New funding for research and commercialization
Applications are now available for new funding in British Columbia’s agricultural industry.
The Investment Agriculture Foundation is providing $3 million to the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program to help advance agricultural innovation and competitiveness in the province.
The funding is available to industry, academia, value-added food processors and retailers for projects involving late-stage research.
Funding is also available for pilot projects that lead to the commercialization and adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices for the agriculture, food and agri-products sectors.
Priority will be given to projects that lead to advancements in plant, animal and food science, energy and waste management, new product development and commercialization, improvements in soil, water and air quality and climate change adaptation.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
All projects, including reporting requirements, must be completed by Jan. 31, 2015.
For more information, visit iafbc.ca/agri-innovation.htm.
Saskatchewan River Basin research receives funding
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have been awarded $800,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The money supports a project that will use field sites throughout the Saskatchewan River Basin as a large-scale observatory for new interdisciplinary water science to address national and global water security challenges.
The money will help buy equipment to enable 80 scientists and 85 research staff and students to better understand the impacts of environmental change on the river basin.
New tools will be developed to address management, governance and policy issues for trans-boundary water basins in Canada and internationally.
The World Water Federation has described the South Saskatchewan River as Canada’s most threatened river.
Covering 336,000 sq. kilometres across three provinces, the river basin is home to three million people.
These areas include prairie landscapes, which support 80 percent of Canada’s agriculture production, the Rocky Mountains, which provide water for major western Canadian rivers, and boreal forests, which represent nearly one-third of Canada’s land area.
Facility upgrades include Lake Diefenbaker, Brightwater Creek, the St. Denis National Wildlife Area, the southern boreal forest and a mountain hydrology station in Marmot Creek, Alta.
Ag society gets lottery funds
Alberta is increasing funds for the Olds Agricultural Society to support rural youth development and facility upgrades.
The society will receive two grants, totalling more than $76,000, through the province’s Agricultural Initiatives Program.
The program is funded through the Alberta Lottery Fund.
A $54,740 grant will help pay for recent facility upgrades that will enhance the society’s capacity to host major agriculture events. This includes renovations to an infield tent and meeting rooms, playground construction and parking improvements.
A $22,000 grant will support the successful Summer Synergy Rural Youth Showcase. Now in its fourth year, the event is a partnership between the Olds Agricultural Society, Olds College, Calgary Stampede and Alberta 4-H.
Alberta young people from nine to 20 have the opportunity to enhance their leadership and agriculture skills while participating in a livestock show that includes participating in the Calgary Stampede.
Co-ops work together
Co-operative enterprises in Myanmar have enlisted the support of Canada’s co-ops to strengthen their position in their growing economy.
Canadian co-ops have a good reputation and significant experience building enterprises that meet their members’ and communities’ needs.
Representatives of Myanmar’s Central Co-operative Society have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Co-operative Association to strengthen co-ops in the Asian country.
It is the first formal MOU ever signed between co-operatives in Myanmar and Canada.
More than 21,000 co-operatives are registered in Myanmar with the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund, a multi-donor fund to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar.
Co-operatives were first established in Myanmar more than 100 years ago and now operate in a variety of business sectors.
- Threshermen’s Show and Seniors’ Festival
- Western Development Museum
- Sask. (306-783-8361
- Loiselle Family Organic Farm field day
- Sask. (Register
- Pioneer Acres Museum show and reunion
- Alta. (403-935-4357
- Olde Tyme Harvest for Hunger
- Sask. (Joelene Kotzer-Mitschke
- Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show
- Canada’s Outdoor Park
- Ont. (800-563-5441