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Following a successful launch and high interest in the Local Food Fund program, the program is under review to ensure that it continues to provide effective support for the agri-food sector.

Following the close of Intake 5 on June 30, the Local Food Fund program will be temporarily paused, as there is a review of its design, in consultation with stakeholders. The review will provide an opportunity to explore the best way to move forward with the fund, achieve its objectives, and its alignment with other ministry funding programs and objectives.

As of July 1, 2014, no new applications will be accepted until the program renews its operations.

Applications from Intake 5 will be reviewed under the parameters of the current program.

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Taken From FCC Express, by Allison Finnamore

Smartphone usage is up amongst Canadian farmers, according to a recent Farm Credit Canada Vision panel survey.

Three-quarters, or 76 per cent, of the 843 people surveyed, now own a smartphone. The survey results have a margin of error of 3.37 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The study also indicates a growing willingness of producers to try new technologies sooner, rather than wait until they become well-established. Over one quarter — 26 per cent — say they are the first amongst their peers to try new technology. Three years ago, 16 per cent of producers surveyed felt they would be first amongst their peers to try new technology.

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An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2014, a report released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), shows the strength of the agriculture and agri-food sector’s contribution to Canada’s economy.

Using historical data up to 2012, the Overview shows that the farm and food sector displayed robust performance in 2012, enjoying high farm income levels, strong market receipts, stable profit margins, and increased export sales.

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