Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Growing Local access to capital workshop

On December 8 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Cambrian College, Little Current there will be a ‘Where is the money?’ workshop. Join representatives from the Northern Ontario Heritage Foundation (NOHFC), LAMBAC and the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity Program (SNAPP) to learn about grants and loans available for new and expanding agri-food businesses in the Manitoulin/LaCloche region. Anyone interested in applying to the SNAPP program is urged to attend this session. Please see below for more information on SNAPP. SNAPP Information: In partnership with the Northeast Community Network, Eat Local Sudbury and Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will be coordinating a multi-year funding program for farm and food businesses in Northern Ontario. The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity Program (SNAPP) will provide a grant up to $5,000 at 75 percent cost share to purchase equipment for eligible activities. Collaborations of three or more entities can be eligible for up to $15,000 at 75 percent cost share. Program goals include stimulating the development and expansion of the agriculture and food sector in northern Ontario, addressing challenges specific to Northern Ontario agri-food production and promoting value-added processing and innovative production and processing practices that increase scalability, profitability, and competitiveness.There will be an information session for Manitoulin/LaCloche businesses to gather information about the SNAPP program, learn how to complete and submit an application package, discuss program objectives and ask questions. If you wish to apply to the SNAPP Program, it is advisable to attend the information session. More information about SNAPP is available at www.rainalgoma.ca/snapp  Contact Melissa Watson snapp@rainalgoma.ca or 705-942-7927 x3135. If you are interested in participating in the program, but cannot attend one of the sessions, please contact Melissa Watson for more information. To register for the Access to Capital Workshop please contact LAMBAC at 705-282-3215.