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New Man. ag program supports industry

New Man. ag program supports industry

Manitoba 4H Council staff will administer the Alexander Cherban Agriculture Industry Development Program

Staff Writer

Representatives from the Government of Manitoba recently announced a new program to support the ag and food industry in the province.

The Alexander Cherban Agriculture Industry Development Program was created from some of the proceeds of Cherban’s estate given to Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development.

The program provides up to $50,000 per year for projects of local non-profit organizations, governments and academic institutions for innovative provincewide programs, said the release.

“The purpose of it is to provide support to Manitoba non-profit organizations, and to give awareness to agriculture and hopefully help Manitoba's economy,” said Candace Tolton.

She is the president of Manitoba 4-H Council, who will administer the program.

Staff from “Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development approached us and asked if we would be interested in being part of this program. We are honored that the government trusts us and chose us to implement this program,” Tolton told

Intake for the 2021 program is open and applicants have until Feb. 28, 2021 to apply.

“It's a really great opportunity for non-profit organizations in our province. The purpose is to support agriculture development opportunities, such as skills development, promotion of career opportunities in the ag industry,” said Tolton. “I think it will really benefit lots of our rural communities once people are aware of this.”

People can find more information on the program and apply here.

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