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Dealers revamp communications

The Western Equipment Dealers Association has created a new microsite for its publications and it includes a digital knowledge centre to connect dealers to industry news and information.

The site will provide news updates from the association on policy, government regulations, manufacturer relations, industry articles, podcasts, webinars, surveys and training.

The site also includes a podcast series that explores topics affecting the equipment dealer industry, as well as featured webinars, videos and training opportunities.

The new microsite is at equipmentdealmagazine.com.

Program helps small businesses

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service CanExport SMEs program is designed to help small agri-food businesses by covering some of the costs associated with developing and expanding their e-commerce presence and attending virtual trade shows and help with navigating new trade barriers during the pandemic.

CanExport SMEs offers small- and medium-sized businesses up to $75,000 to assist with international market development activities where they have little to no sales.

Since starting in 2019, the CanExport SMEs program has supported 173 agricultural small businesses with more than $6 million in funding.

Man. program protects farm workers

Manitoba farmers can apply for the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund.

The $1.9 million investment from the federal government is expected to better protect the health and safety of farm workers in Manitoba during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligible activities include direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and work stations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary stations, work stations and other health and safety measures.

Contributions under the program will be cost-shared 50-50 with the applicants, up to $100,000. However, an additional 10 percent will be provided to women, youth, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities, amounting to a 60-40 split.

The $1.9 million investment is based on an estimate of up to 259 farms applying.

Positive actions to be recognized

Farm Management Canada is providing the opportunity to spotlight the positive actions of someone or group in the agriculture sector during the pandemic.

Submissions can be either a 15-second video or a photo and caption that highlight how that person or group has gone above and beyond to help support you or others and made a significant contribution to the agriculture industry this year.

Video submissions will be played during FMC’s Evening of Excellence as part of its virtual Agricultural Excellence Conference, Dec. 9.

Submissions are due by Nov. 27.

Submit to info@fmc-gac.com or share through social media and tag @FMC_GAC #2020AgAllStars.

Food security initiative funded

The federal government in partnership with Food Banks Canada has launched the $2.3 million Rural and Northern Capacity Fund.

The initiative is being funded under the $200 million Emergency Food Security Fund and is aimed at helping food insecurity in communities or regions that are underserved.

Organizations in rural and northern areas can receive help under the initiative to develop or improve infrastructure that helps get food to vulnerable people.

This includes supporting the purchase, transportation and distribution of food, hiring additional staff and undertaking small-scale construction projects.

Since its April launch, the initiative has provided $100 million to support more than 1,800 individual projects in communities across Canada, which is estimated to have helped serve more than two million Canadians with six million meals.

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