The agri-food sector has always been innovative in running businesses, adapting practices and collaborating to compete in the world economy. To help spur and to celebrate this innovative spirit, the Government of Ontario created the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program.
Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector? Apply and you could be eligible to receive one of these awards: Continue reading Now accepting applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!
Are you interested in improving your on-farm food safety or formalizing your food safety program? The OSCIA offers free, introductory food safety workshops and webinars to get you started. These workshops are open to all sizes of operations — right down to the smallest farm stand.
While the workshops and webinars are open to all farm commodities, they are aimed at addressing food safety hazards from the horticultural perspective, and — as an introductory level — are most appropriate for those who do not yet have a certified food safety program in place. Continue reading Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits
Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!
Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector? If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:
- Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
- Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
- Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
- Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)
Continue reading 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation
Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.
This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.
To get the credit, you must: Continue reading Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food
Students who are residents of Ontario and registered as a
full-time student at any college or university entering the second, third, fourth or post graduate year of study which relates in some aspect to the processing vegetable industry can apply for the Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries. Apply by October 15. See below for details.
Continue reading Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries available
There are a number of Food Safety Workshops/Webinars, Traceability Workshops, and Biosecurity Workshops coming up. Register on-line for Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) workshops by clicking on the registration link below to find dates and locations that suit you. Continue reading Growing Forward 2 Educational Workshops