Last week the federal government along with the province announced the start of Growing Forward 2, a multi-million dollar, five-year agreement to help Canada’s agri-food industry grow profits, expand its markets and manage risk.
This $2 billion project represents a 50 per cent increase to cost-shared funding between the federal government and provinces and territories.
Workshops and information sessions will be taking place in April and May to apprise the industry of the upcoming funding and how it will be delivered. Applications will open in June of this year.
Growing Forward 2 will continue where Growing Forward left off, focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development for Canadian producers and processors. In addition, there will be a new suite of business risk management programs to help farmers manage risk from market volatility and disaster situations. The federal programs being unveiled in GF2 will be aimed at three broad categories of AgriInnovation, AgriCompetitiveness and AgriMarketing.
Each province will run specific programs tailored to their markets and this is expected to meet regional needs with greater success. For more about programs and services being offered by your provincial or territorial government, visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s website.
Some examples of areas where funding is available would cover items such as energy audits, on farm management courses, succession planning and human resources and assessment. There will be funding assistance for project implementation as well, especially if the project applications relate to completed environmental farm plans or improving the competitiveness of the organization.
Lisa Brodeur is a quality assurance supervisor with 360 Energy.
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