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November 26, 2010

Grant Offers $5,000 to Producers to Improve their Operations

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A new grant is being offered to Alberta producers to encourage them to develop better food safety practices.

Covering 70% of eligible expenses from approved activities, the Growing Forward On-Farm Food Safety grant pays up to $5,000 to successful applicants. It is meant to help producers implement commodity-specific national on-farm food safety programs.

Examples of on-farm food safety programs include Canadian Quality Assurance, which is used by Alberta Pork, and Safe, Safer, Safest, a program through the Chicken Farmers of Canada. These programs aim to encourage consumer confidence in producers through transparency, and to improve farm management practices, with the goal of producing safer food products.

To participate, a plan outlining how producers will apply or improve an on-farm food safety program in their operation must be submitted. Financial support is available for:
·    Minor building modifications
·    Food safety training
·    On-farm certification audits
·    Equipment upgrades and purchases
·    Laboratory testing
·    Developing record keeping systems

Growing Forward On-Farm Food Safety grant is a federal-provincial-territorial proposal positioning the agriculture industry for future growth. On-farm food safety programs are created with producers in mind to ensure efficacy and flexibility.

This article is courtesy of Chase McGowan, a student at the University of Alberta.


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