Accepting applications: April 3, 2023
The Farm Technology Program supports the adoption of innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste, optimizes farm efficiency, and encourages the adoption of best management practices in farm security. The program will enable primary producers to better anticipate and manage risks, while reducing environmental impacts and protecting their farm.
Innovative data systems are transforming modern agriculture and technology and connectivity are advancing risk management, optimizing efficiencies and securing property. As farms progress from sensors that collect digital information through software that processes vast amounts of data to automated tasks, producers save time and money and gain a competitive advantage.
This program provides financial incentives on new technologies that are commercially available and already demonstrated under Alberta conditions. To be eligible for funding, the program targets technology that is proven but not yet widely adopted within an applicant’s farm type.
The Farm Technology Program has 2 streams:
- Farm Technology Stream – supports adoption of innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste and optimizes farm efficiency.
- Farm Security Stream – supports producers in their efforts to secure business assets by encouraging the adoption of best management practices in farm security.
Eligible expenses will be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant.
An applicant must:
- be a Primary Producer
- be responsible for input costs for a crop, bee, or livestock operation that produces at least $25,000 worth of farm commodities annually
- not be a landlord whose only interest in a crop, bee, or livestock operation is ownership of the land, and either:
- have a valid and current Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) certificate or completion letter, or
- obtain their EFP certificate or completion letter before the end of the Project Term
The province is committed to supporting the success of Indigenous businesses in the agriculture and food sector. We understand that Indigenous businesses may have distinct characteristics reflective of regulatory, operational, cultural and other factors affecting their business history and operation. We aim for flexibility in our programs. If you are interested in applying for the program but have questions about the application process or eligibility requirements, contact program staff at [email protected]
See the Farm Technology Program Funding List (PDF, 510 KB) for eligible expenses.
See the Farm Technology Program Funding list for ineligible expenses.
Before you apply
Funding is not guaranteed until your application has been approved. You may proceed at your own risk. If your application is not approved, you will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with your project.
All expenses incurred prior to April 1, 2023 are ineligible.
To be reimbursed for expenses, successful applicants must include all of the following:
- Invoices must be under the Legal Name stated on your application.
- Invoices must be dated after April 1, 2023.
- You must be able to provide proof of payment (processed cheque, credit card statement) for all invoices, and proof of payment must be under the legal name on your application.
- Cash payments will not be eligible unless accompanied by an official company voucher and proof of payment.
- Leased items must show that they have been paid in full by the applicant; that is, the applicant has reimbursed the financial institution that the lease is through and must show proof of this transaction.
- Barter or exchange transactions are not eligible.
- Transactions between persons related by blood, marriage, adoption, common-law relationships, or close-business ties are not eligible.
How to apply
Step 1. Check your eligibility
Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Farm Technology Program Terms and Conditions (PDF, 485 KB).
Confirm that the proposed activities are eligible by reviewing the Farm Technology Program Funding List (PDF, 510 KB).
Step 2. Complete application form
Complete and sign the Farm Technology Program Application form (PDF, 1.1 MB).
Step 3. Submit application form
Submit the completed Application Form and supporting documents by:
Send PDF applications only to: [email protected]
Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Farm Technology Program
Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation
Suite 303, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6
What happens next
- If you email your application: you will be notified by email reply that your application has been received.
- If you mail your application: you will be notified by telephone that your application has been received.
- If your application is missing information: you will be notified via email or telephone and asked to submit the missing information.
You will be notified within 5 weeks of receipt of a complete application if your application for funding has been approved or not approved.
- Ministerial Grants Regulation
- Farm Technology Program Terms and Conditions (PDF, 485 KB)
- Farm Technology Program Funding List (PDF, 509 KB)
- Farm Technology Program Approval Letter Grant Terms (PDF, 521 KB)
- Farm Technology Program Approval Letter template (PDF, 663 KB)
- Farm Technology Program Application form (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Farm Technology Program fact sheet (PDF, 423 KB)
Connect with the Farm Technology Program team:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276) (in Alberta)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)
Email: [email protected]
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Any personal information that is provided to the Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Partnership (Sustainable CAP) will be used for the purpose of determining and assessing the applicant’s eligibility to apply for funding under Sustainable CAP and also to support ongoing evaluation of the Sustainable CAP.
Any personal information collected is in accordance with section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act) (RSA 2000,C.F-25) and will be protected under Part 2 of the Act.
The personal information may be disclosed to the Federal Government for the purpose of administration and evaluation of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership framework.
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