Applications closed for food safety initiative

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

Due to the overwhelming response from stakeholders, applications no longer are being accepted for the 2009-10 Food Safety and Traceability Initiative under “Growing Forward.”
Program funds are allocated annually and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the annual program funds are fully committed, we no longer can accept applications for cost-share funding for that year.
Only applications received prior to July 17, 2009 will be considered for funding.   
All applicants will be notified of the status of their projects within the program. Applicants who do not receive funding for 2009-10 are encouraged to re-apply next year.
Information regarding the availability of funds for 2010-11 will be posted on the ministry’s website at www.ontario.ca/growingforward
Be prepared and get your application ready for next year’s FSTI funding.
Meanwhile, the application deadline for the 2008 AgriInvest program year is coming soon. In order to receive a matching contribution from the government based on your 2008 business year, an application must be filed with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
Late applications will be accepted, however they are subject to a five percent per month reduction in Allowable Net Sales (the figure contributions are based on).
No more late applications will be accepted after Dec. 31, 2009.
Applications are available on line at www.agr.gc.ca/agriinvest
Once your application has been processed, you will receive a 2008 AgriInvest Deposit Notice, which will provide details on your maximum matchable deposit and current account balance, if any.
You will have 90 days from the issue date on the deposit notice to make your deposit.
Your deposit will be matched by government contributions and held by the government.
Withdrawals can be made at any time during the year by submitting an AgriInvest withdrawal form.
AgriInvest is a companion program to AgriStability, and provides producers with flexible coverage for small income declines, as well as support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.
Finally, Foodland Ontario is pleased to offer display materials to help you identify your products.
They have a variety of different items available free of charge, including posters, commodity cards, base wrap, and price cards.
If you would like these materials, call the Foodland hotline at 1-888-466-2372 ext. 63428.
Dates to remember
•Saturday, Aug. 22—Cattle sale, Stratton sales yard, 9:30 a.m.

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