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Announcements for BC and Canadian Farmers

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Canadian Grants Business Centre

The Canadian Government has recently updated the funding framework for farms and agri-businesses for 2017 and beyond.
Winter 2017 programs are now available.
Toll Free: 1-888-231-0075
The Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments have introduced a wide range of programs including grants, loans and other funding options for Canadian Farmers and Agri-Business.
Funding Finder: This tool is made available to quickly help determine if your business can qualify for funding programs.
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Parliamentary Committee investigating GM animals:
Started 2016 September 27

House of Commons Agriculture Committee hearings on “Genetically Modified Animals for Human Consumption” started this morning in Ottawa. CBAN was there to follow what was said. Today, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association testified, government departments will testify on Thursday, and CBAN will testify on Tuesday October 4. There are no GM food animals on the market anywhere in the world yet, but a GM salmon was approved in both Canada and the US and could be produced in the next two years. Like all other GM foods, the food products from GM animals would not be labeled in grocery stores. Do we need GM animals? Do GM animals raise special ethical and safety concerns? If they are allowed onto the market, should they be labeled for consumers to choose?

Canada Organic Trade Association's Organic Market Research Project
Phase 1

This is the first data on the organic market since the Canadian government regulated the sector in 2009 and combines consumer research with the most recent market sales data. The findings offer valuable insights into market size, growth trends and Canadian consumer receptivity.
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Career Focus Program
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

The Career Focus Program will contribute $864,000 annually to projects that employ recent graduates in agriculture, agri-food, agri-food science and veterinary medicine. Each approved project will be eligible to receive 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 in matching funds. Applications are processed through rounds and on a first come, first served basis pending availability of funds.
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Canada Farm Business Management Council Agriwebinars™

Webinars are a web-based conference bringing the expertise of today's agricultural leaders that will inform and inspire you from the comfort of your home or office. No travel, no cost, no reason to miss out! Agriwebinar™ is free and anyone can participate as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection. Even computers connected by a dial-up service can participate.
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Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) Program

A financial loan guarantee program that gives farmers easier access to credit. Farmers can use these loans to establish, improve, and develop farms; while Agricultural co-operatives may also access loans to process, distribute, or market the products of farming. The CALA program builds on and replaces the previous Farm Improvement and Marketing Co-operative Loans Act (FIMCLA) program, which has helped farming operations grow their businesses by guaranteeing loans issued through financial institutions since 1988.
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Scholarships for Organic Inspector Training

The Independent Organic Inspectors Association accepts applications for the annual Andrew Rutherford Scholarship Award, which provides full tuition for an IOIA-sponsored organic inspector training course during the following year. Both prospective and experienced inspectors are eligible to apply for the Rutherford Scholarship. It is awarded to an individual on the basis of need and potential as judged by the IOIA Scholarship Committee. Applicants can choose to attend any IOIA-sponsored training. The Scholarship pays for tuition, room and board but does not cover transportation or other expenses. The late Andrew Rutherford was a farmer, organic inspector, and organic agriculture researcher from southern Saskatchewan. He served on IOIA's initial steering committee and then several years as a Founding Board Member.
IOIA also offers an annual Organic Community Initiative Scholarship (OCIS), which provides full tuition for an IOIA-sponsored basic organic inspector training during the following year. It is awarded to an individual on the basis of need and their potential to have a positive impact on their regional organic community. The Organic Community Initiative Scholarship is only open to applicants from outside of the US or Canada. Applicants can choose to attend any basic IOIA-sponsored training. The scholarship pays for tuition, room and board but does not cover transportation or other expenses.

Pertinent Federal (Canadian) & Provincial (BC) Regulations
Organic Dairy Farming in Canada
Farm Equipment
Marketing Your Product
Organic Prices (fruit and vegetables)
Small Scale Food Processing
Pest Management
Soil (Canada, USA) and Water (BC, Alberta) Testing Labs & Services

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