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Fostering the development of Northern Ontario’s agricultural and agri-food sectors
Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Read the full news release from FedNor here

On Friday, February 23, 2018, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and its Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) division had the pleasure of hosting MP Terry Sheehan on behalf of the Government of Canada for a clean-tech funding announcement to support innovation and business growth in Northern Ontario’s agricultural and agri-food sectors.

A total of $356,455 will go towards clean growth economy in the region, $278,000 of which will enable our RAIN division to expand its highly successful Sustainable Northern Agri-Food Products and Productivity Program (SNAPP) to help an additional 50 businesses utilize clean tech to improve efficiencies, create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance profitability.

$78,455 will support a regional study of local and wild food market supply and demand with the goal of diversifying traditional industries and increasing access to markets for new value-added products. The research will be undertaken within the Algoma, Manitoulin, Sudbury and Nipissing Districts.

The event was hosted at OutSpoken Brewing, a local business who has partnered with an Algoma farm and agri-business owner Fred Post, Owner/Operator of Northern Skies Enterprises. Northern Skies received $5,000 from RAIN's highly successful SNAPP and began making hops at its Desbarats farm. This is the first time a Northern Ontario farm has successfully grown hops on a commercial scale.

With SNAPP , eligible applicants will receive up to $5,000 to purchase equipment or materials to extend their production season, enhance productivity, or create new primary or processed food and fibre products.

SNAPP is currently accepting applications for the new round of clean-tech funding, deadline is March 31, 2018. Learn more about SNAPP at www.rainalgoma.ca/snapp