Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 22, 2005 15:27 ET

AAFC: $4 Million Announced for Renewal Initiatives in Alberta



MARCH 22, 2005 - 15:27 ET

AAFC: $4 Million Announced for Renewal Initiatives in

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) - Agriculture and
Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell and Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural
Development Minister Doug Horner today announced funding of $4 million
for five agriculture renewal initiatives in Alberta.

The initiatives, identified under the Canada-Alberta Renewal Collateral
Agreement, will support the work of advisors under the Canadian Farm
Business Advisory Services. They will also support development and
delivery of tools, information and skills development initiatives for
farmers and farm families.

"By working together, governments are able to help producers increase
their profitability," said Minister Mitchell. "These programs will
provide producers with the tools, knowledge and advice they need to

Minister Horner said the five initiatives are essential for producers
wanting to further develop their business. "These funds will support
renewal initiatives that meet the unique needs of Alberta producers,
ensuring our producers have access to the information and resources they
need to excel," he said.

Of the five initiatives receiving funding, the Agriculture and Food
Council will receive $1.5 million to augment the Innovation in
Agribusiness Management Fund.

According to Art Froehlich, Chair of the Council, the fund primarily
supports initiatives in human resource management, risk management and
assessment, transition, succession and leadership. "The overall goal of
the fund is to support Alberta producers in developing innovative, new
ideas and resources to assist their businesses," he said.

Four provincial government initiatives will receive $2.5 million in
funding from the Government of Canada. These initiatives will provide
advisors with information, tools and training in the area of benchmarks,
risk management, new opportunities, feasibility assessment and
succession planning. They will build leadership and management skills
for application of best management practices by farm managers; provide
research into key benchmarks and best practices for advisors working
with individual firms; and conduct research and analysis to identify
best opportunities for provincial agri-businesses.

The goal of the Renewal chapter of the Agricultural Policy Framework
(APF) is to provide farmers with the skills, knowledge and tools they
need to succeed in farming. For more information on Renewal and the APF,
please consult Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's website at or call 1-866-452-5558, or contact Alberta
Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at (403) 556-4278.


Contact Information

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Alberta Ag Media Line
    (780) 422-1005
    Agriculture and Food Council
    Leanne Fischbuch, P.Ag
    Communications and IAMF Manager
    (780) 955-3714 ext.228