AG Notes


Water projects funded

New program funding of $2.4 million a year will help farmers and food processors upgrade their water infrastructure and prepare for events in which water storage will directly affect their businesses.

The partnership is between the federal and Manitoba governments over the next five years.

The Growing Adaptation Program will finance water infrastructure projects and studies on water management.

Examples include:

  • Helping an expanding food processing facility receive access to a main-line pipeline or increase local potable water storage.
  • Assisting a municipality build a well and provide non-potable water for producers during a drought.
  • Helping municipalities study how best to ensure enough water is available for livestock producers.

Project proposals must show how they will directly increase or sustain agriculture development or agri-product processing.

They will be assessed on the amount of water provided to agricultural users, the number of users effected, estimated value of agricultural products sustained and economic gauges such as the number of new or maintained rural jobs.

Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal chair reappointed

Donald Buckingham was recently reappointed to a three year term as chair of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal.

CART helps Canadians request reviews of certain administrative decisions or penalties imposed under agricultural legislation.

It helps ensure that the administrative monetary penalty system is fair and efficient. Buckingham is accountable for CART’s daily operations, reporting to Parliament through the agriculture minister.

CABEF board member recognized

The Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation has announced that one its founding board members, Jennifer Christie, has been selected as a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

In addition to being a co-founder of the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation, Christie is establishing a women’s agri-business network in southern Ontario and is a director of 4-H Canada. She was recently elected to mentor a board of global youth tasked with improving women’s access to nutritious food. As well, Christie is the midst of completing an executive Masters degree in business administration.

For more information, visit cabef.org.

Nominations for equine excellence awards

The Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare are scheduled to be presented during the Saskatchewan Equine Expo in Saskatoon Feb. 15. They are sponsored by the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation.

There are four nomination categories:

  • Equine welfare innovation
  • Equine welfare young steward of the future
  • Equine welfare leadership
  • Equine welfare communication and education

Opportunities increased 
for soybean exports

Federal funding will help create export market opportunities for the soybean industry in Canada, particularly in Ontario.

The $100,000 contribution will be used to create opportunities for Canadian soybeans in specialty markets by attending trade missions, conferences and trade shows.

The European Union and Asia are areas of export growth. Canada exports more than $1 billion worth of soybeans a year to these regions.

Food safety standards strengthened

Recent federal funding aims to enhance Canada’s food safety oversight system with increased consistency.

The Canadian Supply Chain Food Coalition will use the $173,000 in funding to increase standard auditor competencies and qualifications so they are consistent with private and global levels of quality.

The coalition will bring stakeholders together to develop a consistent approach to food safety auditing and certification.

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