Funding available for agricultural business skills training

Business Management Skills Program will cover 75 per cent of tuition fees or the cost of hiring an instructor for a group

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The Business Management Skills Program is now accepting applications.

“This program helps agricultural producers, new producers and processors, agri-processing industry staff, and producer groups improve their business management skills through timely training and targeted skills development,” said Stephanie Kosinski, business opportunity grant specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

The Growing Forward 2 funded program aims to increase industry profitability; foster skills needed to adapt to industry changes and embrace opportunities; and increase business development and sector sustainability.

“Under the program, 75 per cent of tuition fees or the cost to hire an instructor for a group skill training course is eligible for reimbursement,” said Kosinski. “Individuals can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $10,000 per individual for the life of the program. Groups can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $20,000 per application and a maximum of $40,000 for the life of the program.”

Applications under $500 will not be considered, and travel costs are not covered. Post-secondary courses offered by a degree-granting institution for credit are not eligible, nor are courses offered by institutions used to acquire a professional designation. Conferences, seminars, and speaker series sessions are not eligible.

“Applicants will need to submit a learning plan, noting learning outcomes and documented costs,” said Kosinski. “Proof of completion of the learning plan is required before reimbursement is made.”

For more information contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

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