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While demand has remained high, there is still plenty of opportunity left. Originally, only two intakes had been scheduled for 2017, but a third intake has been added to make sure producers have time plenty of chances to apply. Intake dates for 2017 are:

**Newly added intake

Intake Dates

1          February 3 – 23, 2017

2          April 4 – 18, 2017**

3          May 12 – June 1, 2017

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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) offers cost-share funding assistance, free workshops and training for Ontario producers, processors, organizations and collaborations.

What’s New for GF2?
The following changes have been made to the program:
• Priorities are clearly identified in the program guides
• All projects will be assessed on merit
• Cost-share funding will be capped depending on the project category
• Some project categories have prerequisites as a required condition before clients can apply
• Approval of your project is needed before costs can be incurred and paid

New Dates for GF2
GF2 cost-share funding assistance application intakes for producers and processors are:
• May 1 to May 21, 2015
• August 10 to August 27, 2015
• November 16 to December 3, 2015

For more information visit www.ontario.ca/growingforward2

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Growing Forward 2 Application Deadlines

Producers and Processors:

The next Implementation Application Intake for producers and processors will open on November 10, 2014 and close on December 11, 2014. Please note that the Capacity application stream is still open.
More information and application forms>>

Organizations and Collaborations:
The final 2014 Growing Forward 2 (GF2) application deadline is October 16, 2014. The 2015 deadlines will be available on the AAC website mid-December.

Before submitting an application to the AAC, organizations and collaborations should first review the Capacity Building and Project Implementation program guides. Next, AAC encourages applicants to complete a pre-proposal and submit it to: info@adaptcouncil.org. Full GF2 applications are due on the deadline dates listed on the AAC website. Capacity building funding requests $20,000 and under are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed within 20 business days.

Click here for further GF2 information and to access application templates. Applicants are encouraged to download the most recent version of the templates from the AAC website prior to starting a new application.

Click here to see the listing of the AAC approved GF2 projects.

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The purchase of cleaning and disinfection equipment dedicated to improving biosecurity (such as a pressure washer, footbaths, buckets, boot brushes) are eligible expenses under the Cleaning and Disinfection Capacity section of the GF2 Special Intake program.  A full list of eligible projects can be found in the Program Guideline and Application.

GF2 PED Special Intake Funding is based on eligibility requirements – it is not first come, first served.  Applications for the GF2 intake must be received by March 13, 2014. Growing Forward 2 PED Intake  program guidelines and applications. For PED resources and updates please go to: www.ontario.ca/swine and follow the links.

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The PED Biosecurity Special Intake provides support to the swine industry to improve  biosecurity levels. If you already applied to a previous GF2 intake and some or all of your project activities would be eligible under the GF2-Ontario PED Biosecurity Special Intake, please contact OSCIA (1-800-265-9751)search as you may be eligible for 75% cost share funding on the earlier approved activities. Only one application may be submitted and approved per Premises ID through the PED Biosecurity Special Intake.

PED Special Intake Program Guideline and Application are available here.

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The installation of feed blower pipes is one of the eligible expenses under the Facility Flow Management section of the GF2 PED Special Intake.  Purchasing and installing equipment that reduces the risk of cross contamination with visitors and service providers (e.g. feed blower pipes) can help to limit the spread of PED. A full list of eligible projects can be found in the Program Guideline and Application.

The GF2 Special Intake closes on March 31st. Funding is based on eligibility requirements – it is not first come, first served.

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The federal and provincial governments created a PED Biosecurity Special Intake under Growing Forward 2 (GF2) specifically for businesses in, and related to, the swine industry to address biosecurity challenges related to PED.  The program is available for producers, truckers, abattoirs, assembly yards, and rendering service providers to enhance their biosecurity investments.  Funding is based on eligibility requirements – it is not first come, first served.

This funding is in addition to $2 million given to Ontario Pork to support industry-wide enhancements.

Applications for the GF2 intake must be received by March 13, 2014. Growing Forward 2 PED Intake  program guidelines and applications. For PED resources and updates please go to: www.ontario.ca/swine and follow the links.

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The PED Biosecurity Special Intake supports five project categories – referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs):
1. Construction/modification of a transition area (anteroom)
2. Facility flow management
3. Traffic management
4. Mortality management
5. Cleaning and disinfection capacity

Each Best Management Practice has an associated list of specific eligible activities that may be something you want to implement on your farm or facility. These project ideas are summarized in the Program Guide in Table B.

To find out more about what GF2 special intake may be able to offer you visit Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Biosecurity Special Intake.

For updates and technical information visit Ontario.ca/swine.

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Does everyone who visits your farm know your biosecurity protocols?

Biosecurity procedures need to become routine business practices. You may be practicing good biosecurity but are your staff and service providers aware of what you require?  Now is a good time to review your biosecurity plan with staff and service providers and to review your plan against the National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard .  On-farm biosecurity can keep PED out of your barn.

Growing Forward 2 and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) – Program Guideline and Application are available here.

For updates, advisories, and PED resources, visit www.ontario.ca/swine


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Growing Forward 2 Funding Assistance Program for Producers, Organizations and Collaborations

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and bioproduct businesses, collaborations and organizations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks.

Areas of Focus for GF2 Funding Assistance
Producers, organizations and collaborations can apply for funding assistance in six focus areas, with an emphasis on innovation:
• Environmental and Climate Change
• Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
• Market Development
• Animal and Plant Health
• Labour Productivity Enhancement
• Business and Leadership Development

Capacity Building Funding Assistance
Cost-share is available to support eligible clients to acquire additional skills, to undertake in-depth assessments and audits, and to develop business plans.

Building capacity helps prepare clients to apply for further cost-share to implement a project. Applications for capacity building funding assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Some examples of Capacity Building activities are:
• Cost-share fees for qualified consultants (e.g. Professional Engineer) to conduct an assessment.
• Produce a written report and plan that provides recommendations for implementing improved irrigation and fertigation management BMP’s (e.g. field and greenhouse operations).
• Energy Use Assessment for existing farm buildings that will reduce the dependency on power and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Prevention plan for Wildlife Damage – help reduce crop, livestock or property damage caused by managed wildlife species.
• Market Assessment, Marketing Plan, Communication Material Design.
• Integrated Pest Management Planning.
• Cost of Production Assessment.
• Succession Plans, Expansion Plans, Human Resources Plan, Business Plan.

Implementation Funding Assistance
Clients may be eligible for cost-share for projects that help to achieve their business goals. Applications for project implementation will be reviewed and assessed based on merit. Having a detailed business and/or workplan, budget and applicable permits and approvals in place prior to submitting an application will increase your success in securing cost-share.
Individual farm businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the five-year program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)

Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a free capacity building workshop such as Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (New 4th edition) and Growing Your Farm Profits.

Important Dates:
June 26, 2013 – ongoing application intake for Capacity Building Funding Assistance from all eligible clients

October 28, 2013 to December 12, 2013 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from organizations and collaborations

December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from all eligible clients including, producers, organizations and collaborations

Please visit the GF2 website.

OMAF and MRA have a full listing of programs and services for Ontario farmers on the website and in the Factsheet ‘Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers’. For more information please visit: or call the OMAF and MRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre to request a hard copy of the Factsheet at 1.877.424.1300.

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