Groups growing forward

B.C. Fruit Growers' Association and B.C. Cattlemen's Association gain funding

The ministry of agriculture has announced targeted funding from Canada and B.C. supported business development, innovation, food safety and sustainability under the Growing Forward Agreement in the third quarter of 2011-12.

Growing Forward is a five-year framework that co-ordinates federal, provincial and territorial agriculture policy.

Between Oct. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011, more than $1.9 million was given to organizations including the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association, which received $21,000 for phase two of a strategic environmental risk assessment-demonstration project.

The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association received  $25,500 for its invasive species in stone fruit and grapes in B.C. program, and a biosecurity implementation program.

These funds are part of the $78 million being invested in a number of non-business risk management programs designed to help farmers and other participants in the agricultural and agri-food industry increase their competitiveness and profitability.

The Growing Forward agreement also includes up to $475 million in B.C. to help provide income stability and insurance against losses through business risk management programs.