Large donation creates new grant programs to support agriculture, economic development

A generous donation just shy of one million dollars will help both agricultural and economic development in Manitoba.

Today, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced two grant programs will be developed as a result of a $900,000 donation from the estate of Alexander Cherban.

$450,000 will be placed in an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Swan Valley, and $450,000 will be used to create the Alexander Cherban Agriculture Industry Development Program.

Cherban farmed for many years in the Swan Valley region. Prior to his passing in January 2013, he made it clear he wanted to give back to agriculture and his community.

“We are deeply touched by Mr. Cherban’s unwavering support for the agriculture industry in his community and across Manitoba,” Eichler says in a news release.  “After careful consideration, these funds will support a variety of projects focused on maintaining and growing the agriculture industry in Manitoba and building a stronger economy in the Swan Valley area.”

Details of the Cherban Agriculture Industry Development program will be released at a later date.

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