AG Notes

Cheese operation receives funding

The federal government plans to invest up to $361,743 under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to Fromagerie Les Rivières in Quebec City to modernize operations to help increase production.

The project consists of the purchase and installation of processing and packaging equipment and more efficient refining equipment, designed to help reduce water use and costs and minimize environmental impacts.

The funding is expected to allow the family-owned business to produce more specialty cheeses and double its quantity of milk requirements by 2020.

Feds fund meat sector

Ottawa is investing up to $1.07 million to the Canadian Meat Council under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing program.

The funding will help Canada’s meat industry accommodate growing demands domestically and internationally.

In collaboration with the Canadian Pork Council and the Canada Cattlemen’s Association, the investment will help the Canadian Meat Council undertake such activities as inspection visits by international officials to ensure that Canadian facilities meet food safety requirements.

It will also help build relationships with foreign industry partners through global trade missions.

In 2017, Canada exported pork and beef meat valued at $6.42 billion to more than 125 countries around the world.

Funding helps attract youth to ag

The federal government is investing up to $3.75 million to help attract youth into agriculture.

The Youth Employment and Skills Program offers employers in the agriculture sector funds to hire 15- to 30 year-old employees.

The program provides 50 percent of funds, up to $14,000, toward costs associated with hiring youth.

It is designed for not-for-profit organizations and applicants who hire Indigenous youth or youth facing barriers and will provide 80 percent of total eligible costs, up to $14,000.

Agriculture Canada hopes the program will create more than 200 positions across Canada within the agriculture sector.

Applications are being accepted until funding has been fully committed.

Projects must be completed by March 31, 2020.

4-H holds citizenship congress

4-H Canada recently wrapped up its 2019 Citizenship Congress in Ottawa.

The leadership program has been running since 1972 to educate delegates on Canada’s history and parliamentary system and to foster skills related to civic engagement, governance, parliamentary procedure, citizenship and politics.

This year’s theme was “The Power of a Vote: Value of Civic Engagement.”

Delegates between the ages of 16 and 21 participated in the event, which included various workshops and a final debate in the Senate chamber.

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