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P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Land Minister’s Dedication to Agriculture Award 2022

Deadline Fast Approaching!
 
December 2nd 2022


 


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Fiona Agriculture Support Program
 Fiona Agriculture Support Program

The Fiona Agriculture Support Program will provide financial support to the agriculture industry where extraordinary costs have been incurred associated with agricultural infrastructure, crops, and livestock due to Fiona that are not covered by existing Business Risk Management (BRM) programs and other federal or provincial programs. 

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, an applicant must 

  • be a taxable entity (e.g. individual, corporation or trust), limited partnership, cooperative, or First Nation Band; 
  • have carried on a business of farming in PEI and reported farming income (or loss) within at least one of the last two years (2021, 2022) to the Canada Revenue Agency for income tax purposes, • For applicants who are not required to file farm income tax, acceptable documentation that demonstrates the production and sale of agricultural commodities or services must be provided; 
  • not be a government funded research station, agency or institution; and 
  • have incurred extraordinary costs associated with agricultural infrastructure, crops, livestock, or extraordinary costs on farms and agricultural land as a directly result of Fiona. 

What activities are funded?

This program is composed of four streams:

  1. Stream 1 Agricultural Infrastructure – will provide financial assistance for rebuilding/repairing damaged and/or destroyed agricultural infrastructure as a result of Fiona. To be eligible, the buildings must be currently insured. 
  2. Stream 2 Crops – will provide financial assistance to the agriculture industry for the extraordinary costs related to harvest and crops as a result of Fiona. 
  3. Stream 3 Livestock – will provide financial assistance to the agriculture industry for the extraordinary costs associated with livestock as a result of Fiona. 
  4. Stream 4 Agricultural Land Clean-Up – will provide financial assistance to the agriculture industry for the extraordinary costs of cleaning up after Fiona; particularly for clearing downed trees from farm field access roads, tree lines, and hedgerows that are interfering with normal farming activities and to repair damaged fence lines. Other extraordinary costs will be considered on a case by case basis as determined by program administrators 




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Agriculture Industry Training

We were recently approved by The Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture to hold 3A training and Ag Train the Trainer (more info below) with 100% of the costs covered. Training registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis with available funding open to the Agriculture Industry.  If you would like to register please have your employer contact Erin McCardle at the PEI Agriculture Sector office at 902-892-1091 or jobseast@peiagsc.ca

 Class 3A

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses? We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license. 
Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail jobseast@peiagsc.ca

PLEASE NOTE- FOR CLASS 3A, MEDICALS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE TESTING.



Ag Train the Trainer

PEIAGSC received a National Award from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers for their “Agriculture Train the Trainer Project”

Overview of Agriculture Train the Trainer Training Program:

  • Training the Trainer, for all identified instructors
  • General Farm Safety Awareness
  • Joint OHS Committee Effectiveness
  • WHMIS GHS
  • Working Alone
  • Confined Spaces
  • Safety Management
  • Emergency Situations

Train the Trainer training for ag workers on PEI will result in participating farms having staff fully trained and Certified in Safety, Code of Conduct, OHS, Farm Safety, their farms requirements for Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committees and to promote a safe workplace.

Training- 5 days with instructor Alvin Smith, ASTA or Stewart Franck, Workplace Performance Management

 Please have your farm/employer contact us directly for registration.

Other training opportunities that may become available pending interest and funding are:

  • Food Safety
  • Tractor Safety
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Standard First Aid
  • Defensive Driving
  • Forklift
  • Pesticides 
  • Supervisor Training
  • Mental Health in Agriculture
  • Perennia’s Food Safety Division

 




PEI Farm Team Bursary
 ARE YOU READY TO PLAY ON THE PEI FARM TEAM AND EARN A BURSARY RANGING FROM $1000 TO $2000?
 
PEI Farm Team Student Bursary 
 
PEI Farm Team is an initiative aimed at helping farms find student to work during the Summer months of 2022. The program consists of a bursary of either $1000 or $2000. The program has been amended to allow for immediate family members to qualify for the bursary.
 
TEAM FOOD ISLAND

Are you ready to play on Team Food Island and earn a bonus ranging from $1000-$2000?

High school and post-secondary students working seasonal jobs in Seafood Processing, Agriculture or Aquaculture can earn a $1000-$2000 bonus by working a minimum of 250 hours (high school student and recent grade 12 grads) or 500 hours (post-secondary students).

Students returning to high school in the fall are eligible for a $1000 bonus payment, while those starting or returning to full-time post-secondary studies can qualify for a $2000 bonus.

Step 1: Register for the Student Work Bonus Program

Step 2: Apply for a job on our website.

Step 3: Work the minimum number of hours
(250 for high school students, 500 for post-secondary students).

Step 4: At the end of your work term, your employer pays you your bonus directly.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15TH


 
 
 
PEI Agriculture Sector Council
Sarah Jay
jobs@peiagsc.ca
Tel: (902) 892-1091

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Events
Open Farm Day 2022 Registration

The PEI Agriculture Awareness Committee invites you to become a PEI Agricultural Ambassador and participate in this year’s Open Farm Day being celebrated across Atlantic Canada on Sunday, September 18th. This is your opportunity to showcase your farm to islanders, your products, your contribution to a vibrant culture and economy, and, most importantly, the pride you take in your profession. Let’s make it our responsibility as agriculture producers to make sure that every Islander understands the work, knowledge, skills, and investment (personal and financial) in building a strong farming business that provides consumers with the highest quality PEI grown agricultural products.

Building on the success of the 2021 Open Farm Day, the Agriculture Awareness Committee is excited to offer a HYBRID delivery of this year’s event. You can choose to host an in-person open farm day taking place September 18, 2022 and/or participate in our virtual option.

Farms participating in a virtual Open Farm Day this year will partake in pre-filmed videos of your farm and will be contacted for a filming date in July. You will take the virtual audience on a tour of your farm while explaining and showing them a snapshot of your daily operations. Our staff will offer support by visiting your farm and looking after the filming/editing of the videos. We will be posting the pre-filmed videos on a joint Atlantic YouTube channel and our Facebook page on September 18th.

We are also looking for farms interested in hosting tours for Grade 3 classes the Friday before Open Farm Day (September 16, 2022). This will entail hosting one or multiple grade 3 classes for a 30-45 minute tour.

Any questions about this year’s Open Farm Day can be sent to peiopenfarmday@gmail.com

If you are interested in participating in Open Farm Day please fill out the following registration form and return it no later than July 8, 2022

e-mail: peiopenfarmday@gmail.com
Mail: Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Suite 113, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7Z5 



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