New Agricultural Framework To Focus On Bio-Products
McGuinty Government Brings Industry Partners Together
Ontario is helping Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County develop an Ag-industrial Development framework, which will link consumers, processors and the research community.
The McGuinty government's $896,815 investment towards the framework will help the partners focus on manufacturing and processing bio-products and bio-product driven agriculture in areas such as bio-energy, bio-chemicals and functional foods. This project will help lead to new manufacturing and processing opportunities, new farm income and renewable lower cost energy.
The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:
- Revitalized communities and downtowns
- Enhanced skills training
- Improved access to health care services.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $53 million in 167 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry are located along the St. Lawrence River in the south-eastern corner of Ontario.
- Bio-products are products which are made from renewable resources.
“Through this project, we hope to increase Ontario's annual specialty food exports by $32 million and bio-fuel product exports by $2 million. The framework not only significantly impacts this county, but Ontario as a whole.”
“It is expected that 20-50 permanent positions will be created through this project. With this funding we will be able to facilitate new agricultural and manufacturing infrastructure to capture new opportunities through bio-products.”