2016 Soil Health, Water Quality Cost-Sharing Now Available

The Farmland Health Incentive Program is into it’s second year this year.

It offers cost-share support for Best Management Practices that improve soil health and water quality.

FHIP is part of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative and is available to producers in the Lake Huron southeast shores watershed as well as those within the Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie watersheds.

The Best Management Practices are aimed at reducing phosphorous losses.

The first step is to complete a Farmland Health Check-Up, which is free through participating Certified Crop Advisors.

Only projects initiated after completing that check-up are eligible.

This year’s program has two new categories – managing and treating runoff water leaving agricultural land and implementing new lang management practices through the hiring of custom operators or rental equipment.

More details, including the application process, are available through the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s website.