Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 28, 2011 18:06 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Helps Turkey Farmers Gobble Up New Opportunities

ARTHUR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2011) -

Editors note: A photo is included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering real results for Ontario food producers and helping to boost the bottom line of local farmers. Member of Parliament Gary Schellenberger (Perth – Wellington) announced an investment of more than $500,000 available to Golden Valley Farms Inc. This repayable contribution will help the company improve its processing line, providing farmers with more opportunities to get their products to market.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is helping Golden Valley Farms Inc. improve their operational efficiency through the purchase of new equipment to speed up their production line," said MP Schellenberger. "This new technology will help the company increase its production and create new jobs for the local community."

Golden Valley Farms will use this investment to purchase and install new packaging equipment in its facility located in Arthur, Ontario. The new equipment will allow their turkey bacon to be processed through the high pressure (hyperbaric) system to enhance food safety, improve productivity and efficiency and increase shelf life. The project is expected to result in the creation of new jobs for the people of Ontario. 

"We are very pleased that the Government of Canada has partnered with us in this new technology," said Keith Hehn, General Manager of Golden Valley Farms. "This is very important not only for Golden Valley but our industry as a whole. It brings new technology to our industry that will enhance food safety as well as plant efficiency. This partnership will help us remain leaders in our industry."

This repayable contribution is being delivered by the AgriFlexibility fund through the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up to $50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing companies for projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector's position in today's global marketplace. For more information on this program visit www.agr.gc.ca/api.

Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059