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Growing Forward 2 – Application deadlines

  • Capacity Building Funding Assistance for Processors and Producers closes March 31, 2015.
  • Capacity Building applications (requests under $20,000) for Organizations and Collaborations will be accepted by the Agricultural Adaption Council until March 31, 2015.
  • The 2014 application period for GF2 Implementation Funding Assistance for Producers and Processors is now closed.
  • The Implementation and Capacity Building (requests $20,000 and over) application intake for Organizations and Collaborations closes April 23, 2015.

 

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Growing Forward 2 Application Deadlines

Producers and Processors:

The next Implementation Application Intake for producers and processors will open on November 10, 2014 and close on December 11, 2014. Please note that the Capacity application stream is still open.
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Organizations and Collaborations:
The final 2014 Growing Forward 2 (GF2) application deadline is October 16, 2014. The 2015 deadlines will be available on the AAC website mid-December.

Before submitting an application to the AAC, organizations and collaborations should first review the Capacity Building and Project Implementation program guides. Next, AAC encourages applicants to complete a pre-proposal and submit it to: info@adaptcouncil.org. Full GF2 applications are due on the deadline dates listed on the AAC website. Capacity building funding requests $20,000 and under are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed within 20 business days.

Click here for further GF2 information and to access application templates. Applicants are encouraged to download the most recent version of the templates from the AAC website prior to starting a new application.

Click here to see the listing of the AAC approved GF2 projects.

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Farm Management Canada eligible to receive over $4 million to strengthen producers’ business skills. Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced a five-year investment of over $4 million to Farm Management Canada (FMC) to help them strengthen producers’ business skills and build farm management capacity. FMC will use the funding to enhance farm business management knowledge and skills development in Canada by delivering leading-edge resources and tools through various print and online channels and by working with industry and provinces/territories to identify and fill gaps in farm business development information and resources. This investment is made through Growing Forward 2’s (GF2) AgriCompetitiveness Program, a five-year, $114.5-million initiative, which includes a combination of government initiatives and funding for industry-led projects. Support is directed to not-for-profit organizations operating nationally in Canada whose proposed projects are national in scope and which support and complement the GF2 cost-shared adaptability and industry capacity program objectives.

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Guelph, Ontario, February 12, 2014 – Utilizing funds provided through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors has approved 111 projects, totaling over $7.9 million in funding, to benefit Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry.

These projects are part of the Organizations and Collaborations stream of GF2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and the Ontario Farm Innovation Program (OFIP) of GF2, which the AAC delivers in Ontario.

The 49 approved projects for Ontario organizations and collaborations, with over $5.2 million in investments, will provide Ontario agriculture, agri-food and agri-products organizations with funding to innovate and improve competitiveness. For example, these investments will:
•    Assist Beef Improvement Ontario in their efforts to bring an inventory control solution to Ontario processing plants and value chains. Two information management systems; bioTrack and a new in-plant system, Food Inventory, Tracking and Sales (FITS), will ensure these systems meet the needs of Ontario processors, and will  bridge in-plant information captured through FITS with the on-farm information captured through bioTrack.

•    Help Vineland Growers’ Co-Operative Ltd., in collaboration with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, develop a comprehensive marketing plan to introduce the Sundown pear variety into the Canadian grocery retail trade. This marketing plan will focus mainly on packaging, consumer education, consumer awareness building, point of sale materials, and retailer outreach. The goal is to ensure that the pear variety is well received by Ontario consumers,  and that it returns a premium to all partners in the value chain, including the retailer and the grower.

•    Support Equine Guelph in the implementation of a Code of Practice through awareness, education and pilot programs using innovative, comprehensive, user-friendly platforms designed for horse caregivers.  These tools will  assist in keeping horses healthy on a daily basis and ensure the use of proper identification techniques.

The 62 OFIP projects, totaling investments of over $2.7 million, will support on-farm innovation and broader adoption of innovative technologies. Two of these projects include:
•    The Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario’s efforts to evaluate an innovative method of applying insecticide to carrots at seeding. This project will test which insecticides will be effective and what rates to use. If successful, this innovation will improve insect control with lower rates of insecticide and pose a reduced risk to non-target organisms.

•    The Ontario Forage Council’s assessment of crop species, nitrogen fertility and forage maturity impacts on forage yield and feed quality of double cropped cereals planted after winter wheat, soybeans or corn silage. If successful, this project will address forage supply constraints, increase producer returns and provide significant environmental benefits.

“Through Growing Forward 2, our Government provided provinces with the flexibility needed to help producers seize future opportunities and respond to challenges,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Continued support for industry-led projects will ensure agriculture continues to be a productive and profitable sector of the Canadian economy.”

“GF2 gives Ontario producers and processors the tools and resources they need to innovate, remain competitive and boost market development. These projects complement our Agri-food Growth Plan. Their impact goes beyond the farm gate or the factory door – they provide economic benefit to all of Ontario.”

-Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

For a complete list of GF2 and OFIP projects click here.

Organizations and Collaborations can continue to access funding through GF2 for:
– Capacity Building through strategic planning, training, audits or assessments; and,
– Project Implementation for projects that focus on the environment and climate change, animal and plant health, market development, labour productivity enhancement, assurance systems, and business and leadership development.

Learn more about Growing Forward 2:
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

GF2 is a comprehensive federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. The AAC assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

“The AAC is a client-driven organization. AAC staff work with applicants and assist them through all aspects of the funding application process, and support them until their project is complete,” says Kristin Ego MacPhail, AAC Chair. “All projects are reviewed by the AAC board of directors within 6 to 8 weeks of receipt.  In addition, capacity building applications of $20,000 or less can be submitted to the AAC at anytime and will be reviewed within ten business days. Our goal is to foster the ideas of Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industry into realities.”

The AAC is based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and is a leader in program delivery. The AAC is a not-for-profit organization that is made up of 69 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. The AAC board of directors review all applications and make the final funding decisions.

For More Information Contact:
Nadine Armstrong
Manager of Communications and Industry Relations
Agricultural Adaptation Council
narmstrong@adaptcouncil.org
519-822-7554, ext. 29

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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and bioproduct businesses, collaborations and organizations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks

Important Dates:
Capacity Building Funding Assistance – ongoing intake from all eligible clients

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for producers
•    December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014
•    April 1, 2014 to May 1, 2014
•    August 4, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    November 10, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for processors
•    December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014
•    February 3, 2014 to May 1, 2014
•    May 5, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    September 1, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Implementation Funding Assistance intakes for organizations and collaborations
•    December 12, 2013 to January 31, 2014
•    January 31, 2014 to March 13, 2014
•    March 14, 2014 to April 1, 2014
•    April 2, 2014 to June 3, 2014
•    June 4, 2014 to August 28, 2014
•    August 29, 2014 to October 16, 2014
•    October 17, 2014 to December 11, 2014

Areas of Focus for GF2 Funding Assistance
Producers, organizations and collaborations can apply for funding assistance in six focus areas, with an emphasis on innovation:
•    Environmental and Climate Change
•    Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
•    Market Development
•    Animal and Plant Health
•    Labour Productivity Enhancement
•    Business and Leadership Development

Capacity Building Funding Assistance
Cost-share is available to support eligible clients to acquire additional skills, to undertake in-depth assessments and audits, and to develop business plans.

Building capacity helps prepare clients to apply for further cost-share to implement a project.  Applications for capacity building funding assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Some examples of Capacity Building activities are:
•    Cost-share fees for qualified consultants (e.g. Professional Engineer) to conduct an assessment.
•    Produce a written report and plan that provides recommendations for implementing improved irrigation and fertigation management BMP’s (e.g. field and greenhouse operations).
•    Energy Use Assessment for existing farm buildings that will reduce the dependency on power and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
•    Prevention plan for Wildlife Damage – help reduce crop, livestock or property damage caused by managed wildlife species.
•    Market Assessment, Marketing Plan, Communication Material Design.
•    Integrated Pest Management Planning.
•    Cost of Production Assessment.
•    Succession Plans, Expansion Plans, Human Resources Plan, Business Plan.

Implementation Funding Assistance
Clients may be eligible for cost-share for projects that help to achieve their business goals.  Applications for project implementation will be reviewed and assessed based on merit. Having a detailed business and/or workplan, budget and applicable permits and approvals in place prior to submitting an application will increase your success in securing cost-share.

Individual farm businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the five-year program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)

Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a free capacity building workshop such as the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (New 4th edition) and Growing Your Farm Profits workshop.

Please visit the GF2 website at: www.ontario.ca/growingforward2

You can access a full listing of programs and services for Ontario farmers
•    on the website at www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/progserv.htm or
•    by calling the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1.877.424.1300 and requesting a hard copy of the factsheet ‘Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers’.

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Brought to you by OMAF and MRA

Would you like to learn more about programs and resources in agricultural business, risk management, and innovation, including Growing Forward 2?  Are you interested in exploring the potential and pitfalls of various crop alternatives for your farm?

•    Sure you can grow these things, but is there a market and do you want to be in it? Are you looking for alternative crop opportunities to diversify your operation? Talk to the specialists with expertise in specialty crops, vegetables, fruit, tree nuts, industrial crops, irrigation, and more.
•    What programs are you eligible for and how do you access them? Is there support under Growing Forward 2 to help area farm businesses with innovation or transition?  Business specialists with OMAF and MRA – those who know the programs inside and out – will be on hand to steer you through.

Drop in on Wednesday, January 22 to talk one-on-one with OMAF and MRA business and crop specialists.  Browse our displays, resources, and online tools.  The Crop and Business Showcase will be at the Roma Club in Leamington from 9 to 11 am and at the Countryview Golf Course near Chatham from 2 – 4 pm.
The event is open to all interested growers.  Drop in during showcase hours to browse the displays and talk to OMAF and MRA specialists.  There is no charge and no pre-registration is required.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (drop in anytime during Showcase hours)
9:00 – 11:00 am
Roma Club
19 Seacliff Dr. E, Leamington
or
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Countryview Golf Course
25393 St. Clair Rd. (Hwy 40), between Chatham and Wallaceburg

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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and bioproduct businesses, collaborations and organizations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks.

Areas of Focus for GF2 Funding Assistance
Producers, organizations and collaborations can apply for funding assistance in six focus areas, with an emphasis on innovation:
• Environmental and Climate Change
• Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
• Market Development
• Animal and Plant Health
• Labour Productivity Enhancement
• Business and Leadership Development

Capacity Building Funding Assistance
Cost-share is available to support eligible clients to acquire additional skills, to undertake in-depth assessments and audits, and to develop business plans.

Building capacity helps prepare clients to apply for further cost-share to implement a project. Applications for capacity building funding assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Some examples of Capacity Building activities are:
• Cost-share fees for qualified consultants (e.g. Professional Engineer) to conduct an assessment.
• Produce a written report and plan that provides recommendations for implementing improved irrigation and fertigation management BMP’s (e.g. field and greenhouse operations).
• Energy Use Assessment for existing farm buildings that will reduce the dependency on power and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Prevention plan for Wildlife Damage – help reduce crop, livestock or property damage caused by managed wildlife species.
• Market Assessment, Marketing Plan, Communication Material Design.
• Integrated Pest Management Planning.
• Cost of Production Assessment.
• Succession Plans, Expansion Plans, Human Resources Plan, Business Plan.

Implementation Funding Assistance
Clients may be eligible for cost-share for projects that help to achieve their business goals. Applications for project implementation will be reviewed and assessed based on merit. Having a detailed business and/or workplan, budget and applicable permits and approvals in place prior to submitting an application will increase your success in securing cost-share.
Individual farm businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the five-year program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)

Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a free capacity building workshop such as Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (New 4th edition) and Growing Your Farm Profits.

Important Dates:
June 26, 2013 – ongoing application intake for Capacity Building Funding Assistance from all eligible clients

October 28, 2013 to December 12, 2013 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from organizations and collaborations

December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from all eligible clients including, producers, organizations and collaborations

Please visit the GF2 website.

OMAF and MRA have a full listing of programs and services for Ontario farmers on the website and in the Factsheet ‘Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers’. For more information please visit or call the OMAF and MRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre to request a hard copy of the Factsheet at 1.877.424.1300.

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