Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

OFA 80th Anniversary Bursary

Three new bursaries in the amount of $3,500 per recipient are available for students of OFA (Ontario Federation of Agriculture) families who are entering or currently pursuing a post-secondary education in an agriculture-related program. The bursaries are part of this year’s events and activities to mark OFA’s 80th anniversary. The funds were raised at the 2015 OFA Annual General Meeting silent auction and Harvest Tailgate Celebration 50/50 draw. The bursaries will be awarded regionally, selecting one student from each region. The regions include Northern, Eastern and Southwestern Ontario. The amount of the bursary is $3,500 per student. Eligible applicants include students of OFA families from across Ontario. Applicants should be able to demonstrate volunteer and industry related accomplishments, an interest in agriculture and rural issues, community involvement and satisfactory academic performance. Application forms and all supporting documentation must be submitted to OFA by August 1, 2016. The selected recipients will be announced at the 2016 OFA Annual General Meeting and Convention.

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding

Be ready when the next round of Growing Forward 2 funding applications opens on June 23, 2016, with applications accepted until July 14, 2016. What are we looking for? Good projects that align with one of the six areas of focus, well-written and well-documented projects, the required permits for the proposed project are in place, and new projects that have yet to be started. Areas of focus eligible for funding: 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. For more information visit the OMAFRA website.