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ACC gets funding for "Field to Fork" and "Ag in the Classroom" programs

01.03.2019 15:11
By: Brad Gordon

Senior levels of government


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The two senior levels of government announced funding today for Assiniboine Community College's "Field to Fork" progam.

The program, a cluster of applied research projects, will get 950-thousand dollars over five years.

"Field to Fork" concentrates on strengthening the local food chain through education, research and outreach.

Provincial Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler says the research at A.C.C. will help "keep producers on the leading edge" of the agrifood sector.

Some of the research projects underway at ACC include outreach initiatives to add growing capacity in northern and remote communities through sustainable greenhouse modeling, research in commercial sweet potato production, and finding effective ways of combating botrytis neck rot in commerccally grown onions.

Also announced today was funding of just over 99 thousand dollars over two years for the "Agriculture in the Classroom" program.  It provides curriculum-based activities and resources for teachers and students to learn about the role of agriculture in Manitoba