Agricultural companies receive strategic infrastructure funding

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The province awarded funding Dec. 23 to eight agricultural companies to help strengthen their infrastructure and sustainability. "We are working with producers and processors to assist them as they develop their economic potential and improve competitiveness," said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. "These businesses were chosen for their strong business plans and benefits for the agri-food industry as a whole."

Funding was approved for Foxhill Cheese House, Port Williams, to expand its processing capacity to respond to opportunities to produce new, specialty dairy products; 2M Farms Ltd. of Berwick to expand its seed potato operation into specialty, export markets; to Nova Agri. Inc. in Centreville to support the commercialization of an innovative greenhouse technology that will provide opportunities for the Nova Scotia agriculture industry to meet increasing consumer demand for fresh horticulture products; and to Holmestead Cheese Sales Inc., of Factorydale to meet growing demand for its existing cheese products and to develop new products

The businesses applied for funding under the third year of the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund. To date, $4.25 million has been committed from the $6 million, four-year fund.

Organizations: Foxhill Cheese House, Farms Ltd. of Berwick, Holmestead Cheese Sales Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund

Geographic location: Port Williams, Centreville, Nova Scotia

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