Farms and agri-food businesses in Huron-Bruce will be receiving grants totalling $1,684,241 from a joint provincial/federal program to help improve their business operations.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced that 72 various projects have been approved under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – the most awarded in any electoral riding in Ontario. “These grants will help our local farmers and ag-businesses so they can continue to play an important role in boosting the province’s economy,” Thompson said. “I am proud of the support and leadership our government is providing to one of the most important sectors in Ontario.”
Approved projects range from creating better animal housing and improved ventilation in barns to tree planting for wind breaks and erosion control. Farms and businesses awarded grants are spread out across the riding – from Exeter and Seaforth to Kincardine and Walkerton – and everywhere in between.
Thompson also congratulated Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, on the 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 in Ontario.
“Ontario, and in particular Huron-Bruce, is home to some of the best agricultural lands and operations in Canada. Farmers and ag-businesses deserve our support,” Thompson added.
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.