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Apply for your $5,000 today! (Agri-food peeps only)

Friday, April 25, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT STE MARIE INNOVATION CENTRE
 
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The Rural Agri-Innovation Network, a project of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and NORDIK Institute, announced a new funding initiative for local food and agricultural producers in Northern Ontario.
 
The Sustainable New Agricultural Products (SNAP) Program will provide farmers or agri-food businesses up to $5,000 toward the purchase of equipment to create new agriculture or food products.
 
The $290,000 in funding for the SNAP Program, provided by the Northern Ontario Development Program through FedNor, will be administered by a group of organizations from across the north.
 
The Rural Agri-Innovation Network in Sault Ste. Marie, Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative in Sudbury, Northeast Community Network (NeCN) in Kapuskasing, and Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances are regionally administering the program, fielding applications and encouraging local food and agricultural producers to apply for funding.
 
“In Northern Ontario, many agriculture and food businesses have difficulty funding equipment purchases for value-added processing. The SNAP Program will provide funding to support this need, and result in more agriculture and food products being produced in the north,” said Errol Caldwell, Co-Chair, Rural Agri-Innovation Network. 
 
The SNAP Program will be accepting applications from April 24, 2014 through to September 1, 2014.
 
Applications will be reviewed continuously during this period, to ensure equipment purchases can be made in time for the upcoming growing season.

“We understand this is a busy time of year for farmers and agricultural businesses, but the SNAP Program is a great opportunity to purchase equipment for the growing season that can increase business and sales,” explained Peggy Baillie, Managing Director, Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative.
 
For more information on the SNAP Program, including application forms and contact information, please visit www.rainalgoma.ca/SNAP.
 
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VEROTIK 4/25/2014 1:24:33 PM Report

Don't forget to arrive without your $200 non refundable application fee!
rockbanger 4/26/2014 10:22:14 AM Report

Is this a ploy to start growing GM crops here in the north?

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