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OMAFRA ONOrganic

The OMAFRA ONOrganic newsletter is currently on a short hiatus while they develop a new online blog format. They appreciate your readership and hope to have the blog available very soon. The ONOrganic blog will be available at www.onorganic.wordpress.com

What’s new with Growing Forward 2?

In Ontario, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) offers cost-share funding assistance for producers, processors, organizations and collaborations to help business grow profits, expand markets and manage risks. Individual businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the life of the program. GF2 runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018. GF2 provides cost-share funding for assessment/audit, planning, skills development and training and implementation project categories. We are looking to fund projects in six areas of focus: environment and climate change adaptation; animal and plant health; market development; labour productivity enhancement; assurance systems; food safety, traceability, animal welfare; and business and leadership development. GF2 is a merit-based program. Only the most impactful projects will be awarded cost-share funding.

Applications can be submitted during these dates in 2015: May 1 to May 21, 2015, August 10 to August 27, 2015, November 16 to December 3, 2015. To get a copy of the GF2 Program Guides, applications and for more information contact www.ontario.ca/growingforward2 or 1-877-424-1300.