What is SAP?
The Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP) is GET Corp.'s program for Canadian dairy farmers. Through SAP, farmers can convert on-farm wastes to renewable natural gas (RNG) while creating a nutrient dense fertilizer that can be used on farm. The production of RNG, through anaerobic biodigesters, replaces fossil fuels in the pipeline. The RNG is collectively sold into the market for a return shared by farmers.
Is this a mandated program?
No, this is not a mandated program. Farmers can participate if interested.
How is GET Corp. related to DFC and/or any other milk marketing boards?
GET Corp.'s Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to support DFC's net zero by 2050 goal by providing an avenue for producers to impact their sustainability efforts. DFC and/or provincial milk marketing boards do not have any financial or management involvement with GET Corp. GET Corp. is a grassroots initiative.
Do I need to build a biodigester on my farm to participate in SAP?
No, you can be a “participant” in SAP which means that you simply provide your organics to GET Corp. and we will transport them to a nearby plant. As a participant, you will still receive digestate and a financial return. Please refer to the various ways you can be involved in SAP here.
Can I co-own a plant with one or more other farms?
Yes, multiple farms can co-own a plant. More details about plant ownership will be provided as the program rolls out.
How long does the construction of a plant take?
The construction of a plant will take approximately 9 months. The pre-construction process varies depending on your farm site. The typical breakdown is below:
- Months 1-3: site prep
- Months 4-6: construction
- Months 7-9: plant commissioning
As a host farm or plant owner, would I be responsible for securing the organics from neighbouring farms?
No, this is GET Corp.’s responsibility. See the next question for more details.
How will the transportation of organics be coordinated from participating farms to plants?
All farms that participate in SAP will be grouped into various regional “hubs.” Each hub will have at least one plant and GET Corp. will coordinate the transportation of organics from participant farms to plants within the hubs. Each hub will have a service team and a Hub Manager, who you will work closely with.
Do the biodigesters take in off-farm organic waste as feedstock?
No, only on-farm organic waste will be used as feedstock. This ensures that the RNG produced is of D3 quality. D3 gas is better quality and a highly desirable commodity in the market.
After I register, what can I expect?
You will be kept informed about further information regarding the program and important dates of when you can sign-up.
By registering, am I committing to anything?
No, registration just allows GET Corp. to send you important information about the program rollout details. When GET Corp. begins building biodigesters in your province, you can then choose to participate.
What are the next steps of GET Corp.’s rollout?
In the next few months, we will be sharing more information with dairy farmers and looking for dairy farmers to sign-up as a participant, host, or plant owner for the biodigesters that are planned to be built in 2023-24.