Grains Innovation Fund Now Accepting Applications

GUELPH, ON (September 24, 2018) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers is now accepting applications for the 2019 Grains Innovation Fund. The Grains Innovation Fund supports the development of new and expanded products and processes using Ontario grain crops or crop residues.

“The Grains Innovation Fund was officially launched in 2010 and has supported 40 projects to date with over $1 million in funding,” says Justin Shepherd, market development coordinator at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Grain Farmers of Ontario is proud that eligible Grains Innovation fund projects will positively impact Ontario grain farmers through increased returns to farmers or increased use of Ontario grains.”

Projects that satisfy the eligibility criteria for the Grains Innovation Fund can receive up to 60% of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $50,000. Eligible projects must either open new markets for Ontario grains, expand the use and demand for Ontario grains, promote Ontario grains as the best choice, identity preserve varieties for novel uses, and/or increase the value (premiums) for Ontario grains.

“All applications into the Grains Innovation Fund are reviewed by the Market Development Committee, which includes Grain Farmers of Ontario directors and farmer-members,” says Shepherd. “We are pleased to support new initiatives and growth opportunities this year through the fund.”

Applications for the Grains Innovation Fund must be submitted by November 1, 2018. Information about the fund and the application process is available at www.gfo.ca/market-development or by contacting Justin Shepherd, market development coordinator at jshepherd@gfo.ca or 1-519-837-2285.

Contact

Justin Shepherd, Market Development Coordinator  – 519 837-2285; jshepherd@gfo.ca
Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications – 226 820-6641; vberry@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.