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Lethbridge firm to deliver CASS in Alta.

Execuserv Plus, a Lethbridge management consulting firm, has signed on to deliver the Canadian Agricultural Skills Service (CASS) program to farmers in southern Alberta.

The company’s contract runs until March 31, 2009, when the five-year federal/provincial Agricultural Policy Framework officially ends, the province said Friday. The APF, which funded CASS, was extended in November to run until April 1, 2009 while the governments work on its replacement, “Growing Forward.”

CASS was established under the APF’s “renewal” pillar as a way to help farmers and their spouses develop skills to improve farm practices and increase their income potential, the province said.

“CASS could help new and established farm families enhance their income by developing new skills in an increasingly complex business environment, capture new opportunities in agriculture or develop off-farm income,” the province said.

The program offers support for the costs of formal training such as college courses or informal training such as short-term workshops or courses.

The province advised southern Alberta farm families who are still interested in enrolling in CASS to contact Execuserv directly.

The company’s clientele includes various levels of government agencies, non-profits, retailers, tourism and the service industry, operating in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan.

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