Agri-Marché and Lactech are companies committed to the communities they serve across the province. Our commitment to the community is divided into three major components: support for the next generation, support for initiatives and associations in the agricultural sector, as well as support for societal causes.
Agri-Marché has long been involved with the next generation of farmers by offering support and visibility. Many scholarships are awarded each year by our company in agricultural education institutions, from secondary to postgraduate level. Presentations to the different establishments are given by our experts according to the needs of the students. Also, many group visits take place on our main site in Saint-Isidore to help people discover our facilities.
The Lactech and Agri-Marché emerging scholarship program, in place for many years, awards scholarships to up-and-coming entrepreneurs to support an investment project that improves the profitability of their business, or is linked to the start-up or acquiring a business. Thanks to the collaboration of financial institutions such as National Bank, Royal Bank and Financière Agricole Canada, this program supports those who go far.
Beyond financial support, we welcome dozens of interns every year on our farms and within our sales teams, feed mills and offices to enable them to put their learning to use and experience the reality of the labor market. An “Employee for a Day” contest is also held each year among students who have visited our kiosks at job fairs and allows the winners to experience a day of immersion, according to their choice, among one of our many positions.
Finally, our monthly Agri-Nouvelles magazine features members of the next generation of farmers since its founding. The cover page of each edition is dedicated to emerging entrepreneurs who have experienced success and carried out important projects. Numerous reports highlight the successes of the next generation of hogs, poultry, dairy and field crops from across Quebec, while providing useful content for all readers. Agricultural associations
Year after year, Agri-Marché and Lactech are involved in supporting agricultural associations. Both at the provincial and local levels, it is important to support the activities of these associations, which energize the Quebec agricultural market. The Federation of Young Farmers (FRAQ), Holstein Clubs, regional UPAs, UPA Open Houses, Circles of Rural Youth and Pork Producers are just a few examples of supported associations. Societal causes
Every year Agri-Marché and Lactech receive dozens of requests for donations from community organizations. In order to properly manage these requests, define the company's priorities and organize fundraising activities, the Involved Brigade was formed in 2015. Made up of committed employees, the Involved Brigade has identified the three main areas priority support, either:
- The fight against poverty
- Helping Save Lives
- Sustainable development
In order to help save lives, nearly twenty Agri-Marché and Lactech advisors have been trained as Agricultural Sentinels. A program developed by the Association Québécoise de Prévention du Suicide and the UPA, it aims to train workers capable of detecting signs of psychological distress among farmers and directing them to the appropriate resources. The Involved Brigade plans the training of volunteers with the regional leaders of the Sentinelles network and communicates the importance of reducing the rate of psychological distress, which is too high in agriculture.
Strengthened by a partnership with Centra