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The Ontario government is investing $7.25 million in 50 Ontario-led research and innovation projects. These projects aim to help develop new innovative technologies, practices and solutions to make Ontario’s agri-food sector more competitive and productive. 

“Some of the most advanced agri-food research in the world is happening right here in Ontario, and our government is proud to support made-in-Ontario solutions that will deliver good return on investment and strengthen our local food supply chain,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “Through our partnership with the University of Guelph, we are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector grow and innovate so that farmers can remain competitive on a global scale, and Ontario can continue to be a leader in agri-food.”

Ontario’s investments are being made through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph that works to advance the next generation of agri-food Innovations. 

Among the projects selected for funding are:

  • Development of biological control tactics for use in an Integrated Pest Management program for multiple thrips species in Ontario greenhouse crops
  • Assessment, simulation and optimization of a prototype net-zero energy greenhouse for Ontario (William Lubitz, Environmental Stewardship) Agri-food innovations developed by University of Guelph researchers help advance farming management practices, improve production efficiency, and drive economic growth. 

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