As of April 1, 2018, producer's Alberta Environmental Farm Plans will have a renewal period.
We are the only province who doesn't renew the plan and the purpose of the renewal is to present a uniform front for Canadian agriculture.
Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Director, Paul Watson, says it will make Canadian agricultural products more competitive, but also more harmonizing.
"What we are evolving into at this point is a component of sustainable sourcing programs. What we'd like to do is harmonize across the country, so the external buyers in the world will be able to say, no matter where it is in Canada, you've covered these environmental components".
Watson adds, the online format of the Farm Plan is much easier to update. If producers switch to online formats, the renewal process should only take half an hour.
The organization is encouraging farmers to voice their opinions by completeing the survey on their website.