Equipment Modifications to Reduce Soil Compaction
Do you farm within the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds?
Check out if you qualify for cost-share for this activity under the LEADS program
Who should apply?
Producers who use heavy wagons, manure spreading equipment, etc. where reductions to tire pressure could reduce soil compaction.
To apply you must
- Have a Verified Complete 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
Have you completed an Environmental Farm Plan?
Having a verified complete 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan is required to apply for all Environmental Stewardship Project Categories. If you haven’t completed one, sign up online here.
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
Eligible activities and expenditures
- Inflation/deflation systems (central tire inflation 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 as compared to the currently used conventional bias or radial tires of the same size. The new tires must represent a significant improvement (reduced tire pressure)
- Tracks, if used on tag-along equipment
- In-kind contributions to a maximum of $2,000
Ineligible activities and expenditures
- 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, including new tires for this equipment
- Self-propelled equipment
- Maintenance costs
- Warranties for equipment or components used to modify equipment
- Purchase of air compressor units/ equipment
- All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
40 per cent, up to a maximum of $10,000
- A Certificate of Completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
Merit assessment criteria
- Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
- Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project
- Type of equipment (e.g., axle weight), and time of operation (e.g., spring when soil is wet)
- Number of acres benefiting
Other useful information:
An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding is available to successful producers who provide information on the application, which demonstrates that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of previously implemented Best Management Practices. For more information, click here.
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Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.
A farm business may have up to two (2) applications under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.
There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.
All completed applications received in a given Application Intake are evaluated after the Intake closes. (Exceptions may be noted in the Project Category Description.) Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.
Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. A merit-based application review process is used to allocate cost-share funds to projects.
Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.
Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.
You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.
*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road W, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2.
Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:
- Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
- Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.
- Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.
The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.
The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.
New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:
- File personal income taxes in Ontario
- Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
- Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
- Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
- Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying
If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.
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Edit date: March 22, 2019