Farm Credit Canada’s Sustainability Incentive Program is once again open to applicants in partnership with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and McCain Foods.
Through the program, eligible cattle producers and potato growers receive incentive payments through the CRSB certification initiative and the McCain Foods potato growers’ framework for increasing the adoption of sustainable practices in their operations.
Incentive payments are calculated on a portion of a customer’s lending through FCC.
Under the program, producers must continue to meet the requirements and certification of their respective programs in order to receive the annual incentive payment.
CRSB chair Ryan Beierbach says the program partnership has been pivotal to the growth of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework over the past year.
"We’ve seen increased interest and retention in CRSB certifications and as a producer myself, I am proud of FCC acknowledging beef producers’ commitment to sustainable production."
For potato growers, McCain Foods provides matching incentive payments to eligible producers through the program and guides producers on their sustainability journey.
McCain Foods has a goal to implement sustainable agricultural practices across 100 per cent of its potato acreage worldwide by 2030.
Daniel Metheringham, McCain Food’s vice-president of agriculture says as a global leader in the food industry, McCain Foods is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture practices.
"We are proud to work in partnership with FCC to incentivize and support farmers in their transition to regenerative agriculture. This collaboration exemplifies our shared commitment to creating programs that foster environmental stewardship, improve farm resilience, and build a more sustainable future for our communities and our planet."
Anyone who applied to the program in 2022 and new eligible applicants can now apply for this year's program.
More information and 2023 application forms can be found here.