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English speaking agricultural producers will be able to access training more easily.
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Some 800 English speaking agricultural producers in the Montérégie have easier access to training thanks to a $7 500 grant approved by Farm Credit Canada.
This financial assistance was issued to the Montérégie UPA which represents a significant number of English speaking producers in 5 of the 15 local UPA unions, including those of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Haut-Saint-Laurent, Jardins-de-Napierville, Haut-Richelieu and Brome-Missisquoi.
This financial assistance comes from the Expression Fund which is intended to fund projects in official language minority communities.
The Federation will be able to assume some of the cost of translating pedagogical material through its Regional collectives for agricultural training (Collectif régional en formation agricole). English speaking producers are invited to indicate their needs in continuing education to Marie-Claude Séguin, Sponsor for agricultural training by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Claude Lapointe, 2nd Vice President of the Montérégie UPA and President of the Montérégie Regional collective in agricultural training, "training is the key to ensuring optimum performance for agricultural businesses. It is, in fact, with this in mind that we are making a huge effort to meet the needs of our members in terms of training. Funding from Farm Credit Canada confirms our commitment in this regard."
For information about training programs across Québec, the UPA provides a training portal at uplus.upa.qc.ca. All 13 regional collectives in agricultural training post their training in continuing education on the site, as well as proposed webinars developed by and for agricultural producers, along with reference tools.
Translated by Cathleen Johnston