Ontario Cultivating Growth in Northern Agriculture Sector
Province Standing up for Farmers, Agri-food Businesses in Northern Ontario
Verner, Ont. - Ontario's government is supporting Northern Ontario's agri-food sector by helping farmers improve their land, diversify crops, expand their businesses and create more jobs.
Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, was joined by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo to announce the province is investing in 20 agriculture projects across the north. Included in the 20-project list is $200,000 for BisON to build a new bison ranch in Crystal Falls to meet increasing demand for bison meat in Ontario.
Other investments in the West Nipissing region include:
- $400,000 for Ferme Roberge in Verner to expand its business by diversifying into the broiler chicken industry.
- $336,956 for Krause Farm and Rental in Verner to expand its business to export quality hay and domestic lamb.
- $59,667 for Parview Farms in Cache Bay to expand its dairy farm operation.
"The agricultural industry is a key economic driver and significant job creator in many northern communities," said Minister Rickford. "These investments in the north's agri-food sector help farmers and food producers improve their farmland, expand their operations and increase revenues - sending a signal to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business."
"These efforts will help strengthen our province's agri-food sector in the north and support employment in a variety of rural areas," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Our government is committed to supporting the growth and prosperity of the agri-food sector in Northern Ontario and across the province."
In addition to helping individual farming businesses thrive, more than $4.3 million in funding is going toward five tile drainage projects across northeastern Ontario. Tile drainage removes excess water from soil below its surface, particularly in the spring, using perforated, plastic tubing buried in the fields. Removing excess water allows farmers to work the fields sooner and helps crops develop deeper root systems that support better growth.
Tile drainage projects create more opportunities for economic growth in Northern Ontario by increasing the amount of land available for farming and increasing the value of existing farm land. In recent years, Ontario has invested more than $37 million in 41 tile drainage projects, representing 64,569 acres of Northern Ontario farmland.
- The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) invests in economic development projects across the north. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $120 million in 708 projects, creating or retaining 2,368 jobs.
- In September 2019, Ontario announced an NOHFC investment of $240,000 for two projects that support the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo.