November 2012 Newsletter

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In This Issue
Meet Our Directors
Save the Date!
AAC Application Tips
Feature Stories
Feature Video & Case Study
AAC Agri-Business/Retail/Food Processor Sector
Recent News
Recent AAC Tweets
Upcoming Application Deadlines


Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program


December 13, 2012

January 31, 2013

Meet Our Directors


 Gord Surgeoner, AAC Director

Gord Surgeoner was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors in 2002. He is one of two agri-business/retail/food processor
representatives on the board. Gord has served on the AAC marketing and communications committee and the agricultural environmental stewardship initiative committee. Click here to read more.

Ron Dancey, AAC Director


Ron Dancey was elected to the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board of directors in 2008. He is one of two agri-business/retail/food processor representatives on the board. Ron currently serves on the AAC audit committee and has previously served on the marketing and communications committee and the food and beverage industry innovation fund committee. Click here to read more. 

AAC Testimonial 


Crystal M

"The AAC process works because it's a good combination of having knowledge of the agri-food industry and a knowledge of the funding program. I get tremendous value in their opinion and guidance on what fits the funding criteria."


-Crystal Mackay

Executive Director

Farm and Food Care

Save the Date!


The AAC AGM will be held on December 6, 2012, at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Invitations have been e-mailed, please reply to Nicole Schmidt at: [email protected].

AAC Application Tips


Before starting a CAAP pre-proposal and/or application, check out these helpful application tips!

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Feature Stories


Harper Government Grows Market Opportunities for Canadian Floriculture


Photo Credit: Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, October 11, 2012 - The Canadian floriculture industry will be able to cultivate new international market opportunities with an investment from the Harper Government. Dean Allison, Member of Parliament (Niagara West-Glanbrook), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today that Flowers Canada Growers (FCG) will receive an investment to help boost sales in global markets. Click here to read more.


Harper Government Helps Foster New Markets for Canada's Organic Sector


Ottawa, Ontario, October 23, 2012 - The Harper Government is helping Canadian organic farmers and producers deliver the highest-quality organic food to consumers at home and abroad. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today two investments that will enhance Canada's organic food industry's competitiveness in global and domestic markets. Click here to read more.


Investment in these projects has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

Feature Video & Case Study


Development of the Organic Council of Ontario


The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) project was a three year project undertaken to form and establish an effective agency to represent the interests of participants and stakeholders in Ontario's organic sector. The project was started in 2005 with the intention of fully constructing the council from the ground up. Early objectives included strong internal and external communication strategies, as well as pursuing advocacy and support for the organic sector from industry and government.


Throughout the three year project, numerous major milestones were achieved. The organization started almost entirely dependent upon outside funding and moved quickly towards organizational sustainability. While the growth of the OCO continues, its rapid development towards self-sufficiency has been exceptional for a fledgling non-profit. Click here to read more.


Click below to watch the video.


OCO Vid  

Recent News


October 2012

Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre


October 4, 2012

Building on twenty-eight years of impact

Recent AAC Tweets


October 30, 2012

Study finds efforts to increase drought tolerance of #soybean varieties well warranted:  @GrainFarmers #OntAg

October 25, 2012

Get your #CAAP preproposal and application ready for the next December 13 cutoff. Find program info here:  #OntAg

October 25, 2012

Thanking you for the RT's @IAFBC & @LOassocMag

October 23, 2012

#CAAP funding to assist #Canada's #organic food industry's competitiveness in global and domestic markets:  #OntAg

October 23, 2012

Thanks for the follows! @VPErieInovation, @CouncilBlueman, @Gotagresearch

October 22, 2012

#CAAP funding supports new pest control practices for #Ontario #flower growers. Read announcement here:  #OntAg

October 17, 2012

Check out AAC's #FIP highlight & overview report:  #OntAg

October 16, 2012

#FIP project to provide #Ontario #calf producers with key performance indicators. Read story:  #OntAg @OntarioBeef

October 15, 2012

Thanks for your support and RT's: @scottross84 @PaulDeCampo @ontariofresh @mbohl @ROInstitute @AALP @foodandfarming @Bioenterprise03

October 11, 2012

#FIP funding demonstrates positive industry advancements, increasing productivity & competitiveness in #Ontario.  #OntAg