Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is a three-day agricultural event held at Canada’s Outdoor Park in Woodstock, Ontario. This event is expecting to draw in approximately 42,900 attendees and over 750 exhibitors from September 15-17, 2015. The gates open from 8:30 A.M to 5:00 P.M. This informative event will be useful for farmers and other agriculture and agri-food professionals who work in the beef, goat, sheep, swine, and poultry industries. Although programming is subject to change, attendees will have the opportunity to observe demonstrations of state-of-the-art agricultural technologies, such as  sprayer, manure application, soil stabilizer, cattle handling, and planting and seeding technologies. In addition to learning about the latest products and services available in market, farmers will also be given the opportunity to learn about traceability programs as well as government funding, specifically the federal-provincial-territorial Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program.

Under the GF2 program, there are various funding options that companies in the agriculture and agri-food industry may be eligible for if they are involved in R&D activities as well as the commercialization/adoption of innovative products. One such initiative is AgriInnovation, which has two funding streams: the Research and Development Stream (Grant) and the Enabling Commercialization Stream (Loan). In the grant-based R&D stream, companies may receive up to 50% of eligible costs as a non-repayable grant. Eligible expenditures include travel, contractors, administration, salaries/benefits, and project-related equipment. In the loan-based commercialization stream, companies may be eligible for an interest-free loan for 50% of eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $10 million, related to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products.

With 20 years’ experience in securing government funding for companies that conduct R&D activities, our team of engineers and technical writers can assist with both AgriInnovation streams.