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Egg industry receives innovation funding

Egg Farmers of Ontario is receiving $844,000 in federal funding to study ways to minimize waste and address animal welfare matters.The money will specifically be used to develop an electronic scan to determine the gender and fertility of eggs, which will help increase the capacity and efficiency of hatcheries.

The current project is likely to lead to the commercial adoption of the imaging technology that enables eggs to be non-invasively scanned soon after they are laid.

Canadian ginseng receives funding

The federal government is investing $360,521 in the Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association to help promote and pursue new markets.

This will include India, which provides potential to increase demand for Canadian-grown ginseng beyond its traditional Asian markets.

Canada is a global leader in the production of North American ginseng and almost all producers in Canada are located in Ontario.

It is the largest field-grown horticultural export with sales of more than $228 million a year.

Municipal excellence celebrated

Five Alberta communities are recipients of the annual Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence to celebrate local projects that improve life for Albertans.

Winners for 2018 are Calgary, Drumheller, Coaldale, Lethbridge and Smoky Lake.

The annual awards are presented to municipalities in the categories of partnership, innovation, safe communities, and for larger and smaller municipalities.

They are a way for municipalities to share best practices so they can learn from each other and improve services.

Wine sector receives funding

The federal government is investing up to $8.4 million in the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience clusters.

This is the first time the four grape-growing provinces have joined to form the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

This research investment, which includes an additional $3.7 million from industry contributions, will help growers better protect their crops, test new vine varieties, and analyze growing practices in Canadian vineyards that are better for the environment.

A further $1.5 million over three years will go to the Canadian Vintner’s Association under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing program to promote wine internationally.

The Canadian wine industry generated $1.2 billion in 2016 and employed more than 5,600 people. Wine exports were $133.6 million in 2016.

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