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N.L. feed grain elevator upgrades funded

Upgrades in handling and storage meant to boost quality control at a feed grain elevator on St. George’s Bay in western Newfoundland will get $400,000 in federal funds.

The Newfoundland Feed Grains Society’s elevator at Stephenville, about 80 km southwest of Corner Brook, is expected to use the bulk of the funds to install new storage tanks and a ship unloader and conveyor system.

The improvements are meant to enhance quality control of grains, corn, soy and other feed stored at the facility, by reducing the risks of spoilage from moisture being absorbed into the grains and feeds during the unloading process.

The work is also expected to help boost capacity and efficiency of operations at the elevator.

“This project has significant support from the farming industry and is expected to have a positive and lasting impact on the Stephenville area,” Senator Ethel Cochrane said in a release Monday announcing the federal funding.

“This project will help generate immediate local economic activity by supporting direct and indirect employment opportunities during the installation of the new equipment.”

The not-for-profit Newfoundland Feed Grains Society was set up in 1999 to promote development of the elevator facilities at Stephenville. The society procures, transports, stores, processes and distributes feed grains and feed products for use of its members, who operate dairy and poultry farms.

The public money used in these upgrades will flow through the federal $1 billion Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), administered in Atlantic Canada by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

CAF-funded projects must be completed by March 31, 2011 “with no obligation for continued spending.”

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