Growing Forward 2 rolled out in Nova Scotia
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Growing Forward 2, an agricultural policy framework between the federal, provincial and territorial governments was launched in Nova Scotia on Wednesday.
In a news release Minister Ritz said “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." Minister Ritz was joined by Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture John MacDonell, who praised his federal partners - noting that the funding will help strengthen the agri-food economy in the province.
Over a five-year period, Growing Forward 2 will invest $37 million into Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry focusing on – innovation, competitiveness and markets, and industry capacity.
Other highlights include:
•$2-billion for federal, provincial and strategic initiatives (over five years)
•50% increase in cost-shared related funding
•$1-billion for federal initiatives
•Business Risk Management (BRM) will continue to receive ongoing funding to serve as a tool to protect farmers against market volatility and disasters.