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March 10, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Ontario farmers can finally expect some relief with lower electricity bills on the way.
Nov. 25, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – Affordable energy is a serious issue in Ontario. Rural Ontario is the hardest hit by energy inflation with most businesses, residents and farms relying on electricity, propane or heating oil to support their way of life.
Nov. 7, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – The need for natural gas across rural Ontario is a top priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and rural municipalities.
June 2015 – Year-round vegetable production capability may well be just around the corner. Once accomplished, it will be a major assist for growers seeking to tap into new markets.
April 26, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – Ontario’s 2015 budget included some good news for Ontario’s greenhouse sector.
An abundant supply of natural gas, combined with historically low prices, holds the key to a bright future for Canada - but only if challenges are overcome and opportunities seized.
Ontario farmers who don't have access to natural gas on the farm want the infrastructure in place to make it happen, according to a recent survey conducted by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
May 10, 2013, Kingsville, Ont. – With Canadian crop production about to peak, Mastronardi’s increased capacity will have the company shipping more products than ever before.

In adding more than 100 acres of production in Ontario alone and doubling its primary Canadian distribution centre, the company continues to focus on new product innovation and will be showcasing new items at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show, which is being held in Toronto from April 17-19.

Mastronardi Produce
featured its Eco-Pepper at the CPMA tradeshow in April.
 
Grown at its EnviroFresh Farms greenhouse near Sarnia, Ont., this facility is the first carbon friendly greenhouse of it’s kind in North America, using waste heat and CO2 from a neighbouring fertilizer facility,
  The Eco Pepper was among company products showcased at the CPMA show.
The Eco Pepper is available in various formats including bulk and packaged in a unique and completely reusable crisper bag.

Customers got to see Mastronardi’s complete line of SUNSET® brand products including a variety of new items and new packaging at the CPMA show. Mastronardi’s new packaging concepts add convenience for customers who are looking for versatile and innovative options.

Emphasis on the company’s brand revitalization project was the forefront of Mastronardi’s presentation at CPMA. Tradeshow attendees experienced Mastronardi’s completely redesigned labels, boxes, bags, and related marketing materials.
Greenhouses offer opportunities to test combined heat and power as an energy conservation model and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's Don McCabe would like to see pilot projects demonstrating its benefits to the industry.
The B.C. government is introducing a new, permanent grant program to help offset carbon tax costs for commercial greenhouse growers. The 2013 grant program covers commercial greenhouse sectors including vegetable and floriculture growers, wholesale production and forest seedling nurseries.
Growers in British Columbia could see a five-year carbon tax freeze if the province’s Liberal party is re-elected on May 14.
A limited amount of Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) funding is now available for projects requesting up to $20,000 from the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC).
At the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, an announcement made on the behalf of the Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, outlined how three horticultural organizations in Ontario will be receiving almost $580,000 in funding.
The northern agriculture and agri-food sector is getting a boost from a Government of Canada investment of up to $86,616 to develop new economic opportunities.
Last week the B.C. government announced the continuation of last year’s carbon tax break for greenhouse growers in the province. While just a small piece of the overall budget, this tax break will mean major cost savings for the industry.
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