required.

Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications for pre-approval for Irrigation Environmental Efficiency projects must be received on or before Aug. 1, 2022.

Projects must have started on or after October 1, 2017, and claim forms must be received the earlier of 18 months from written project approval or before Nov. 30, 2022.

After receiving the application, a pre-site inspection may be arranged with a Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation Specialist. Inspections may also be required once the project is complete.

Applicants will be notified if their project is approved. Costs should only be incurred by the applicant once final approval is received. Interim payments will not be issued.

Note: it is recommended that this application form is saved to your computer before entering in your information.

Download application form

Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
agprograms@gov.sk.ca
or
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK  S4S 0B1

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