National farm organization partners with Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine

Posted: Jan 24, 2022

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Guelph/Ottawa, 25 January 2022 – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is the latest partner to join Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine in recognition of the key role innovation has in the agriculture sector. Canada’s largest farm organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bioenterprise Canada to collaborate on uniting and strengthening agri-food innovation across the country.

“Farmers have a true understanding of the innovation needs on the ground and we welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the primary production sector so we can support and advance the new technologies and opportunities that will best serve the industry’s short and long-term success,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon.

For CFA, which represents approximately 200,000 farm families from coast to coast, innovation is critical in supporting the sustainability, productivity, and global competitiveness Canadian agriculture needs now and in the future. The partnership will help the organization build closer connections to the Canadian innovation sector through Bioenterprise’s national network while keeping farmers better informed about emerging technologies and opportunities.

“As a group founded on the principle of speaking with a unified voice, we believe Bioenterprise Canada is playing an important role in bringing together what can otherwise be a fragmented innovation ecosystem,” says CFA President Mary Robinson. “CFA looks forward to ensuring farmers have a strong voice in driving agricultural innovation and ensuring Canada has an environment conducive to the adoption of new practices and technologies.”

About Bioenterprise Canada
Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit to learn more.

About the Canadian Federation of Agriculture
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) was formed in 1935 as a unified voice to speak on behalf of Canadian farmers. Its work continues today as a farmer-funded, national umbrella organization whose members are provincial general farm organizations and national and interprovincial commodity groups. CFA represents producers of all commodities, who operate farms of all sizes from coast to coast. Visit


For more information:

Dave Smardon, CEO, Bioenterprise or 519-821-2960

Laurie Karson, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations or 613-868-6369

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