LEADS – Equipment Modifications to Reduce Soil Compaction
Who should apply?
- Producers who use heavy wagons, manure spreading equipment, etc. where modifications to tire pressure could reduce soil compaction.
To apply you must:
- Have a verified complete 4th Edition EFP or a peer-reviewed 3rd Edition EFP
- Be located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
- Have a completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating Certified Crop Advisor
Eligible activities and expenditures:
- Inflation/deflation systems that reduce field tire pressure to well below the level rated by the tire manufacturers for on road travel
- New tires that have reduced operational tire pressure ratings compared to conventional bias or radial tires of the same size
- In-kind contribution to a maximum of $2,000
Ineligible activities and expenditures:
- All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed in the program requirements
- Annual services fees of any type
- Replacement of existing tires with the same technology or equivalent load carrying capacity
- Replacing existing tires with a wider tire without new technology
- Upgrades to tractors, combines, or spray equipment
- Self-propelled equipment
- Maintenance costs
- Warranties for equipment or components used to modify equipment
Cost-share per cent:
45, 55, 65 per cent
Maximum available cost-share per project:
- Certificate of completion for a 3rd Edition EFP or letter of verification for a 4th Edition EFP
Other useful information:
- Funding will be limited to the Medium Priority funding level
- Funding can be accessed only once for a single piece of equipment for the duration of the LEADS program
- An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding is available to successful producers who provide information (on the application form) which demonstrates that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of previously implemented BMPs
- Those applying with a 3rd Edition EFP will be required to update to a 4th Edition EFP prior to submitting a claim and receiving final project payment.
- The project being applied for must be identified as an action in the EFP, and effectively move a “1” or “2” rating to “3” or “4” (best) rating.
Edit date: December 13, 2018