Ont. county looks to build bio-processing hub

The Ontario government plans to put almost $900,000 into a rural development plan for a county to focus on farming, making and processing bioproducts such as biofuel, chemicals and functional foods.

The province’s $896,815 investment, announced Thursday, will go toward an “ag-industrial development framework” for the United Counties of Stormont,
Dundas and Glengarry.

“This project will help lead to new manufacturing and
processing opportunities, new farm income and renewable lower-cost energy,” the province said in its release.

“Through this project, we hope to increase Ontario’s annual specialty

food exports by $32 million and biofuel product exports by $2 million,” local MPP Jim Brownell said in the province’s release. “The framework not only
significantly impacts this county, but Ontario as a whole.”

“It is expected that 20 to 50 permanent positions will be created through
this project,” said Estella Rose, warden for the united counties, which run along the St. Lawrence in southeastern Ontario.

“With this funding we will be able to facilitate new agricultural and manufacturing infrastructure to capture new opportunities
through bioproducts.”

The funding comes from the provincial Rural Economic Development program, which invests in projects in community and downtown revitalization, enhanced skills training and improved access to health care.

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