Ag Notes

Young farmers participate in succession program

Ten young farmers have been selected to participate in the inaugural Successor Development Program by Farm Management Canada. The new program is part of the Bridging the Gap: Step Up to Succession initiative.

It provides an opportunity for young farmers to join FMC and take part in important industry events dedicated to farm business management and taking over the farm.

It’s hoped that participants will have a better understanding of what it takes for a successful farm transfer and have access to a network of peers and experts during the transition process.

The participating farmers are:

  • Albert Gorter, Manitoba
  • Ashton Perry, Atlantic
  • Hannah Konschuh, Alberta
  • Holly White, Alberta
  • Jessica Dugdale, Alberta
  • Kyle Maynard, Atlantic
  • Kyle Norquay, Manitoba
  • Luke Adam, Alberta
  • Morgan Smallman, Atlantic
  • Steven Ardiel, Manitoba

For more information, visit www.fmc-gac.com/content/bridging-gap-step-succession.

Funding for apple, tomato research

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario will receive $920,000 in federal funding to develop new disease-resistant apple and greenhouse tomato varieties.

The horticultural research will contribute to the long-term growth and profitability of these two sectors.

Greenhouse tomatoes annually bring in $516 million at the farmgate. As well, $311 million worth of tomatoes were exported last year. Apples earned $181 million at the farmgate in 2015 as well as $50 million in exports.

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