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Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) Stewardship

Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) Stewardship

Please be aware that this program area has more applications than available funding for the remainder of Growing Forward 2; as such, the Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program will be closed to applications as of February 15, 2017.

Any application received after February 15, 2017 will be returned. If you still wish to submit an application prior to the deadline of February 15, 2017, you should be aware of the following:

  • There is no guarantee that funding will be available for your project if you submit an application before the deadline.
  • If you choose to proceed with your project after your application has been received by the program area, and no additional funding becomes available prior to March 31, 2018, your application will not be approved and expenses incurred for your project will NOT be eligible for Growing Forward 2. Should Growing Forward 2 be renewed in 2018, any project partially or fully completed will NOT qualify for the new funding program.


Terms & Conditions

Funding List

*Print and complete all Application Forms by hand*

Application Form - Activity Code 400 - Engineering Innovation

Application Form - Activity Code 401- Engineering Investigation

Application Form - Activity Code 402 - Surface Water Management

Application Form - Activity Code 403 - Livestock Pen Reconstruction

Application Form - Activity Code 404 - Manure Storage

Application Form - Activity Code 405 - Relocation of a CFO

Application Form - Activity Code 406 - Liquid/Solid Separation

Application Form - Activity Code 407 - Composting

Application Form - Activity Code 408 - Application of Manure

Application Form - Commercial Manure Applicator

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Program description

This program helps Alberta livestock operations and commercial manure applicators assess their potential risk to water quality and make improvements to minimize that risk, benefitting their business and the environment.

The Growing Forward 2 Confined Feeding Operation Stewardship Program helps the industry in three key areas.

  1. Less agricultural impact on water quality: The program funds improved infrastructure that reduces the risk of agricultural contaminates entering water sources. This boosts the economic viability of the industry while responding to public demand for good environmental practices.
  2. Improved business outcomes for livestock producers and commercial manure applicators: The program enables producers and commercial manure applicators to make informed business decisions that take into account economics and the environment. This ensures that sustainable business decisions can be made that support future efficiency and profitability.
  3. Improved market opportunities: The program helps producers with confined feeding operations, regardless of age, meet the present day legislated environmental standards. This demonstrates that the livestock industry is adaptive and resilient and can grow in an environmentally responsible manner.

Who can participate?

  • Individuals or businesses that own and operate a confined feeding operation in Alberta. The operation must have completed either an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) or a CFO site assessment prior to applying for funding. The operation must also have a Premises ID number.
  • Commercial Manure Applicators. The business must have participated in and completed the Commercial Manure Applicators Workshop hosted by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) in order to be eligible for funding through this program.
  • In lieu of the workshop, applicants could participate in the Manure Management Update 2017 conference organized by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry that was held January 16, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta. A registration fee must be paid to be considered a registered participant. If the conference was attended in lieu of the workshop, proof of conference registration MUST BE submitted with a “Commercial Manure Applicator” application to be eligible for funding through this program.


Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) is an agricultural operation where poultry or livestock are confined for the purposes of growing, finishing or sustaining by means other than grazing and does not include a breeding herd.

  • Examples of a CFO include: beef or lamb feedlot, cattle backgrounding lot, dairy, farrow to finish hog operation, layer barn, turkey operation, broiler breeder barn.


Commercial Manure Applicator means an individual or registered corporation that is in the business of providing the farm level service of field application of manure to livestock producers in Alberta.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Refer to the Funding List for a complete list of eligible projects. Examples of eligible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • engineering investigations to determine natural site characteristics such as slope, subsoil structure and depth to water table,
  • engineering assessments to evaluate potential solutions that will improve manure management or address environmental risks,
  • run-on and run-off controls,
  • manure storage facilities that increase capacity to the required 9 month minimum,
  • livestock facility relocation away from creeks, streams or other water bodies,
  • renovation of livestock facilities that existed prior to 2002,
  • solid liquid separation or composting equipment,
  • more eligible projects will be listed on the Funding List.


Construction of an entirely new livestock facility is not eligible for funding. Please contact the program coordinator if you have questions.

How are costs shared?

The program covers 50% of eligible costs for most project categories. Some categories are funded at 70% or 30%.

If you are a Confined Feeding Operation: The program provides a maximum of $100,000 per confined feeding operation based on Premise ID number, though some categories have project maximums between $15,000 and $70,000. Plus, there is the opportunity to receive an additional $100,000 for approved projects under Activity Code 400 – Innovative Stewardship Solutions. Refer to the Funding List and the Terms and Conditions for more details.

If you are a Commercial Manure Applicator: The program provides a maximum of $70,000 and you are only eligible to apply for projects under Activity Code 408. Refer to the Funding List and the Terms and Conditions for more details.

How do you start?

You must complete one of the pre-requisites prior to submitting an application.

CFO Operator

Option 1 – a CFO Site Assessment with a qualified AF staff member. Please phone 310-FARM(3276) to be put in contact with a CFO Extension Specialist in your area.


Option 2 – an Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). The Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) delivers the EFP in Alberta. For local assistance in completing an EFP please call 780-612-9712.

Commercial Manure Applicator Pre-requisite:

Completion of the Commercial Manure Applicator Workshop hosted by AF.

Do you have other questions?

Refer to the Program Frequently Asked Questions (Program FAQs) in the right hand menu, or contact the program coordinator at 780-427-3908.


You may also be interested in …

Program Contact

Shivani Tarksis

(780) 427-3908

Links & Other Resources

Agricultural Operation Practices Act

Natural Resources Conservation Board

Relocation of Livestock Facilities Planning Guide

Program FAQs

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