Council moves to four CAAP application deadlines per year
Beef, bees and bison are just a few of the Manitoba agriculture industries benefiting from Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) funding. Since April 2009, the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council (MRAC) Board of Directors has approved CAAP funding for 50 projects for a total commitment of approximately $3.5 million.
These projects include preparing a business plan for a Boreal Forest winery; forming an organic alliance; researching Johne’s Disease in cattle; identifying ways to utilize secondary cuts of bison meat; creating food products for baby boomers; studying sow group housing options; identifying Canadian honeys; researching alternative wheat variety identification; and much more. For a complete list of projects please visit the MRAC website at www.mrac.ca.
“Through CAAP funding, MRAC continues to support leading edge research that will advance the agriculture sector in Manitoba,” said MRAC Chair Barry Routledge. “The results of these innovative projects will trickle down to producers, processors and consumers.”
CAAP is a five-year (2009-2014), $163 million Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada initiative that aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. In Manitoba, CAAP is administered by MRAC.
MRAC encourages CAAP project proposals that explore alternative energy, climate change, environment, traceability or value chain solutions, which support our Priority Plan.
Please note there are now four CAAP application deadlines per year rather than five. The new dates are: February 28, May 31, August 31 and November 30.
For more information on CAAP in Manitoba, please visit www.mrac.ca/content/canadian-agricultural-adaptation-program-caap or call toll free 1.800.216.9767. To learn more about national CAAP, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/caap or call toll free 1.877.290.2188.
For more information or interviews contact:Teresa Falk Communications Officer Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council Inc. (MRAC) Office: 204.982.4796 Cellular: 204.227.7792 E-mail: [email protected]