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COABC 2015 Conference: 'Livestock'
February 27 - March 1

Join us in Chilliwack at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn for our next annual conference focusing on Livestock. In addition to a full slate of sessions related to livestock, there will be presentations on wire worm, tree fruit production (cherries, peaches, apples), land linking with Young Agrarians, and much more.

We're also excited to announce a new format with a full-day workshop on Friday, February 27: "Write Your Own Handbook." This workshop is intended to help farm owners and their managers create their own farm-specific employee handbook. A well-crafted handbook can effectively communicate the benefits and responsibilities of working on your farm, as well as foster a fair work environment and help your employees identify with your business values.

More info: conference@certifiedorganic.bc.ca


Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training
Toronto/Mississauga, ON, November 10th to 14th 2014

Hosted by The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA); deadline to apply is September 26th. A comprehensive training on the Canadian Organic Standards with four days of instruction which includes a field trip to a certified organic operation and a half-day for testing. This training is for people looking to become organic verification officers, operators and managers at organic food processing facilities, and others such as certification agency staff, regulators, industry consultants, and educators.
More information and to access the application form
or contact Ashley St. Hilaire at COG: e-mail; Phone: 1-888-375-7383 or Fax: 613-236-0743.


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.
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