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Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers provides a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Check with your commodity organizations for additional commodity-specific programs that may be available through your associations.

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Guelph, ON, June 24, 2013: At its recent annual general meeting, the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI) elected a new board executive and outlined next steps for growing opportunities for Ontario’s farmers.

Following a two-year term as Vice-Chair, Brenda Lammens has been elected to Chair of AMI.

Ms. Lammens is an active member of the farm community and, with her husband, Raymond, has grown asparagus at SpearIt Farms in Norfolk County for more than 30 years. She is also Chair of the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council, and past Chair and current director of the Ontario Asparagus Growers Marketing Board.

“A great many opportunities exist for farmers. It’s time to recognize and take advantage of them,” says Ms. Lammens. “During my term as Chair I want to help farmers and farm organizations to grab those opportunities – whether it is processing, exporting, or on-farm marketing – so that they can be the very best. With the help of AMI, we can work co-operatively rather than in isolation, learning from one another to drive Ontario’s farm businesses forward.”

David Lee, a dairy farmer from the Otterville area was elected to the role of Vice-Chair. Gerald Renkema will remain on the AMI executive as Past Chair.

In addition to the election of new executive board members, attendees at the annual general meeting learned about AMI’s interim work plan in anticipation of Growing Forward 2 funding. The new work plan will see the inclusion of Ontario processors and farm business leadership to the AMI portfolio, as well as the development of new business tools.

“The leadership activities will start by defining what leadership means in farm operations and with on-farm teams,” said Ryan Koeslag, AMI’s Executive Director. “As a management institute, we want to help farmers to embrace leadership as a means to drive change on their farm and meet the goals of their business plan.”

The expansion of AMI’s mandate to include processors is significant. “Collaboration between farmers and processors is a relationship that has been overlooked in the past and one where AMI can contribute,” says Koeslag. “If we are able to assist processors with their management practices, it will ultimately help farmers to achieve their full potential.”

New business tools that are under development include an online business assessment tool, an e-Learning succession planning tool for processors, business leadership activities, and expansion of the business advisory groups for farmers in a range of commodities.

“These additions to AMI’s offerings are exciting steps forward for us and for the farm community, but we haven’t forgotten our roots. We will continue to offer business management events, speakers, and a host of online business management resources to farmers,” adds Koeslag. “Our upcoming conference in 2014 will bring together delegates from across the value chain to discuss the barriers, opportunities and collaborations that will redefine the marketplace.”

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About AMI

The Agricultural Management Institute (AMI) promotes new ways of thinking about farm business management and aims to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of beneficial business management practices by Ontario farmers. The AMI is funded by Growing Forward 2, a Federal-Provincial-Territorial initiative.

For more information contact Ryan Koeslag, Executive Director, AMI at 519-822-6618 or by email at ryan@takeanewapproach.ca  

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Guelph, ON, June 26, 2013 – The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is accepting applications from Ontario organizations and collaborations that want to put innovative ideas into action by growing profits, expanding markets and managing risk under Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

GF2 offers funding assistance for:

  •  Capacity building through strategic planning, training, audits or assessments, and,
  • Project implementation that focuses on the environment and climate change, animal and plant health, market development, labour productivity enhancement, assurance systems, and business and leadership development.

“Created with a ‘client-first’ approach, the GF2 program is suited to meet the individual needs of a very broad industry,” said John Kikkert, AAC Chair. “Applicants have the flexibility to propose projects based on their own priorities within the GF2 focus areas. This is ideal for an industry that faces many challenges, and has many diverse opportunities.”

AAC is delivering GF2 programming to Ontario organizations and collaborations on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Pre-proposals, applications and program guides can be found on the AAC website at www.adaptcouncil.org.

Enrollment and online applications are available through the GF2 Client Portal.

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 67 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. The AAC board of directors will review all applications from organizations and collaborations and make the final funding decisions.

This programming is supported by GF2 a comprehensive federal-provincial-territorial agreement aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.

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June 26, 2013 – Growing Forward 2 Funding Assistance for Capacity Building is now available for producers, processors, organizations and collaborations.  Check out the website at ontario.ca/growingforward2 for program guide and how to apply.

June 26, 2013 to September 5, 2013 – Growing Forward 2 Funding Assistance for Project Implementation is now available for organizations and collaborations.  Check out the website at ontario.ca/growingforward2 for program guide and how to apply.

Environmental Farm Program (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP)  Workshops available – Register

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The Greenhouse Farm Incentive Program (GHFIP) offers funding to complete farm projects that will strengthen your operation while supporting grassland birds. These species rely heavily on the meadows, pastures and hay fields provided by local agricultural operations. For ground-nesting birds such as Bobolink, the period between mid-May and mid-July is most critical for nesting success. GHFIP aims to support farmers who provide this habitat by strengthening existing agricultural management practices. This innovative program relies on a competitive bid system and environmental benefit index to identify and reward proposed projects that show the greatest environmental merit for the government dollars invested. Things you will need to complete an application:

  •    details on what projects you would like to complete and how much they will cost;
  •     a detailed site sketch or aerial photograph/map of your operation (in an electronic format) with pasture and hay fields clearly identified;
  •     knowledge of vegetation in your fields;
  •     information on your grazing management system.

To be eligible for GHFIP you must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number, a current Environmental Farm Plan deemed appropriate through peer review, an active email address and access to high-speed internet. The application process for GHFIP will be online only.

GHFIP aims to support farmers who provide this habitat by strengthening existing agricultural management practices such as:

  •     removing invasive alien plant species and invading trees and shrubs from pastures;
  •     re-engaging abandoned areas of the property into grazing;
  •     establishing rotational grazing systems through increased fencing;
  •     providing alternative watering options for livestock;
  •     improving stream crossings;
  •     retiring marginal lands into native grasslands;
  •     managing forage harvest to support grassland species.

No set cost-share rates or category caps apply to this program; this allows you to tell us how much funding is required to complete various projects. The competitive bid process provides an opportunity to justify costs while competing against other applicants to identify the unique benefits your projects provide.

See the brochure for more details.

http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/programs/grassland_habitat.htm

MAY 15, 2013 is the deadline for submission of GHFIP bid packages.

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Register for an upcoming Growing Forward 2 client information session hosted by our delivery partners in collaboration with OMAF. Sessions will be offered at the end of April and early May across Ontario.

Information sessions topics include:

  • Growing Forward 2 programming details
  • Future requirements for accessing funding assistance
  • Future intake dates
To register for a Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions click here

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Governments Supporting Success in Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector
April 2, 2013 4:30 pm Ministry of Agriculture and Food
The federal and provincial governments are working to help Ontario’s agri-food industry grow profits, expand markets and manage risk through Growing Forward 2.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have signed a five-year, multi-million dollar bilateral agreement focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development. It includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, which is a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding.

Ontario’s Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economy. Information sessions and workshops will be available in April and May, 2013, with applications opening in June 2013 for provincial programs.

Governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of business risk management programs under Growing Forward 2, to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and natural disasters.

Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and expand industries is a key priority for the Governments of Canada and Ontario to help build a strong economy.

More information>>

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