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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 17, 2005 09:58 ET

CASS Program Will Support Farmers Seeking Skills and Learning Development


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FOR: AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA

MARCH 17, 2005 - 09:58 ET

CASS Program Will Support Farmers Seeking Skills and
Learning Development

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - On
behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell,
Parliamentary Secretary Wayne Easter, and Prince Edward Island
Agriculture Minister Kevin MacAdam today announced a new program
designed to help new and established farmers and their spouses increase
their family income through improved farm practices or increased
off-farm income. The announcement was made today at an event in downtown
Charlottetown.

The Canadian Agriculture Skills Service (CASS) will make up to $520,000
available to PEI farmers over the next three years to help cover the
costs of training, books and course fees. The program will also help
applicants develop learning plans. The goal of the program is to help
farm families to improve their income by developing the new skills
required for an increasingly complex business environment, and to
capture new opportunities in agriculture.

"Acquiring skills and training in new areas is more important than ever
before if producers want to meet global market challenges and
opportunities," said Wayne Easter. "Both the federal and provincial
governments are working to ensure that producers have the tools they
need to increase the competitiveness of their businesses and their
potential for new income."

"The development of knowledge and skills is crucial to the overall
success of farm operations, and this program will go a long way to
meeting the needs of producers for ongoing training opportunities," said
Prince Edward Island Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister
Kevin MacAdam. "At the same time, it will make a major contribution to
our Future Farmer program, with its emphasis on helping people acquire
the knowledge and skills so essential in today's agriculture industry."

The CASS program is being delivered on Prince Edward Island by the
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture in a partnership
with Holland College. Holland College will use its expertise in adult
learning to help eligible farmers develop and implement successful
learning plans under the CASS program.

"The College recognizes the importance of the agricultural sector in
this province and has formed a strategic partnership with the PEI
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture," said Holland
College president Alex MacAulay. "We are pleased to be a partner in this
initiative and to provide the support required that will allow farmers
to address their requirements for training and human resource
development."

The CASS program will be available on P.E.I. immediately until March,
2008. More information about this and other renewal programs can be
found at http://www.peifarm.ca or at http://www.agr.gc.ca\renewal.
Anyone interested in applying may contact the Prince Edward Island
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Farm Management
Specialist at 1-866-734-3276.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Minister Mitchell's Office
    Elizabeth Whiting
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    P.E.I. Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture
    Charlottetown, PEI
    Wayne MacKinnon, Communications
    (902) 368-4888