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Expanding northern ag research to grow berries


May 20, 2011
By OMAFRA

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hightunnelMay 20, 2011, New
Liskeard, Ont – A new high tunnel will help this research station study the
growth of raspberries and strawberries in Northern Ontario and may help expand
the northern farm business sector.

May 20, 2011, New
Liskeard, Ont – A new high tunnel will help this research station study the
growth of raspberries and strawberries in Northern Ontario and may help expand
the northern farm business sector.

With support from the
province, the University of Guelph’s New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station
is getting a high tunnel that will help with the research into the growth of
berries in the North. The province is investing $11,434 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Coporation’s
Emerging Technology Program to buy the 26-metre by 20-metre tunnel.

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Proponents of the project
believe the high tunnel can extend the berry season, giving producers in
Northern Ontario a longer picking period.

“This funding will help
the New Liskeard station continue to play an important role in horticultural
research into a variety of crops that could lead to a further diversification
of our northern farm businesses and support jobs,” said Michael Gravelle,
Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHF .