FCC contributes to community projects
Farm Credit Canada is giving $1.5 million through it FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups to support rural capital projects.
Between $5,000 and $25,000 is awarded for community improvement projects such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas and community centres.
The fund has supported almost 1,100 projects, an investment of more than $12 million over the past 14 years.
For more information, visit fccagrispiritfund.ca.
Flower growers receive export help
Flowers Canada Growers is receiving $393,070 in federal funding to help increase the industry’s export market.
The funding will allow the organization to develop standardized training protocols for flower growers on Canada’s new export certification program for greenhouse-grown plants.
It will ensure workers and managers understand and comply with the new program.
It will also help the industry increase its market share domestically and internationally through marketing activities such as trade shows, sales missions, publishing a directory and buyers’ guide, marketing and promotion activities.
Ornamental product sales, including greenhouse flowers and plants, nursery products and sod products totalled $2.3 billion last year.
Forage councilappoints new board
Tamara Carter of Lacadena, Sask., is the new president of the Saskatchewan Forage Council.
Board members Bruce Coulman, Garret Hill, Greg Penner and Steve Pylot all renewed their three-year terms, while producer Mark McNinch was brought onto the board.
Carter is a forage, beef and grain producer.
Silage safety promoted
In an effort to curtail on-farm accidents, Lallemand Animal Nutrition has created a silage safety kit to help provide the best materials for silage safety.
The kit includes:
- The Silage Safety Handbook, which offers practical tips for building, maintaining and feeding out silage bunkers and piles safely.
- A quick-reference poster that demonstrates the main principles of silage safety.
- Safety vests to improve staff visibility when working in, at or near silage storage facilities.
- A warning sign to be placed strategically to raise awareness among visitors and staff.
- A Basics of Silage Safety video, which reiterates the importance of safe practices. It is also hosted on the Lallemand Animal Nutrition YouTube channel.
The kit is free by contacting a Lallemand Animal Nutrition representative or visiting qualitysilage.com.