Ontario and and national organic associations funded

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced funding of $180,000 for the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and $152,000 for the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO).

The COTA grant from the AgriMarketing Program will "help the association stay ahead of international market trends by participating in international trade shows, developing promotional materials, and building a long-term international strategy for the organic sector," said an AAFC release.

The Organic Council of Ontario grant is from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) "to develop innovative tools and technologies … these innovations include new co-op models, community-shared agriculture projects, and online webinars to improve the organic sector’s social and economic sustainability," the release said.

The investment for the Organic Council of Ontario is provided through CAAP, a five-year (2009-14), $163-million initiative that aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive. In Ontario, the regional component of CAAP is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

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