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LEADS – Fragile Land Retirement


Maximum of $20,000


LEADS – Fragile Land Retirement program was designed for producers with fragile lands, including severely eroded knolls and compacted headlands, that were annually cropped within the past two years. Applicants must demonstrate a long-term commitment (at least 15 years) to retiring land in order to access support. Projects will focus on taking fragile lands out of agricultural production and seeding to permanent vegetative cover.

Eligible Applicants

Producers who:

  • Verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • Proposed project located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
  • Completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating certified crop advisor or professional agrologist
  • Site sketch (hand-drawn or computer-generated) or AgMaps output showing the project location

Eligible Expenses

  • Seeding fragile land sites to permanent vegetative cover including establishing native trees or shrubs, native grasses or native wildflowers to stabilize sites
    • Site preparation
    • Purchase and planting of native or non-invasive introduced species of trees, shrubs, grasses, legumes or wildflowers
      • Tree planting techniques must adhere to practices that would typically be advocated by a professional forester
      • Total eligible costs for tree purchase and planting is capped at $50 per tree
    • Weed control system, including mulch
  • Activities that are designed to manage and treat runoff leaving agricultural land and reaching watercourses
    • Constructed wetlands that collect and treat tile drain water or surface waters from agricultural land before entering a watercourse or drain
    • Enhancing standing inlets to slow movement of water from field and increase infiltration time
    • Installing biofilters
    • Installing vegetated grass strips on the contour to reduce velocity of water flow and increase infiltration
  • In-kind contributions

Deadline Date

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Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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