New Federal Agriculture Program May be of Interest

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The newletter item that follows came in a newsletter from PEI which included an article on CAAP which is a possible funding program for agricultural and local food co-ops.  This article focuses on PEI, but there are similar councils in every province and territory with mostly farmers on the board of directors.  They are listed … Continued

Update: ICP Grant Component of the CDI

Update on the recent competition for Innovative Co-operatives Project (ICP) grants, 25 August 2009   The process of assessing and selecting the successful applicants for the ICP program of the Co-op Development Initiative (CDI) is moving along with considerable speed.   The initial assessments have been completed. The peer review of initial assessments will be … Continued

Slaughter Improvement Program

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SLAUGHTER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE   OTTAWA, Ontario, July 3, 2009 – The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture) is encouraging all potential applicants to apply for the new federal Slaughter Improvement Program (SIP). The three-year, $50-million program is now accepting applications.   … Continued

The Co-operators Announces Grants

The Co-operators Announces Grants to Community-Based Organizations in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. Community-Based Organizations Benefit from $213,000 from The Co-operators Guelph, ON, May 26, 2009 – Today, The Co-operators announced $213,000 in grants to support the work of 11 community-based organizations that help disadvantaged people move toward self-reliance. Each of the organizations provides important services … Continued

Support Renewal of CDI!

Canada’s national co-op associations are asking co-ops and their members across the country to join the campaign to renew the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), a federal program that helps promote and develop new and emerging co-ops. CDI is a unique partnership program between the federal government, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien … Continued

US company to use technology from Nipawin Biomass Ethanol Co-op

A California company will probably be the first user of the catalytic technology that was developed for a future ethanol plant at Nipawin. Fulcrum BioEnergy recently announced plans to build a commercial-scale plant that will use municipal solid waste to produce ethanol. Construction of the plant, to be located just outside Reno in Storey County, … Continued

Buy your rainbow chard and eggplants at work

VICTORIA – They are the flying squad of fruits and vegetables. They swoop into churches and offices and perch on suburban street corners – one-person produce stands with a mission to bring local, organic ingredients to consumers. They are pocket markets, the brainchild of Food Roots, a Victoria-based distributor’s co-op. Leading the charge is Food … Continued