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Province fertilizes northwest farming

Million-dollar pay day for four Thunder Bay agriculture operations
ASM Innovations
(ASM Innovations photo)

The province is pouring more than $1 million into four agricultural enterprises in the Thunder Bay area.

•$400,000 is going to Veumount Farm in Slate River for additional dairy barn facilities and equipment.

•$321,692 went to Jaspers Dairy Farm in Slate River to build a new barn and expand into wheat, canola and barley production.

•$259,951 landed at The Barn in Kaministiquia to build a larger facility for livestock to rest while being transported to other locations.

•$42,226 was received by ASM Innovations in Thunder Bay to acquire a shipping container that will be used for a workshop and provide storage to manufacture year-round greenhouses.

"The agricultural industry is a key economic driver and significant job creator in many communities across the north," said Energy, Northern Development and Mines Minister Greg Rickford in a June 19 statement.

"We are committed to investing in northern agriculture and farm businesses to further increase competitiveness and boost local economic growth, signalling to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs."