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Feds fund dairy processors

The federal government is investing more than $2 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund for two dairy processors in St. Marys, Ont.

Saputo Dairy Products has received a grant of $1.93 million to buy equipment to expand production capacity and create eight new jobs.

For Stonetown Artisan Cheese, an investment of $149,238 will allow them to buy equipment to increase cutting, processing, storage and aging capacity, while adding two full-time and part-time jobs.

Canada has more than 478 dairy processors that generate $14.3 billion in sales and create more than 42,000 jobs.

FCC donates to school meal programs

Farm Credit Canada is giving $100,000 to school meal programs across Canada as part of its FCC Drive Away Hunger program.

For a third year in a row, FCC is supporting meal programs offered at 100 schools across Canada, which are chosen based on need.

From Oct. 8-18 a tractor and trailer will be driven through communities to collect food and cash donations for food banks across Canada.

Donations can be given by individuals and organizations, as well as industry partners and schools.

All donations will go to the Canadian food banks and anyone can go to fccdriveawayhunger.ca to make a monetary donation.

More than 50 million meals have been raised in the program by FCC employees, customers and community partners since 2004.

Sask. commissions seek director nominations

The nomination period for director positions with the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (Sask. Barley) and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask. Wheat) is open until Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.

Sask. Barley will have three of six board of director positions open while Sask. Wheat will be looking to fill three of its director positions.

Should the organizations receive more nominations than there are director positions available, elections will be held Oct. 18 to Nov. 29.

Eligible nominees must be registered producers, which is any producer who has had a Sask. Wheat or Sask. Barley checkoff deducted since Aug. 1, 2017 and has not requested or received a refund of the checkoff in the last fiscal year.

All nominations are required to include contact information and signatures from at least two registered wheat and/or barley producers who are supporting the nomination.

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