Ontario Government to Help Elgin-Middlesex-London Farmers Grow Their BusinessesPublished on August 13, 2019
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON – The Ontario Government is helping farmers improve their business operations, so they can continue to play an important role in boosting the province’s economy and produce some of the safest, highest quality foods in the world.
MPP Jeff Yurek congratulates Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, on a recent announcement to commit up to $10.8 million in cost-share funding to eligible farmers and agri-food businesses to complete more than 740 projects to enhance their businesses.
Included among these are 12 projects in Elgin-Middlesex-London. These local projects will see investments of up to $256,581.66.
“I am proud that our government recognizes the value in supporting farmers and agri-food businesses in enhancing and innovating their practices,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “These businesses play in essential role not only in local economies but in the provincial economy, and I look forward to learning more about the projects underway in Elgin-Middlesex-London.”
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), these initiatives will support improvements in areas such as, enhancing traceability systems, upgrades to animal-handling equipment and stepped-up biosecurity measures.
Some examples of projects supported through this programing include:
- Building or using new technologies to improve housing of farm animals;
- Developing new products to support retaining, growing or finding new markets for farm commodities;
- Improving the food safety-traceability systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards.
“Our government is committed to making our agricultural and agri-food sector open for business,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Investing in these projects will help our farmers succeed while boosting innovation, productivity, and competitiveness for the entire sector.”
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to almost 1,900 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.