Elgin-Middlesex-London, August 13, 2019 - 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."
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
- · Improving the food safety-traceability systems on farms to meet or exceed international
"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.