The funding will be invested through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and will support more than 670 projects across Ontario for eligible farmers and businesses in the agri-food sector.
WOODSTOCK - The provincial and federal government are investing more than $7.9 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets.
This funding will support over 670 projects across Ontario for eligible farmers and businesses in the agri-food sector.
Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau says the money will benefit different projects.
"On-farm enhancements are essential to the sustainability and continuous improvement of the agriculture sector. Through this investment, we are supporting a range of farmer-driven projects to improve on-farm practices, strengthen the food value chain, and support public trust in farming."
Examples of projects supported through this programming include:
- Improving food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards;
- Planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses;
- Actions to help prevent pest damage at greenhouse operations;
- Developing a product that will open new sales markets for a farm business; and
- Upgrades to animal-handling equipment and improved biosecurity measures.
Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman says it will also improve the agri-food industry.
"Our farmers work tirelessly to supply the array of safe, high-quality agricultural products that feed our province, our country and the world. By making these strategic investments we are helping to improve the competitiveness of our agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability, especially during these difficult times."
Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Neil Ellis says the projects will go to support farmers and the rural communities as well.
"These 670 projects support farmers, rural communities, and the agricultural value chain. It's about supporting growth at the farm level, which will have positive environmental, food system, and market impacts across the Ontario agri-food sector."
The funding is on top of programming launched this year to help the sector in meeting challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Such programming includes the launch of a portal to connect farms and other agri-food sector business with labour needs to job seekers; the creation of the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program; and the recent investment of an additional $50 million into the Risk Management Program for this year, one year earlier than originally promised.
Both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 2,500 projects through the Partnership since June 2018, in order to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.