N.S. ag innovation fund seeks projects

Ag-based products, technology and on-farm ideas hatched in Nova Scotia are the expected beneficiaries from a new $3.9 million federal/provincial Innovation Fund.

The new fund, supported 60-40 by Ottawa and the provincial government under the Growing Forward ag policy framework, will back “research, innovations in marketing and developing new products as well as on-farm technology that boosts competitiveness,” the province said in a release Tuesday.

The fund is meant to support “market-oriented, consumer-driven initiatives,” Agriculture Minister John MacDonell said in the release.

The fund’s three categories of interest are:

  • “Technology Development 2000,” aimed at research activities that support “new, leading agricultural technologies and knowledge;”
  • “Innovation and Commercialization of New Opportunities for Agri-Based Products,” meant to support “near market-ready and pre-research technology” for development of “innovations, markets and business opportunities;” and
  • “Supporting the Innovation Capacity of Farmers,” to develop or adapt technical innovations for “on-farm profitability and competitiveness.”

Fund information and application forms are available online or by calling the province’s Programs and Business Risk Management Office at 1-866-844-4276.

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