New Entrants Assistance Program (NEAP)- Conventional (non-organic) dairy farming
The NEAP is currently closed until January 2020.
The goal of Alberta Milk’s New Entrants Assistance Program (NEAP) is to assist passionate, knowledgeable individuals and families to enter the dairy industry by alleviating some the costs of starting a dairy farm. This program accomplishes this goal by loaning a small amount of the province’s dairy quota to successful applicants to assist them in establishing a viable, sustainable dairy farm.
The New Entrants Assistance Program seeks to assist those who would not otherwise have the financial resources to enter the industry as viable, efficient dairy producers.
The criteria for being accepted into this program includes a combination of need for assistance and the likelihood that the applicant will be a successful, long-term participant in the dairy industry after the assistance provided by this program has expired.
Organic Entrants Assistance Program (OEAP)
The OEAP is currently open until two suitable applicants are found.
The goal of the OEAP is to attract up to two new organic producers into the industry.
The OEAP will follow all the guidelines and requirements of Alberta Milk’s current New Entrant Assistance Program (NEAP) with the following modifications:
- The application period is open effective immediately and will remain open until up to two (2) new organic producers have been accepted into the program.
- Submitted applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis, unlike the conventional NEAP where there is an application deadline with interviews and selection done once a year.
- Because organic producers have increased costs, participants in the OEAP will receive:
- a transition premium of $0.10 per litre of their milk for up to 3 years. OEAP participants will have up to 3 years to attain their organic certification. Failure to do so will result in being expelled from the program and losing all the benefits of the OEAP.
- 3kg of loaned quota for every 1kg bought through the Quota Exchange, up to a maximum of 25kg of loaned quota.
- As the organic market is a niche marketing opportunity, it is essential that milk pickup and deliveries are coordinated within the current specialized organic routes. Therefore, geographic farm location will also be part of the selection criteria, with the goal to minimize transportation costs.
You can view our Producer Policy Handbook, that contains our policies and procedures for further information about becoming a part of the dairy industry in Alberta.