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Growing Assurance builds strong foundations by advancing assessment, adoption and implementation of environmental, food safety, animal welfare, plant and animal health, biosecurity and traceability systems and activities that support national initiatives, as well as conserve and enhance ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape.
Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. Enhanced food safety practices help to manage potential risks that may occur. Maintaining plant and animal health, food safety at all points in the food chain, biosecurity and traceability support Manitoba’s sustainable agriculture industry. Reliable food safety:
Growing Assurance contains two streams that address the safety of our food: On-Farm and Processing and Distribution.
Food safety begins on the farm. Reducing food safety risks is crucial to individual producers and the industry as a whole. Growing Assurance will assist producers in adopting food safety assurance systems on their farm operation.
How to apply for Growing Assurance - Food Safety On-Farm.
Food safety practices are becoming an important competitive advantage for food processors. Manitoba companies big and small are adopting recognized, certifiable programs that build trust and confidence in the marketplace. Growing Assurance-Food Safety Processing and Distribution helps advance the implementation of best management practices in food safety.
How to apply for Growing Assurance - Food Safety Processing and Distribution.
Environmental sustainability includes taking actions to reduce negative effects on the environment and farming operations. Improving environmental sustainability creates a valuable legacy for the next farming generation by protecting our resources and continuing to improve sustainability through practices that help:
The Growing Assurance program contains three streams that address environmental sustainability: Environmental Farm Plans, Best Management Practices and Ecological Goods and Services.
The adoption of environmental farm planning enhances Canada's reputation as a supplier of safe, high-quality foods produced in an environmentally responsible way.
Producers will continue to receive support to develop and update Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) under the Growing Assurance program. EFPs must be renewed every five years to remain valid and to be eligible to apply for financial assistance in adopting beneficial management practices (BMP).
If you do not have a Statement of Completion, or need to renew your Statement of Completion, contact your local MAFRI GO Office to register for an EFP workshop.
Growing Assurance - Environment helps farmers improve the environmental sustainability of their operations with funds for specific beneficial management practices (BMPs) that support the Manitoba government's strategy to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water.
Cost shared funding is available to producers to help implement the following specific eligible BMPs identified in their EFP action plan:
How to apply for Growing Assurance - Environment.
Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S) are the positive environmental benefits that Canadians get from healthy ecosystems, including clean water and air, and enhanced biodiversity. Manitoba is strongly committed to the continued development of provincial sustainable development and EG&S initiatives.
How to apply for Growing Assurance - EG&S.