Education, Training, Assessment, and Planning

Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Producers who are interested in:

  • Conducting a farm-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Conducting commodity-specific plant health/pest risk assessments
  • Developing biosecurity procedures
  • Developing an integrated pest management plan or response plan for potential invasive pest introductions
  • Participating in:
    • Plant health/biosecurity workshops or training
    • Calibration and application workshops or training

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Costs of training and education from a third-party training institution or consultant on topics related to the adoption of national biosecurity standards or a commodity-specific risk management program
  • Certified Crop Advisor fees to provide:
    • A first-time assessment of facilities against national biosecurity standards or a commodity-specific plant health or pest risk assessment
    • A first-time assessment and production of a written report or plan that provides initial recommendations for implementing an integrated pest management plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Development of biosecurity procedures
  • Certified Crop Advisor fees may include:
    • Data collection, sampling and analysis
    • Preparation of a report and review with the producer
  • Planning and decision support tools (e.g., purchase of computer software necessary for risk management planning, aerial photos)
  • Maps and land resource information costs
  • Baseline laboratory testing for plant pests as part of an integrated pest management plan
  • Production of training or promotional material for workshops or training

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Training, materials and skills development projects that fulfill any academic requirements towards completion of a professional certificate, diploma or degree program
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Ongoing sampling and testing costs to maintain or monitor health or pest status
  • Routine sampling and analysis to determine annual requirements for crop nutrients or pest control (e.g., crop scouting, annual crop planning)
  • Repeat services for the same farm property
  • In-kind contributions

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Required documentation

  • Course outline detailing training to be provided, if applicable

Merit assessment criteria

  • Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards
  • Project provides increased capacity to manage and plan with regards to pest risk
  • Ability of project to increase the understanding of pest biology and pest risk management, especially related to current challenges faced, such as resistance management, spray drift, environmental stewardship and emergency planning

Other useful information

Plant Pest means any weed, nematode, arthropod (e.g., insect, mite, millipede, centipede, symphylan), mollusc or pathogen (e.g., fungus, bacterium, virus, viroid, phytoplasm) that can negatively impact or threaten agricultural crops

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Edit date: January 29, 2019

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Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca