Agricultural Enhancement Grant Program Provides $88,500 to Local Farm Projects

8 June 2020Grants & Funding, News & Announcements

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to confirm the recipients of the 2020 Agricultural Enhancement Grants. A total of $88,500 was granted to two local farming initiatives that met the project criteria of agriculture innovation with a technology focus, including research and development, that will benefit the agriculture industry overall.
The ACF has been providing grants to the Agricultural community since 2013.  “We are proud to partner with the City of Abbotsford to provide grants annually to our farming community,” said Andrea Senft, ACF Board Chair. “ACF has provided almost $800,000 through our Agriculture Enhancement grants over the past seven years to support one of Abbotsford’s key economic drivers” added Senft.
ACF Agricultural Enhancement Grants Committee Chair, Marcus Janzen, noted “the focus of agriculture innovation has been identified as an area of rapid growth and change”. He went on to further state that “each of the grant recipients have specific projects targeted to advancing technologies or research to benefit the agricultural sector”. The ACF committee is comprised of local farmers and individuals with a passion for serving the Abbotsford farming community.
Wendy Neufeld, Executive Director, remarked that there were a number of worthy applications. “Our Agriculture Grants Committee chose t.wo excellent projects whose outcomes will have a positive impact on agriculture in our community”.
A presentation of the grants was held at each farm location in which each of the recipients was given the opportunity to provide an overview of their project and the expected outcomes. A short video summary of the projects is available for viewing here.
 

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