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Improving Deadstock Disposal For Ontario Farmers

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Improving Deadstock Disposal For Ontario Farmers

McGuinty Government Supports Farmers, Creates Jobs

A Perth County business is expanding to offer farmers a safe, affordable, environmentally friendly way to dispose of their dead livestock, while also creating jobs and supporting Ontario's agri-food industry.

With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, Atwood Pet Food Supplies Limited will design, purchase and install an advanced gasification system to render and recycle deadstock.  The project will also allow the organization to:

  •          create five full-time jobs
  •          increase processing capacity from 60 to 100 tonnes per day
  •          offer customers competitive collection and disposal rates
  •          help retain jobs in the beef farming and beef processing sectors

A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.


Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $3,652,809 in this project through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Ontario has invested over $154 million in 383 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1.1 billion in new economic activity.
  • Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.

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“The McGuinty government is committed to building a strong, growing livestock sector. We are proud to invest in this project because it will enhance services for livestock producers, strengthen our agri-food industry and grow our province's economy.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Through the Rural Economic Development Program the Ontario government is creating jobs and supporting our vital livestock industry and food system. This expansion project will allow Atwood Pet to continue to grow and remain competitive, stimulate the local economy and send a strong signal that our province supports agriculture.”

John Wilkinson

MPP for Perth-Wellington

“The Ontario government is helping us strengthen our business and create jobs for our local economy. With this investment, our business can partner with local farmers to generate new economic value from recycled organic material.”

David Smith, President

Atwood Pet Food Supplies

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