March Approvals Secure $1.9 Million for Ontario Organizations and Collaborations

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014, Guelph, ON - Utilizing funds provided through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors recently approved 23 projects, totaling over $1.9 million in funding, to benefit Ontario's agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry.

"The uptake of the GF2 program in Ontario by Organizations and Collaborations is unprecedented." says Kristin Ego MacPhail, AAC Chair. "In particular, applicants are teaming up with others to approach projects as collaborations, which has promoted financial savings, sharing expertise, maximizing existing resources, and sharing the risk in new and untested projects. The AAC encourages potential applicants to consider the Collaborative component of GF2." Among the new projects:

• In collaboration with six lamb producers, Newmarket Meat Packers Ltd. will build a true value system with information flow to all of the partners - producers, processor and retailer. Producers will form an organization whereby production protocol information will be developed and shared with its members. This producer group will hire a field person that will coordinate year round production to meet the needs of a retailer. The ...

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