Farm Facts and Furrows

Financial workshop

A basic agriculture record keeping-financial workshop for the novice user will be held in Mindemoya on May 13, 2014. Topics: An overview of simple record keeping workbooks, computer programs, group discussion on user programs, tips and tricks. The workshop is free, however due to constraints of space, will be limited to 12 people. The course will run from 9:30 am to 2 pm. If there is ample demand, a second workshop could be arranged. Light refreshments will be available, but please bring your own lunch. You must register for this workshop in advance, email Brian Bell at brian.bell2@ontario.ca by May 9. If you have any questions for discussion, please include them in your email registration. Location will be provided upon registration.

 

Sustainable New Agri-Food Products

(SNAP) Program

In Northern Ontario, many agriculture and food producers or businesses have difficulty funding equipment purchases for value-added processing. The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products (SNAP) Program is a pilot for Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses and collaborations, which will provide up to $5,000 (per collaborator, to a maximum of $15,000) at 80 percent cost-share toward the purchase of processing equipment that would result in the creation of a food or agriculture product new to the business. The SNAP Program is administrated by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network in collaboration with Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative and the Northeast Community Network. Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be a legal entity with the authority to enter into a legal agreement seeking assistance to purchase equipment to add value or create an agriculture or food product new to the business. Examples of a legal person could include corporations or not-for-profit organizations, primary producers, processors, distributors, First Nations, Metis and Inuit. Collaborations will be accepted of up to three applicants. Each applicant in the collaboration must be a legal entity. Applicants must have at least one component of their business located in northern Ontario. Collaborations must be composed of 75 percent of businesses, organizations or persons located in Northern Ontario. Algoma/Manitoulin/Sudbury District Coordinator is Katie Filion, kfilion@ssmic.com, phone 705-942-7927 ext. 3024.