Strong Partnership in Action
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To accelerate the effectiveness and long-term success of Growing Forward 2 (GF2) in Ontario, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Below you will find a list of our GF2 Partners and description of each.
The AAC is a not-for-profit organization that is made up of over 60 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. As leaders in administering government funding they administer the Growing Forward 2 program to organizations and collaborations. Refer to the AAC website for information.
AMI develops innovative business models, tools, resources and training for the agriculture and agri-food sectors. These initiatives are designed to improve business management and leadership practices for producers and processors.
Some key AMI projects include:
Refer to the AMI website for information.
The ATCC works in the areas of commercialization, business and market development in the agriculture, food and agri-product sectors. ATCC provides access to networks of entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. By facilitating the development, commercialization and adoption of new technologies the ATCC is leading a more competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector in Ontario. To learn more about the services offered by the ATCC and their partners, refer to the ATCC website.
BLOOM is a private not-for-profit organization that has significant experience working with the food and beverage industry to implement clean technologies and sustainable practices. As a trusted 3rd party, BLOOM works closely with food and beverage companies to understand their water and wastewater issues, and to identify practical and business-case driven solutions. This includes conducting pilot projects to test and assess the performance of technologies and equipment under actual operating conditions. For more information, visits the BLOOM website.
EMC is Canada's largest manufacturing consortium. This unique organization is dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world. Under Growing Forward 2, EMC created the "Food, Beverage and Bio-sector" labour productivity initiative. This initiative will help companies to grow their labour productivity capabilities, provide diagnostic tools, resources, and benchmarking information and offer training and outreach programs. Refer to the EMC website for more information.
Farm & Food Care Ontario (FFCO) is not-for-profit agricultural education coalition that brings farmers, agricultural professionals, businesses, government, and other groups together. They provide credible information on food and farming in Ontario. FFCO will deliver two initiatives.
For more information, visit the FFCO website.
FBO is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing industry. Under GF2, FBO is:
For more information, visit the FBO website.
GFO represents 28,000 corn, soybeans and wheat growers that farm over five million acres of farm land across the province. The organization is highly effective in transferring plant health knowledge to farmers through mobile applications, electronic and print media. Under Growing Forward 2, GFO will develop new plant health resources and refine existing ones. Projects include developing new mobile smartphone applications and upgrading to modern mobile web operating systems for production and plant health purposes.
For more information, visit the GFO website.
LRIC moves livestock research and innovation in the Ontario livestock sector forward. LRIC works with industry, academia and government partners to coordinate research initiatives. LRIC's ensures that research dollars are directed to targeted and well-designed projects and the resulting research is effectively shared. Refer to the LRIC website.
NSF-GFTC is a global leader in food safety, training, quality and technical solutions. Under Growing Forward 2, NSF-GFTC offers one-day food safety and traceability workshops for Ontario food and beverage processors. Processors will gain essential skills from industry leaders about the latest food safety practices. Processors learn ways to improve or leverage their traceability systems.
Refer to the NSF-GFTC website for workshop details.
OAFT supports business-to-business market retention and expansion by proactively supporting and coordinating research, and the development and commercialization of new agri-food technologies in Ontario and global markets. Ontario businesses can address short term research needs and business opportunities to help market their innovation through OAFT's Rapid Response programs.
Refer to the OAFT website.
OGVG is a not-for-profit organization representing farmers who grow greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers in Ontario. The sector is a dynamic, innovative group who are continuously adopting new technologies, ideas and innovations to provide high quality fresh safe products. Under Growing Forward 2 OGVC will conduct six pilot projects to determine the feasibility of full year greenhouse production to maintain and expand market opportunities. Refer to the OGVG website.
OLPC is an industry funded organization that provides a forum for the livestock and poultry industries to come together to develop strategies to deal with important animal health issues. OLPC will support the implementation of the national biosecurity standards by:
Refer to the OLPC website.
The OSCIA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop, communicate and facilitate economic management of soil, water and crops.
The OSCIA has significant experience in the development and delivery of farm and field demonstrations, environmental cost-share programs and educational programs. Since 1992, OSCIA has been educating Ontario farmers about on-farm environmental concerns using the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workbook.
Under Growing Forward 2 OSCIA:
Refer to the OSCIA website for more information.
The leading voice on sustainability in the food and beverage industry, Provision consists of 11 member associations that represent the sustainability interests of manufacturers and suppliers across Canada. Provision is committed to helping its member companies enjoy the economic, environmental and social benefits that come with operating in a sustainable manner.
Provision's Online Sustainability Portal offers innovative, web-based sustainability tools and resources to help food and beverage manufacturers assess, monitor and improve their sustainability performance. Making use of the portal, manufacturers can benefit from lower production costs, a reduced environmental impact, improved employee morale and a thriving bottom line. To find out more visit Provision's Sustainability Portal.
The University of Guelph is an internationally recognized academic institution with in-depth expertise in agriculture, food and the agri-producsts sector. Under Growing Forward 2, support will be provided to cultivate this expertise through the Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) program to ensure that research is effectively developed, transferred and adopted by supporting Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT), and by fostering industry-academic collaborations in early-stage commercialization.
More information on these initiatives is available on the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership website.
Vineland is a leading-edge research institution that delivers industry-driven, collaborative research to Ontario's horticulture sector. Vineland connects research with industry to leverage the best results for Ontario's horticulture sector and consumers. Refer to the Vineland website.
WSPS provides health and safety solutions for employers and employees in Ontario. With over 150 years of industry experience, WSPS develop safety projects for farmers, youth and older workers for over a decade.
Ontario farm businesses hire over 20,000 seasonal farm workers primarily from Mexico and the Caribbean. As a Growing Forward 2 partner, WSPS is producing farm safety materials in Spanish for seasonal farm workers. These materials will be promoted through print and digital formats. Visit the WSPS website to learn more.
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