[microfarmer] Fw: [coabc_list] Canadian Ag initiatives

  • From: "Robin Wheeler" <robin54@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <microfarmer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 18:00:31 -0700

Some info on grants - and don't forget the roundtable at the Hall Wednesday 

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From: rochelle 
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Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 3:26 PM
Subject: [coabc_list] Canadian Ag initiatives


I felt the need to point to a few federal initiatives which give direct 
financial support to farmers that have looming cut-off dates. I am no expert in 
any of these; but each one has restrictions, deadlines and associated 
application paperwork. 

  1.. "The Canadian Farm Families Options Program - for those who received farm 
income assistance payment in 2005 (including applicants who were eligible but 
were not issued a cheque because it was less than $100). 
http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1176921918054&lang=e The 
deadline for the next round has been extended to November 30, 2007 The Canadian 
Farm Families Options Program (Options) is designed to provide short-term 
income assistance to farmers and their families while they pursue training and 
advice to improve their business prospects and income for the long term." toll 
free at 1-866-367-8506 

  2.. "The Canadian Agricultural Skills Service (CASS) program will provide 
funding to beginning and established farmers and their spouses to develop a 
learning plan and take courses to help them gain the skills they need to reach 
their goals. CASS will assist farm families to acquire on-farm skills, or 
skills and training to pursue other income options, or both." And as far as I 
understood from what I read the educational component for some applicants may 
need to be completed by March 31, 2008 from some applicants. 
from BC Phone: 1-800 O CANADA 

  3.. Farm Business Assessment - "Once you have decided to participate in the 
Farm Business Assessment, it's time to start turning your goals into a reality. 
A business planning professional will provide you with a confidential, 
independent, one-on-one financial review. Valued at $2,500, you may be required 
to pay $100 (this fee is waived for producers who qualify under the Canadian 
Farm Families Options Program) for the following services: Farm Financial 
Assessment, Action Plan and Followup. " Can't find a deadline on this one and 
there are multiple avenues to access this program 

  4.. Specialized Business Planning Services (SBPS) provides you with financial 
support to help with comprehensive business or succession planning. Through 
SBPS, you can access funds to help pay for the services of a consultant to 
develop detailed business plans for your farm operations.. deadline March 31, 

A complete list of all federal ag programs (and there are a lot more then the 
few listed above) is posted at http://www.agr.gc.ca/index_e.php?s1=prog 

Rochelle Eisen 
COABC's Organic Extension Agent
250 547.6573 (h) 
250.306.7980 (c)
250.306.6580 (f)

Box 370 Lumby BC V0E 2G0

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