AG Notes

Businesses get funding

Small and medium sized businesses will receive $1.84 million in federal funding to help them grow and thrive.

The money will go to 75 small to medium size food businesses to promote their products and develop export markets abroad.

For example, more than $390,000 was committed to 16 small-to-medium sized businesses in Quebec, including more than $44,000 for Trans-Herbe Inc. to help showcase and promote its teas to international markets.

Small to medium enterprises under the AgriMarketing Program are producers and processors operating in the agriculture, agri-food and fish and seafood sectors.

They must be directly involved in growing, harvesting, processing or otherwise adding value to agricultural products and have fewer than 250 employees and no more than $50 million in annual sales.

New managers selected

EW Nutrition has named Joseph Bruce as the senior key account manager and Mark Johnson as the senior swine key account manager.

Bruce brings more than 25 years of experience in the field and will be responsible for product sales to the U.S. poultry and swine industries. He was previously with Miller Poultry.

Johnson also has decades of experience and will be responsible for product sales to the swine industry in the United States, focusing on swine integrators and feed manufacturers. He was previously with Kent Feeds.

Old’s land agent program accepting students

Olds College’s land agent program will again accept first year students this fall. The program didn’t accept students last year because of the struggling economic climate in Western Canada.

However, the college’s land agent industry advisory committee has identified the need for the program to return and produce skilled, qualified graduates.

Land agents work with industry, government and landowners to negotiate the terms of acquiring land for infrastructure such as highways, well sites, pipeline routes and alternate energy sites.

The college has been running the program for more than 35 years.

Clean technologies project receives funding

The Manitoba government is investing $1.9 million for a project with the University of Manitoba to study strategies for reducing greenhouse gases on Canadian cattle farms.

The research project is part of the $27 million, five-year Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program intended to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation by developing new farming practices and methods.

The program covers four areas: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency and agro-forestry.

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