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Consultation for the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada

Learn, participate and have your say

The proposed Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada was drafted together by governments, industry and others who play a role in safeguarding plant and animal health.

The strategy will protect plants and animals from new and emerging risks by focusing efforts more on prevention and increasing partner collaboration and coordination.

You are invited to join the conversation this month and contribute your ideas on the draft strategy. Continue reading Consultation for the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada

Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits

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

Growing Forward 2 Educational Workshops

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

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:
• provides work experiences for students;
• supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
• recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage.

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 will be from January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016.

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

Source: OMAFRA Ag Business Update

2014 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program Now Accepting Applications

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Have you developed and implemented an innovative product or process within your agriculture or food business?  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)

Eligible applicants include: primary producers/farmers, processors and agri-food organizations.  Continue reading 2014 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program Now Accepting Applications

Canada Summer Jobs Wage Subsidy Deadline: January 31st, 2014

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:
• provides work experiences for students;
• supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
• recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Continue reading Canada Summer Jobs Wage Subsidy Deadline: January 31st, 2014

A Crop and Business Showcase: Exploring Programs and Opportunities

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 & 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. Continue reading A Crop and Business Showcase: Exploring Programs and Opportunities