Feds Help With Algoma Region Agriculture Growth
LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
October 12th, 2012 at 11:25am | Last Updated at 1:22pm
“Today’s announcement will help area agricultural businesses undertake cool climate-specific
crop research to enhance their operations, develop diversification strategies and foster
collaboration among industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, and agricultural support
organizations,” said MP Hayes. “By addressing this identified need, our Government is helping to strengthen and expand Northern Ontario’s agricultural sector and create new jobs in agri-food production, processing and distribution.”
“The Harper Government is proud to support projects that improve business sustainability and
competitiveness through innovative practices,” added Minister Clement. “This research will
assist the farming community in Algoma District increase their productivity, while helping
diversify the regional economy.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will use $262,750 in FedNor funding to support regionalapplied crop and production testing, market feasibility and investment readiness projects through the Rural Agricultural Innovation Network. The three-year initiative will also raise awareness of available technological innovations to help businesses increase their productivity.
“There are significant opportunities to develop new value-added export products from Northern Ontario and thanks to this FedNor investment, local producers will have the information they need to determine which crops would be the most fruitful,” said Tom Vair, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.
The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development
Program, which supports projects that strengthen community economic development, enhance business growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region