Growing Forward 2 agricultural programs launched in Alberta
By AARD News Release
Mar. 25, 2013, Leduc, AB - Alberta's farmers and the agri-food sector will benefit from a $406 million investment provided through more than 30 new or enhanced programs focused on priorities like international market development, food safety, agri-business innovation, research and environmental management, with today's signing of the Growing Forward 2 initiative.
The five-year agreement with provincial and territorial governments supports innovation, competitiveness and market development in agriculture.
"As the province's largest renewable resource industry, agriculture holds tremendous potential," said Minister Olson. "Through Growing Forward 2, we are providing our producers and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build their businesses and further diversify Alberta's economy."
Growing Forward 2 focuses on the future prosperity of the sector, with a more than 50 per cent increase in cost-shared investment in strategic initiatives and programs to strengthen the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of Canadian agriculture.
For more information about Growing Forward 2, visit www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward2. Starting April 2, producers and others involved in Alberta's agriculture industry can explore the programs and determine their eligibility at www.growingforward.alberta.ca.