Building water infrastructure is important to the long-term success of any farm or ranch operation. The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) makes investments to support producers in developing secure and sustainable water sources—such as wells, dugouts and pipelines—for agricultural purposes. The program also supports well decommissioning.
FRWIP is a familiar program to many producers, with nearly 5,000 projects funded over the previous five years under Growing Forward 2. FRWIP has continued under the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) suite of programming that began in April of this year, with notable enhancements to improve program delivery.
Instead of seeking pre-approval for a dugout, well or pipeline project, producers self-assess their eligibility and apply for a direct rebate if they meet the criteria, reducing processing times. Part of the eligibility check is determining the environmental impacts of a dugout, pipeline or well location and obtaining any required regulatory permits or approvals. Producers are asked to complete the Rebate Eligibility Checklist.
In many instances where there are environmental concerns, such as with a dugout, choosing a different project location can help protect a species at risk. Projects that are located on environmentally sensitive areas may require additional considerations or modifications. This does not mean the project is ineligible; however, applicants who move forward with a project but do not meet the eligibility criteria or requirements will not receive a rebate.
Dugout, pipeline and well projects are cost-shared equally between the program and the producer, with the producer limit at $50,000 of eligible costs over the five years of CAP funding.
FRWIP will pay for 90 per cent of the eligible costs of decommissioning a well up to $10,000 per project. All well decommissioning projects require pre-approval.
For detailed program information, including eligibility criteria, requirements and application forms, visit saskatchewan.ca/cap or contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre toll-free at 1-866-457-2377.
This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of Agriview.