Capturing Crop Development Opportunities
This sub-program provides opportunity to: 1) capitalize on crop development opportunities in New Brunswick; 2) advance crops sectors that have growth potential within New Brunswick and 3) add value to crops by optimizing their uses in non-food/feed markets. Initiative funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and NBDAA. Program ends March 31, 2014.
Farmers, groups of farmers, industry associations, non-government organizations, institutions, academic institutions, agribusinesses and other individuals or groups capable of achieving the objectives.
This Initiative will not fund activities eligible under the Canada – New Brunswick Growing Forward suite of programs.
A) For new crop development opportunities, funding will be provided for activities which help reduce risk and encourage production associated with the introduction of new crops. Examples of eligible activities would include but are not limited to: contracting of consultants, seed costs, coordinators and/or scouts with expertise in the required production/management areas to advise producers during the introduction period. If strategic minor infrastructure is required to support and encourage production it may also be considered. Production trials, strategic investigative travel, value chain development, crop management activities, production manual development, activities associated with satisfying regulatory requirements associated with new crop introductions and specialized equipment to be shared amongst producers will also be considered.
B) Funding for crop sectors that have identified growth opportunities will be provided on a sector basis. Those sectors which have completed strategic plans which identify the opportunities and have strong rationale for the requirements necessary to capture these opportunities will be given priority. Requests from industry associations to target growth opportunities through sector programming will be considered for funding. Individuals or groups who have identified a crop growth opportunity may also be considered if the identified opportunity has the potential to benefit the respective sector or provide for new regional developmental opportunities.
C) Funding for activities that could add value to New Brunswick grown crops by optimizing their use in non-food/feed markets will be provided. Activities associated with the development and evaluation of products for bio-industrial uses such as biofuels, bioenergy, biolubricants, pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, biocomposites, oils, fiber or bioplastics will be eligible. Examples of eligible activities would include, but are not limited to: strategic investigative travel, crop management and production trials, production manual development, value chain development, crop and land inventory and other related studies, projects targeted at building bio-product research capacity in New Brunswick and cost of equipment directly related to the project.