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5 Easy Farm Grants: Government funding for Farms

The agriculture industry is a hot commodity for government investment. These investments usually bring jobs, market stabilization, environmental improvements, and health benefits to consumers. Below are the top 5 Agricultural initiatives you could be doing right now to obtain Government Funding:Two Young Yellow chicks

  • Go Organic: By going organic not only are you making your produce healthier to consume for the average customer you are
    also decreasing any environmental hazards that may come from your product processes. Government agencies love these types of commitments as it’s a positive political position shown to the mass populace. Targeting this area will more likely help with your quest for government funding.
  • Humane Environment for Livestock: Just as the Go Organic craze, is a positive political position for the Government, the Humane Livestock is an area that will most likely help you get government funding while doing what is naturally right for your stock. Improving livestock area’s, feeding them healthier choices, and just finding ways to make the animals lives the best they can be, are all areas that can help in your quest for farm grants.
  • Equipment R&D: Coming up with more efficient ways to do your day to day job is something that the government loves. As if it’s something feasible, they can push as legislation to decrease costs all across similar agricultural markets. If you have a new way to formulate dairy products that are cheaper than current practices, the government will definitely give your business a few looks for investment.
  • Jobs: The labour market is slow at the moment, and any potential areas of job creation are   something the government will likely invest in. If you need employees for strenuous job roles, there maybe are subsidies from the government available to you in terms of government funding.
  • Grain: The grain market is hot right now, if your agriculture business main activity is Grain, there may be government funding for you to put towards harvesting and transportation.

For more information on Government Grants and Loans for Canadian Farmers, you can contact the Canadian Grants Business Center:

Call us at: 1-888-231-0075

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Canadian Farming: The New Gold Rush?

Everyone needs to eat: This is the reason that we will always need farmers. In a world with a constantly increasing population, demand for food will continue to grow. Many countries are already having trouble meeting their existing population’s food demands with domestic production. This economic reality creates a unique opportunity for farmers in countries like Canada that have predictable climates, advanced techman on tractornology, vast amounts of farm land, and an entrepreneurial population.

Canada is already the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world. 2.2 million Canadians work in the agriculture and agri-food sector, a sector that contributes over $100 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). Canada is the largest exporter of maple syrup, flaxseed, canola, pulses (such as lentils), and durum wheat in the world. There are approximately 4 million beef cattle in Canada. In addition, roughly 26 million pigs are raised in Canada each year, making us the world’s third-largest exporter of pork products.

As a market leader, Canada is uniquely positioned to scale production smoothly in key areas, and to capture an increasingly important share of the global market in agricultural exports. If you are a Canadian farmer or starting a farm, you need to maximize your growth opportunities to take advantage of future market realities.

Many farmers need to look for outside investment to increase capacity and be prepared for the upcoming demand spike.

Please contact Canadian Grants Business Center for assistance in obtaining government funding to start or expand your farm business:

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New Blueberry Teaching & Research Farm In Quebec

A new blueberry teaching and research farm will be established in Quebec.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have announced the creation of a blueberry teaching and research farm in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. This location is easily accessable and representative of the blueberry farms in the region.

Funding of $42,600 will be granted through the Programme de développement sectoriel (PDS), a  program implemented by the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the Canada-Quebec Growing Forward 2 agreement.

“With some 30,000 hectares in operation, the blueberry production is second in importance in terms of farm income in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. It is therefore an important economic activity for our region. Today I am proud to announce this project that our government committed to achieve a year ago at the Economic Summit. Allowing the blueberry industry to implement short- and long-term research projects will increase the competitiveness of our regional companies,” says Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec and MNA for Roberval.

“This research and teaching project is a great example of an initiative that promotes the agricultural potential of a region in order to benefit producers, processors, consumers and even students. The development and operation of this facility are well aligned with government policy and with the approach set out in the strategic plan for Quebec’s wild blueberry sector,” adds Pierre Paradis, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

“Canada is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries. The federal government is proud to support the creation of a blueberry teaching and research farm that will help the sector improve its competitiveness and meet growing consumer demand for safe, high-quality products. Combining teaching and research will have an impact on the transfer of knowledge from producers and the next generation,” says Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament Chicoutimi – Le Fjord.

For more information on farm grants and information on starting a blueberry farm or other farm, please contact Canadian Grants Business Center Toll Free: 1-888-231-0075

Government Funding for Ferme Bourgeois Farm Inc.

Memramcook, NB –

A new storage facility will be built at Ferme Bourgeois Farm Inc, thanks to the Canadian Federal Government investment. This new facility will help reduce operational costs, increase sales opportunities and improve efficiencies.

The announcement was made by The Parliamentary secretary to the minister of Justice and the Member of Parliament for Moncton, on behalf of the regional minister for New Brunswick,  joined by the Ferme Bourgeois Farm Inc. officials.

The main aspects of this project will be to construct an atmosphere controlled storage facility, using brand new technology developed in Europe. This will centralize and increase apple storage capacity and reduce costs. It will also extend the shelf life and current selling seasons that the Farm see’s per year. The facility will also be used for a number of local apple growers as well.

The total amount of investment from the Canadian government is over $500,000 that will come through a Business Development Program.

 

  • Established in 1932, Ferme Bourgeois Farm is one of New Brunswick’s premier growers and supplier of apples and also produces a number of apple-based beverages including old-fashioned cider, a sparkling apple juice and a line of apple and other fruit wines.
  • Verger Belliveau Orchard provides packaging and storage services for Ferme Bourgeois Farm and other growers in the region and is the largest seller of fresh apples in New Brunswick.

For more information how government funding can help your farm or business please contact the Canadian Grants Business Center at 1-888-231-0075 or visit us at :

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Nova Scotia Farm Succeeds with Community Initiatives

The Bonny Lea Farm team and David Outhouse in Nova Scotia, feel that having connected growing their business and the community is as organic as the products they make to support the green life style.

The current demand for their garden mulch product (mixed blend of hemlock, composted chicken and mulch) is exploding. Their factory will seeon be expanding creating opportunities with special needs in its process.

For more than 40 years, the Chester-based operation has been helping young people with intellectual disabilities develop their potential. As one of the biggest employers in the town, the Farm has built its life skills program on several non-profit business ventures, from herb garden products to custom packaging and wood-working.

Now, the Bark Barn, one of the farm’s most successful businesses, is expanding from 135 sq. m to 450 sq. m, allowing the production line to run inside, rain or shine, all year long.

Of the 45 trainees involved in the program, more than half live at the farm. The others come in every day from their homes in surrounding communities.

In addition to helping them produce more garden products, a bigger barn brings the possibility of expanding the whole operation to include more potential clients on their waiting list.

David says the expansion has been possible thanks to generous private donations and a $143,000 investment from the government’s Innovative Communities Fund.

By integrating good business and good training, Bonny Lea Farm continues to grow opportunities to include everyone in local life and economy.

For more information on innovative funding for your farm or agri-business please contact the Canadian Grants Business Center at 1-888-231-0075

Leading Agricultural Initiatives Lead To Government Funding

Today agricultural development and general farming are getting more cutting edge in their practices. Driven by potential government funding, these agricultural entrepreneurs are coming up with ways to increase output, improving efficiency, and minimize environmental impact.

Currently the Central Canadian provinces are leading the way in minimizing environmental impacts created by agricultural development. In these provinces, the agricultural community is coming up with ways to reduce or recycle waste, push energy saving processing techniques and hardware and adapting JIT (just in time) exporting ideas , minimizing the need for storage and increasing the freshness and healthiness of their produce.

In the Western provinces, agricultural companies are pushing new processing and shipping techniques. These new techniques rely on solar and wind energy to power and reduce industrial emission, leaving a positive impact on the environment while creating newly and highly skilled jobs to operate, maintain and manage these new techniques.

The discussed initiatives are a key to obtaining government funding, by showing that your agricultural business is providing positive impacts you will stand out from the rest of the applicants and be in the driver’s seat for obtaining the government funding you apply for (if applicable to your niche of course!)

The Canadian Grants Business Center provides funding information. For help in finding what programs are available to you, please contact us at:

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Environmental Farm Planning and Government Funding

As a farmer, many key choices need to be made to help improve the health and value of your farm, improve your business and leave behind a legacy for the next generation of farmers.

If you take care of your land, your land will take care of your business in more ways than one.

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary and confidential, self-assessment process that helps farm managers identify the agri-environmental assets and risks on their operations and develop an action plan to reduce the identified risks. By abiding by this voluntary assessment you can increase your chances of being the winning application in any funding that is environmental based in the agriculture industry.

The EFP has been designed to address priority issues that include the potential environmental effects of agriculture on the:

  • quality and supply of water resources
  • health and quality of soils
  • air and atmospheric quality
  • biodiversity and agricultural landscapes

EFPs remain and continue to be a high priority for Federal and Provincial governments in 2016. Since 2004, over 6,000 producers have participated and completed an EFP in Canada, assessing over 9.3 million acres of land and in return being used for writing your business case for your grant application.

The continued adoption of environmental farm planning will enhance Canada’s reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality foods that are produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

By participating in this process, producers are able to:

  • identify existing environmental assets on their farm
  • raise awareness of environmental risks on their farm
  • identify actions to reduce risks
  • improve environmental sustainability
  • improve production efficiency on the farm

By implementing an action plan and adopting beneficial management practices (BMP), producers are able to:

  • help improve air, water and soil quality
  • help conserve biodiversity on farmland
  • help contribute to environmental protection and conservation
  • make commodities more marketable to environmentally conscious consumers around the world
  • demonstrate due diligence as part of a business risk management program

By following your local EFP and focusing on a niche funding programming that is tied to improving ones agriculture environmental footprint your chances of being the winning applicant increase as it sets you as a stand out from the rest of the applicant pack.

For more information on what niche farm funding program that is available to you please contact the Canadian Grants Business Center to see what programs meet your needs:

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5 tips for Preparing a Farm Grant Business Case

Previous grantees say the key to a successful grant application is the same as a solid foundation to a farms business plan:

Layout a strategic blue-print of your farms short and long term vision. Local, provincial and federal government agencies are looking at people who think big and look at the granular scale of things. As there are thousands of applicants in this highly competitive funding area, you will need to follow these top 5 farm funding essentials in writing your proposal.

Assess your financial wants and needs

You will have to decide what type of funding you need to achieve your goals. Do you need funding for equipment? Or to develop your produce line more efficiently? Or to research new marketing venues? You need to firmly assess what requirement you need the funding for. Once you explore your options and assess your wants and needs, you can begin the next step.

Research all available farm grant options for your needs.

After your need is assessed, you will have to begin your market research. This is where the Canadian Grants Business Center comes in. We have invested thousands of hours of research in all available funding for farm and agricultural grants. For 2016 we have the latest funding programs available for you at your provincial and even federal level. We have identified funding programs for different types of farms (organic, artificial, etc…), different types of niches (organizational, research focused, environmental, etc…) and will direct you to the proper funding options available.

Create your Grant Case

Once you find the grant that suits you, you will need to make your business case by filing out a grant application. Your case needs to be clear and concise, follow all the grant requirements carefully, and communicate your potential positive impact on the economy. Communicate all your farming ideas clearly, do not make the grant administrator search to connect how the funding will help your farm based on the grant requirements. Focus on short and long term goals and how you can use the funding to achieve them.

Here are some more tips to keep in mind as you draft your grant application:

    • Realistic timeline: Take into account weather factors and environmental changes. Make sure you give a timeline that can be met.
    • Adequate resources: Make sure you show you can achieve your objectives you’re potential staffing.
    • Evaluation plan: Show that you’re keeping track with a proper blueprint or project time line.
    • Collaboration: Find others in your area that you can collaborate with, show you are willing to branch out and aide others with your project.
    • Sharing: Transparency, everything needs to be layed out, no hidden fences.

Submit your application and prepare for post-mortem learning

Submit your application as soon as possible; there could be many obstacles along the way that you may not foresee. Be prepared for rejection, it is apart of the process, learn, adapt and achieve. Ask the granter why you didn’t get it, this can help you next time in being approved for funding. Don’t argue with the granter; just get feedback for next time.

If you are approved, congratulations, your next steps are critical in achieving your goals.

Continue being pro-active

Be active in the grant community; help your colleagues try to achieve your success. Talk about grants and how they can be beneficial for everyone. Also, you can apply for more funding any time if required as there are no rules on how much funding you can get.

The Canadian Grants Business Center is a leading source of information on Farm Grants and Business Grants. We do the research work, so you don’t have to. Contact us today to see what funding is available for you:

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The Top 5 Funding Opportunities for Canadian Agriculture

Canada’s agriculture industry is quickly becoming the largest focus for the Canadian Government’s business effort for increased funding. Today the Government is helping the agriculture industry increase R&D and approach environmental and artificial challenges that they face everyday. These funding initiatives are helping the industry increase expansion and improve operational efficiencies and, today we will cover the top 5 funding initiatives available for Canadian agricultural business today:

1-Adaptation Opportunities

There are programs available today to help Canadian agricultural business to seize opportunities, respond to issues and drive solutions, along with development and commercialization of products not offered in local or National markets.

2-Marketing

There are funding programs available today to push your agri-business exports to a new level. There are funding programs available for advertising, promotions, product demonstrations, trade shows, trade missions, online presence, and web development. Drive your agri-business to a greater market reach.

3-Processing

There are funding programs available today to increase the processing power of agri-businesses in Canada. If provides processing businesses to innovate in process and manufacturing techniques and to adapt to today’s fast global market place.

4-Safety

There are also funding programs today to help agricultural businesses develop or improve or support safety systems or control points that meet or exceed  Canadian industry standards.

5-Environment

There is an increase emphasis on Canadian environmental sustainability in the agriculture industry. There are funding programs available today to create or improve agricultural practices that are safe to the environment and help controlling challenges caused from climate variability.

The Canadian Grant Business Center is a leading researcher for business funding in Canada. To see what funding is available to you, please visit us at

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5 Reasons to Apply for that Farm Grant

Starting, running and maintaining a farm can become not only a huge physical burden on a person, but also cause financial distress as well. Many farm owners do not know this, but they may be eligible for financial assistance at all levels of the government. The Canadian Government today is making available to all sectors of the farming industry, government funding. Below you will find 5 reasons to start the application process today:

  • Government grants and repayable loans are offered at better terms than regular loans. They are given to select applicants based on certain criteria that the applicants meet. If you are chosen as an approved applicant, this means the government see’s potential in your farm that can benefit you and the economy on the local, provincial or federal level.
  • While it may seem like a caveat, it will actually benefit all parties involved; The funding can only be used to a certain aspect of the farm applying; If the applicant applied for a grant to improve process efficiency, the money can only be spent towards that and only that. With this control, the risk in the funding not returning anything fruitful is minimized.
  • Better than getting a conventional loan. While the approval process could possibly be more difficult, getting a government grant can be less stressful than getting a loan from a financial institution. No matter what you owe the financial institution the money back, but if the endeavour fails, you may risk losing just more than your farm due to the amount owed or the collateral that was put towards the loan.
  • Not a large selection pool. Many people do not know they have funding available to them; this includes any funding that you may be available for. By just finding out what is available for you, already gives you a leg up n the competition.
  • No limitation on the application process. If you meet the criteria, you may be able to get multiple funding from different programs. If your farm is based on dairy and grain production, you may be eligible for funding in programs that touch both those categories.

To learn what you are eligible for, the Canadian Grant Business Center is to answer your questions today. Contact us at today at 1-888-231-0075.

The Canadian Grant Business Center is a Funding Research firm in Canada. Our 2016 publications cover over hundreds of funding programs available throughout Canada for all types of entrepreneurs.