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Drive Away Hunger campaign underway

Donations of cash and food are now being accepted at Farm Credit Canada offices for this year’s Drive Away Hunger campaign. The initiative supports meal programs in 100 schools across the country and since its inception, has provided more than 50 million meals. According to Food Banks Canada, more than four million Canadians — both […] Read more

Deadline fast approaching for FCC AgriSpirit Fund

Applications being accepted until March 29

Applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund are being accepted until March 29. The fund provides grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for community improvement initiatives, such as capital expenditures on equipment purchase and installation; energy-efficient building improvements; and repairs and purchasing of rescue and fire […] Read more

4-H clubs receive $114,000 in grants

Sixty 4-H clubs in Alberta have received $29,585 from Farm Credit Canada 4-H Club Fund. The fund awards up to $500 for a wide range of projects including achievement days, skill-building workshops, field trips, public speaking competitions, and the purchase of club supplies. In total, the fund gave grants totalling $114,250 to 233 4-H clubs […] Read more

Drive Away Hunger food drive surpasses target

Farm Credit Canada’s annual Drive Away Hunger initiative has provided more than 9.5 million meals for food banks and feeding programs nationwide. To mark the 15th anniversary of the program, teams drove tractors through various communities to collect food and donations for 15 days this fall. The effort in Alberta generated more than 570,000 meals. […] Read more

Farms in financial good shape, says Farm Credit Canada

Although total farm debt in Canada now tops $100 billion, the sector is “well positioned to thrive in the current economic and financial environment,” says the chief economist with Farm Credit Canada. “The current debt-to-asset ratio in agriculture remains lower than the 10-year average… and farm liquidity remains healthy,” said JP Gervais. A relatively low […] Read more

Drive Away Hunger campaign underway

People wanting to contribute to the FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign can drop off donations of food or cash at Farm Credit Canada offices across the province until Oct. 18. It’s the 15th year for the campaign by the Crown ag lender, which is marked by “tractor tours” across the country. In Alberta, these will […] Read more

Seventeen Alberta community projects receive grants

Seventeen Alberta communities have received grants for projects such as fire and rescue equipment, play structures, and facility repairs or upgrades. Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund is donating $1.5 million to 84 groups across the country. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, are aimed at enhancing the lives of rural residents or contributing to […] Read more

Alberta library gets FCC grant for bilingual programming

The Falher Library/Bibliothèque Dentiger is one of 10 community groups to receive a grant from the FCC Expression Fund. “This library is a vibrant bilingual learning and social centre serving two municipalities and the surrounding area,” said Farm Credit Canada. “FCC funds will allow this BiblioTECH to expand and promote its French e-learning resources and […] Read more

AgriSpirit Fund applications due this month

Application deadline is March 29

Applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada are now being accepted for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund. The fund will award $1.5 million in funding this year. The application deadline is March 29. Rural community groups can view the eligibility requirements, past projects and apply online by visiting ‘FCC AgriSpirit Fund’ on the […] Read more

Canada’s Agriculture Day coming soon

Celebration to be held on Feb. 13

The second annual celebration of Canada’s Agriculture Day will be held on Feb. 13. The day highlights a sector of the economy that employs one in eight Canadians. Last year’s Agriculture Day was marked by hundreds of events across the country and by food conversations conducted through social media. Individuals are encouraged to make a […] Read more