Growing Forward 2 programs launched

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SHUBENACADIE – A new bilateral agreement for the agriculture and agri-food section in the province has been announced under Growing Forward 2.

Growing Forward 2 is a renewed commitment by the federal, provincial and territorial (municipal) governments to ensure productivity and profitability for Canada's agricultural sector.

During 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.

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 with the flexibility to meet Nova Scotia's diverse regional requirements.

“By working with our federal partners, we have secured significant funding to help strengthen our agri-food industry,” said John MacDonell, agriculture minister.

“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,” MacDonell said.

“Growing Forward 2 provides flexible, innovative programming for Nova Scotia's hard-working producers to ensure that the industry has the tools available to remain innovative and competitive, as well as to grow in new and existing markets,” said Gerry Ritz, federal agricultural minister.

The five-year Growing Forward 2 agreement includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial (municipal) 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.

There will be a series of information meetings across Nova Scotia on June 3. For more details on meeting locations and times, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/agri/.

For more information on Growing Forward 2, visit www.agr.gc.ca/GrowingForward2.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada

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