Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The AgriMarketing Program helps farmers and food processors compete in markets at home and abroad. It supports the agriculture industry by creating and maintaining access to markets and taking advantage of market opportunities. Available funding: $341 million is available in the form of government projects and contribution funding during five years (2013-2018). Program delivery: The department helps the agriculture industry expand markets and seize opportunities through government projects and contribution funding. Projects are supported under the following streams: Market development stream, builds and promotes Canada’s ability to expand markets at home and abroad. Promotional activities help position and differentiate Canadian products and producers, and ensure they meet market requirements. The stream offers contribution funding to not-for-profit organizations to develop and implement long-term market development strategies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to undertake promotional and market development activities in markets other than Canada. Assurance systems stream helps enhance the competitiveness of the agriculture industry by meeting buyer and market demands for assurance. The stream supports developing national assurance systems or standards for food safety, animal and plant health, market attribute/quality and traceability.

For more information on the AgriMarketing Program, please contact us. Please ensure that you identify the stream name when writing to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. By telephone: 1-877-246-4682, by email: Market Development stream: md-dm@agr.gc.ca, Assurance Systems stream: assurance@agr.gc.ca or by mail: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, c/o AgriMarketing Program, 1341 Baseline Road, Tower 7, 6th Floor, Room 215, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C5.

Ontario Hay Listing Service

The Ontario Hay Listing Service, created by the Ontario Forage Council, provides livestock producers with information on forage availability. This service is offered free of charge. This hay listing is a self-service tool that enables buyers and sellers of forages, in Canada and the US to announce and search available or needed hay and more! Navigate to: http://ontariohaylistings.ca/