Innovative Opportunity for Agriculture Producers
(ALUS) Program - The program is community-developed and farmer-delivered.
ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across Canada. ALUS was originally an acronym for “Alternative Land Use Services,” reflecting the concept that farmers can use their land in an alternative way to produce ecosystem services that benefit Canadians.
Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program works with farmers to produce valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland. Currently, 11 communities in Alberta partner with ALUS and Sturgeon County has an opportunity to collaborate with ALUS.
Before considering a Partnership Advisory Committee, we want to connect with producers to gauge the level of interest in this program.
How does it work?
ALUS works with farmers to establish ALUS projects that produce ecosystem services on marginal or environmentally sensitive agricultural land. ALUS provides per-acre annual payments to participants to recognize their dedication to managing and maintaining all the ALUS projects on their land.
Here are a few examples of the kind of projects ALUS funds:
- Projects for expanded riparian buffer zones that provide critical wildlife habitat and improve water quality.
- Projects for new, enhanced or restored wetlands that improve water quality and can protect communities against spring flooding and offset the impact of droughts.
- Projects for new, enhanced or restored native prairie that enhances natural grazing, haying options, and critical habitat for species at risk.
Does this sound like a program you’d be interested in? Fill out the short survey below providing important feedback to help us decide if pursuing a Sturgeon County ALUS program would be beneficial to our producers.