Government Investments in Beef Research Will Help Ontario Beef Farmers Remain Competitive
L to R - Daniel Atlin, Vice President External, University of Guelph; Michael Chong, MP Wellington-Halton Hills; Minister Lawrence MacAulay; Minister Jeff Leal; Joe HIll, BFO Vice President; Malcolm Campbell, Vice President of Research, University of Guelph; Ted Arnott, MPP Wellington-Halton Hills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2017 (Guelph, ON) – The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) is extremely appreciative of the investments made by both the provincial and federal governments to support beef research in the province. Today, the Ontario government announced a capital investment of $12.4 million which will be used in the construction of a new beef cattle research centre in Elora, and the Canadian government announced a $2 million AgriInnovation investment which will be used to support valuable genetic, environmental and sustainability research to be conducted at the new facility.
"The advancement of beef research is integral to providing science-based information to maintain consumer confidence, and to ensure that the beef industry is globally competitive and ready to take advantage of current and emerging trade opportunities," explains Joe Hill, BFO Vice President.
For several years, BFO has been collaborating with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph (UofG) on modernizing the Elora Beef Cattle Research Centre into a world-class research and innovation facility. In addition to government support, Ontario beef famers through their check-off investment will also be contributing significant dollars towards the creation of the new facility which is expected to break ground later this year and to be completed sometime in 2018.
"The Elora Beef Cattle Research Center is the only remaining facility in Eastern Canada that has the capacity to conduct beef production research on a meaningful and integrated scale," states Hill. "A new facility will support and attract researchers who are interested in advancing livestock research in various areas from forage production to genetics, cattle production and feeding, food safety and beef quality."
A special thanks to The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for their leadership and collaboration on this file.
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View OMAFRA's News Release - Ontario Supporting Sustainable Beef Production Facility in Elora
L to R - Joe Hill, BFO Vice President; Matt Bowman, BFO President
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