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Ontario invests $8-million in U of G agri-food research

July 26, 2023  By University of Guelph

July 26, 2023 – Supporting food security in Northern Ontario First Nations, making biocomposite parts for electric vehicles and using robotics for weeding vegetable crops are among nearly 50 University of Guelph (U of G) agri-food research projects to receive over $8 million in new funding from the Ontario government.

The funding is intended to develop U of G innovations that support industry and make a difference to Ontario farmers and consumers.

For 2023, 47 research projects that enhance plant health and protection, protect animal health and welfare, drive economic development and promote environmental sustainability will be funded through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the unique collaboration between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).


The projects involve researchers in multiple colleges across campus including the College of Biological Science, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College, and the Ontario Veterinary College.

“Ontario-led research is helping our farmers, processors and agri-food businesses be more competitive on a global scale,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Tier 1 projects, our government is helping to develop the technologies and innovations needed to advance our agriculture and food industry.”

The Alliance brings together academia, government and industry to support Ontario’s $47-billion agri-food sector with cutting-edge research and innovation, training and laboratory services. The Alliance increases Ontario’s GDP by $1.4 billion a year and has an annual economic impact of about $120 million.

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