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Targeted DON initiative is opening for Ontario organizations and collaborations

The Agricultural Adaptation Council is opening a new targeted Intake: Deoxynivalenol (DON) Call for Proposals. Funding for this initiative is provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) funding assistance for Ontario’s organizations and collaborations. This is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, delivered by the AAC on behalf of the Province of Ontario and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

“We recognize the significance of this issue and the need for timely action to support Ontario’s grain farmers and the sector as a whole,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we are providing support to farmers and industry as they manage the current challenges caused by the DON toxin, while also looking towards future solutions to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of our grain sector.”

“Many of our farmers and others who work in our corn value chain are dealing with a significant weather-caused challenge with high levels of DON in parts of this year’s corn crop. We’re concerned and taking action to respond because we want our farmers and others working in our agricultural sector to succeed,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “We have opened a special application intake for affected farmers for the cost of testing and will be supporting new projects in the sector to help address challenges at different points in the corn value chain, such as finding ways to best process or market corn impacted by DON.”

Cost-share funding is available for eligible Ontario organizations and collaborations to support projects that will help the corn sector value chain address challenges caused by DON, the plant disease caused by the wet weather.

Applicants may apply for DON-related undertakings under any of the 19 project categories, with preference for projects under the following two project categories:

  • Plant Health - Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstration
  • Plant Health - Skills Development, Training and Education

If applicants want to apply under any other project categories, they can contact AAC to discuss project ideas.

“The AAC is pleased to be delivering this targeted initiative through the Partnership”, says AAC Chair, Kelly Duffy, “The outcomes from these projects will help address the challenges faced by the Ontario agriculture and agri-food industry a result of the outbreak of DON in corn.”

The deadline for applications will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Further information can be found on the AAC website at: https://adaptcouncil.org/program/cap/don.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion, federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.