Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program FAQs

Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program FAQs

This program shares the cost of acquiring new equipment and adopting improved processes and best practices, allowing Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry to increase its capacity, competitiveness and profitability.

There are two parallel programs delivered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, one focused on the crops sector and the other Alberta’s meat industry development.

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program addresses three major industry objectives:

  • Process Automation: The program helps producers and processors acquire, adapt and install automated processes that will reduce costs, improve worker productivity and reduce energy and water consumption.
  • Process Improvement: Participants can implement lean manufacturing principles to reduce costs, add value, improve processing efficiency and improve product quality and food safety.
  • Technology Adoption: The program enables participants to adopt new technologies and processes to produce new products or improve existing products to better meet customer needs, increase market access, and improve product safety and security.

How are costs shared?

Capital expenses may be reimbursed by up to 20% by this GF2 program. Eligible costs include the engineering design, acquisition and installation (including modifications, if needed) of automated machinery and equipment. The new facility or equipment must be installed and used in Alberta for at least three years.

Non-capital expenses may be reimbursed up to 50%. Eligible costs include third-party costs for consulting and engineering fees, consultant and coaching fees related to process improvement and related travel. Training costs (maximum eight weeks or $4,000 per employee) that will enable the new technology to become operational may also be eligible.

Who can participate?

  • Processing companies (both food and bio-industrial) with a physical manufacturing or processing presence in Alberta, or subject to feasibility assessments.
  • Producers and groups of producers who are adding economic value to their products beyond the primary production of crops and livestock.

How do you start?

You are asked to apply to the program and submit a work plan before any funds can be approved.

Please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) to find out more about the program.

For more information

Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

Email: GrowingForward@gov.ab.ca

Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca

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