Know an Innovative Grower? The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence (up to $75,000!) is Open for Applications

premiersawardThe Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators, including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.  Awards of up to $75,000 are available.  Nominate someone you know now!

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Cost-share funding for greenhouse growers now available under the new “Canadian Agricultural Partnership” (CAPS)

cap_banner3-engStarting on April 3, 2018, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership .

Similar to previous programs (such as Growing Forward 2), this is a new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sectors.

Keep reading for more information on this program, or talk to your local OMAFRA or OSCIA representative.

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New Program Alert: GreenON Agriculture

GreenON Ag retrofit logoYou might have heard that a new cost-share program, GreenON Agriculture was announced last week.  This program is designed to help Ontario farm businesses reduce their carbon footprint, and greenhouses are eligible!

This program will be of interest to greenhouse operators who are concerned about rising energy costs, and want to make their operations more energy-efficient.

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Take advantage of Growing Forward 2 Funding for Energy Savings!

What is happening?

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Cost-share Funding Assistance Program for Producers is now offering new support for farmers to make changes in their farming operation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This is to support producers to transition to low carbon production and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation on-farms.

Why should you care? One of the new Best Management Practices is especially applicable to greenhouses – A13: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from indoor agriculture facilities.  

Have I got your attention? Read on to find out more!  Continue reading “Take advantage of Growing Forward 2 Funding for Energy Savings!”

Growing Forward 2 Producer Applications due November 3rd!

Did you get some neat ideas from the Canadian Greenhouse Conference or Cultivate this year?  Have you been thinking of an innovative expansion project? Maybe you’re interested in ensuring that your business continues to operate efficiently? Now’s the time to write those ideas down! Continue reading “Growing Forward 2 Producer Applications due November 3rd!”

Growing Forward 2 – New Application Intake for Processors


Growing Forward 2 (GF2
) opened a new application intake for processors today. Processors manufacture and are directly involved in the transformation of agricultural commodities in Ontario.  This includes processors of ornamentals, including greenhouse grown flowers.

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The GF2 processors program is designed to support projects that help industry:
• Use best business and leadership practices
• Use energy, water and other inputs efficiently
• Be better able to adapt to climate change
• Maximize labour productivity
• Access new and emerging markets
• Retain and expand existing markets
• Respond quickly and effectively to risks
• Reduce key risks

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 24, 2016.  If you’re interested, more information on the process and the types of projects that could qualify for funding can be found here.

Any questions?  Call the knowledgeable staff at the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or email at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.