The province is investing in Northern Ontario farming projects that will improve agricultural land, diversify crops and expand business.
The investments will contribute to the northern agricultural economy and provide local farms with essential infrastructure. The province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing more than $6 million in eight projects across Northern Ontario:
Investing in agriculture is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“The agricultural industry is identified as a key and emerging sector in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. By investing in these operations, our government is helping farmers across the North improve their farmland, increase their crop production and grow the northern economy.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC
“Our government recognizes that agriculture is an important contributor to the economy of Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario. We are committed to supporting farmers and investing in projects that will enable them to expand their operations.”
— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“Clearing land to increase acreage and installing drainage to extend the growing season are two ways that our farm partners can improve their sustainability. This provincial investment will help provide additional farmland to support crop production in our region.”
— Bruce Forrest, President, Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association
“This project will help our participating farms improve their land base to produce crops such as barley, wheat, oats, soybeans and hay. We thank the NOHFC for investing in our land clearing and tile drainage projects, which will help our area producers improve their operations.”
— Jan Beazley, Chair, Rainy River Future Development Corporation
“Installing tile drainage and clearing land are key investments to helping our farm producers grow their operations. We commend the NOHFC members for their significant commitment to strengthening the North’s agriculture industry.”
— John Parsons, General Manager, West Nipissing East Sudbury Agricultural Support Projects Inc.
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