Supporting Economic Recovery of Elgin-Middlesex-London FarmersPublished on July 30, 2021
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON—Jeff Yurek, MPP is excited to share that the Governments of Ontario and Canada are investing over $530,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help support farmers and agri-food businesses in Elgin-Middlesex-London. The investment will fund 32 projects in priority areas across the riding that increase food safety, accelerate sector innovation and help farmers bring new products to market to grow their businesses.
“Elgin-Middlesex-London has one of the most prestigious agricultural legacies in Ontario,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP. “With this support, area farmers will be able to continue this tradition of innovation and resiliency in order to carry the sector forward for new generations.”
Positive outcomes of projects funded under this intake include:
- Improvement of food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed national and international certification standards;
- Development of products that will open new sales markets for farm businesses for example, a new organic pepper product to expand markets or developing maple butter as a new, value-added farm product;
- Planting cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses over winter;
- Increasing preventative measures to help reduce pest damage at greenhouse operations; and
- Upgrades to animal-handling equipment to improve animal welfare and reduce disease transmission on livestock farms.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed over $100 million in cost-share support to more than 5,000 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.