Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 29, 2013 10:16 ET

Growing Forward 2 Programs Launched in Nova Scotia

New Federal-Provincial/Territorial Cost-Shared Programs Designed to Help Position Canada as a World Leader in Agriculture and Agri-Food

SHUBENACADIE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture John MacDonell, today announced the launch of the Growing Forward 2 agricultural policy framework in Nova Scotia.

"Our Government remains focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Nova Scotia's agriculture industry," said Minister Ritz. "Growing Forward 2 provides flexible, innovative programming for Nova Scotia's hardworking producers to ensure that they have the tools necessary to remain innovative, competitive, and to grow in new and existing markets."

Growing Forward 2 is a renewed commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to ensure productivity and profitability for Canada's agricultural sector. With a focus on innovation, competitiveness, and market development, Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry seize future opportunities and realize its full potential as a major driver of the Canadian economy. Programs are also tailored to meet Nova Scotia's diverse regional requirements.

Over the next five years, $37 million in federal and provincial funding will be invested in three primary areas in Nova Scotia: innovation, competitiveness and markets, and adaptability and industry capacity.

"By working with our federal partners, we have secured significant funding to help strengthen our agri-food industry," said Minister MacDonell. "Growing Forward 2 is an investment in the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of Nova Scotia agriculture, helping our industry to be more innovative and sustainable."

The new five-year Growing Forward 2 agreement includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding, as well as $1 billion for federal-only strategic initiatives. The federal government has announced details of its three federal programs: AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness.

Under Growing Forward 2 governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and disasters.

For more information on Growing Forward 2, visit www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward2. Information on Growing Forward 2 programs in Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri.

NOVA SCOTIA BACKGROUNDER: GROWING FORWARD 2

Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial funding program designed to support agriculture and the agri-food sector in Nova Scotia. Over the next five years, the federal and provincial governments will invest a total of $37 million in three areas of Nova Scotia agriculture: Innovation, Competitiveness and Markets, and Adaptability and Industry Capacity.

Innovation: $16,472,500

Research Acceleration ($3,675,000): Supports development and adaptation of new and leading agricultural technologies, and develops highly qualified personnel to serve the research and innovation needs of the agriculture and agri-food industry.

Farm Innovation ($1,450,000): Accelerates the pace of innovation on farms through product design, production practices, and marketing and launch activities.

Environmental Management and Innovation ($8,397,500): Increases awareness of environmental issues and helps producers implement environmental stewardship initiatives by funding the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program and Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs).

Agri-Products Innovation and Commercialization ($2,950,000): Supports the innovation and commercialization of new agri-based products, bio-products and processes, including market launch and pilot testing of agri-products, bio-products and process improvements that result in a lower carbon footprint.

Competitiveness and Markets: $11,475,000

Industry Growth and Development ($4,550,000): Promotes investment in the agri-food industry, attracts new producers to agriculture, provides small and developing farms with resources to become more environmentally sustainable and economically viable, and promotes safer farm working environments to address safety needs of farm workers.

Assurance Systems ($4,800,000): Supports industry capacity to meet market requirements in domestic and international markets by enhancing the already high security level in Nova Scotia's food safety systems to meet market demands, and by supporting the adoption of national and market-based assurance systems when applicable.

Market Development and Investment Attraction ($2,125,000): Supports expansion of market opportunities for Nova Scotia food products in new and emerging international markets.

Adaptability and Industry Capacity: $6,000,000

Business Development ($2,500,000): Supports business development capacity to improve risk management practices, encourage entrepreneurial growth, and develop leadership capacity in Canada's agri-food industry.

Strategic Priorities ($3,500,000): Addresses strategic priority issues for the agri-food sector as they arise and includes components of critical infrastructure, as well as resources to assess and act on emerging opportunities.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Jeff English
    Press Secretary
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Avril Vollenhoven
    Regional Communications Officer- Nova Scotia
    Office: 902-426-2353
    Cell: 902-802-4612

    Krista Higdon
    Communications Advisor
    Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture,
    Fisheries and Aquaculture
    902-424-8860