Growing Forward 2 launched in Manitoba
By Province of Manitoba
Apr. 22, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - Manitoba has launched the Canada-Manitoba Growing Forward 2 bilateral agreement, with programs aimed at competitiveness and new markets. Programs will be tailored with the flexibility to meet diverse Manitoba regional requirements.
Manitoba's Growing Forward 2 priorities focus on three areas: competitiveness and market development, innovation, and adaptability and industry capacity. The first cost-shared initiative to be launched is directed at Growing Assurance programs and includes beneficial management practices (BMPs) that support environmental farm plans.
The new five-year Growing Forward 2 agreement represents a Canada-Manitoba investment of $176 million towards strategic initiatives, a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding, as well as $1 billion for federal-only strategic initiatives. The federal government has announced details of its three federal programs: AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness.
Under Growing Forward 2 governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and natural disasters.