The news Between $10 million and $50 million is up for grabs if you’re in the business of innovation. The federal government has announced a new funding competition geared to spur innovation in the agriculture and agri-food industries. The money, which is coming from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will be used to support the development of automation and digital technologies. These…
Between $10 million and $50 million is up for grabs if you’re in the business of innovation. The federal government has announced a new funding competition geared to spur innovation in the agriculture and agri-food industries.
The money, which is coming from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will be used to support the development of automation and digital technologies. These technologies are becoming a larger and larger part of food production and agriculture in general.
How to apply
Proposals need to address the requirements listed below and be for the development and delivery of large-scale, “disruptive approaches” to automation and digital technologies with applications in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. They should:
- solve problems through the use of data and technology in the agriculture and agri-food sector, such as automation and robotics, precision agriculture platforms, data and digital solutions, sensors, interconnected software and hardware, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain;
- include collaborations between businesses (including small and medium-sized enterprises), post-secondary institutions, research institutes, and non-profit organizations from multiple sectors across Canada;
- generate strong economic and social benefits, such as private sector investments in R&D, the creation of new intellectual property and innovations, and the development and implementation of new products, processes and services; and
- bring about positive environmental impacts, such as the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, food waste, water usage and energy consumption.
“Digital innovation and technologies have the power to improve food safety, reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture and food production, and create good middle-class jobs. Our government is taking action to ensure our agriculture and agri-food sectors continue to punch above their weight in a competitive global market while delivering good, healthy and sustainable food to Canadians and international markets at a fair price.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Canada’s agriculture and food processing sectors have always been fertile ground for innovation. By bringing together private sector companies, post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations, our government is ensuring Canadian farmers and producers have the latest tools and technologies to take full advantage of the digital age.”
– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Through this exciting new competition, we’re bringing together the best of Canada’s digital technology, agriculture and agri-food sectors to create new solutions and opportunities in a fast-changing global market. By doing so, we’re ensuring Canadians are well positioned to lead and create jobs in the digital economy for middle-class families.”
– Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Applicants have until January 11, 2019, to submit a declaration of intent. The information contained in the declaration of intent will be posted online in an effort to foster collaboration among potential applicants. Applicants will have until March 1, 2019, to submit a full application for funding under this competition.
If you’ve upgraded any farm buildings to improve energy efficiency in the last two years, or have plans to in the next two years, and farm in Alberta — the Farm Energy…
If you’ve upgraded any farm buildings to improve energy efficiency in the last two years, or have plans to in the next two years, and farm in Alberta — the Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program may be for you.
As Vern Steinborn, of SouthGrow, shares in the video below, the Government of Alberta has rolled out this funding program offering 50 per cent cost-share on certain improvements on-farm that improves energy efficiency. The funding can be for both new and retro fit construction, and producers may be eligible for cost-share retroactively from work undertaken as far back as April 1, 2016.
Steinborn says there are several eligible costs, from installing new high-efficiency lighting, to improved combined heat and power units for poultry and swine barns, and even cattle waterers, for example.
Farmers interested in more information, can call Steinborn at 403- 894-0050 or visit Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program online.
Over 200 4-H Canada clubs got the green light for various activities and events they’ll hold next year, with funding through the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) 4-H Club Fund. FCC announced…
Over 200 4-H Canada clubs got the green light for various activities and events they’ll hold next year, with funding through the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) 4-H Club Fund. FCC announced this week $114,250 will flow to the youth leadership organization.
“4-H Canada is extremely grateful for our longstanding partnership with FCC, and for its continued support of the 4-H Club Fund,” says 4-H Canada CEO, Shannon Benner in a news release.
From east to west, 233 clubs will benefit from the funding for next year for both the provincial and national level initiatives. The FCC 4-H Club Fund awards up to $500 for a wide range of projects including achievement days, skill-building workshops, field trips, public speaking competitions, and the purchase of club supplies.
“This is a long-term investment in a national organization dedicated to developing leadership, confidence and values in young people who want to contribute to this vibrant and dynamic industry,” says Todd Klink, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer at FCC.
Those who wish to apply for club funding can do so come August 1, 2019. Funding closes October 31, 2019.
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