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Green Farming


By Peter Jackson

Ontario is helping farmers and agri-food businesses improve their energy efficiency.

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Ontario is helping farmers and agri-food businesses improve their energy efficiency, save money and fight climate change through two new programs from the Green Ontario Fund.

It is a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

GreenON Agriculture will provide funding to help improve energy efficiency in climate-controlled production facilities such as swine or poultry barns, greenhouses and grain dryers.

Improvements include new or upgraded energy curtains and cover materials in greenhouses and building insulation in walls and ceilings of livestock facilities.

GreenON Food Manufacturing will help encourage food and beverage processing facilities to adopt innovative, cleaner technologies.


A federal-provincial agreement on farm supports was unveiled this week in Guelph.

It is the first federal-provincial-territorial agreement in this latest round of funding.

For Ontario is means $1.5 billion for the agri-food sector, $1.1 billion for Business Risk Management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives funding.

Ottawa is putting up 60 per cent of the money in the agreements.

The province has also announced $713 million for the renewal of its research funding agreement with the University of Guelph.

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