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Ag fund providing up to $8M for dairy sector improvements

Milk producers working with cows, goats, sheet, water buffalo may be eligible

Dairy farmers in Ontario may be eligible for provincial funding aimed at helping them modernize operations and enhance food safety.

Announced on Jan. 17, the funding is coming through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, $3.5-billion joint investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. 

Under the Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative, farmers can apply to receive up to $200,000 in cost-share support.

The funds — available to cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo milk processors — can be used to help cover the purchase and installation of new or refurbished equipment and its associated costs, such as training.

According to the province, there are 171 licensed cow and goat dairy processors, plus additional sheep and buffalo dairy processors in the province.

The application process opens on April 2, 2024 and will remain open until the initiative is fully subscribed.