Sales Barn and hops sector get boost


The long anticipated Sales Barn is nearing completion, and recently got a visit from MPP Greg Rickford.

The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association was awarded $829,700 by the province, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to rebuild two sales barns, install an underground watering system, purchase a new scale system and improve the loading, penning and auction areas. The funding will allow the association to host more auctions and attract Ontario beef producers to the local market.

The facility’s upgrades are expected to be complete and ready for unveiling at the season’s first Cattle Auction in August.

“We are so pleased with the support from the Ontario government as we do these major upgrades to our sales barn,” said Kim Jo Bliss, Secretary, Rainy River Cattlemen’s AssociationThe ability to extend our seasons at the sales barn for both our staff and cattle will be a huge improvement. We are excited for this project and are looking forward to showing off the hard work later this fall.”

The facility currently serves 200 regional cattle farms in northwestern Ontario. This investment will create new employment opportunities and promote economic development in the agricultural sector.

The NOHFC has also warded $60,000 to the Rainy River Future Development Corporation to purchase a mechanical hops harvester and baler for local producers to harvest and sell hops to regional buyers. Hops has been identified as a successful crop option in our region.

“The Rainy River Future Development Corporation greatly appreciates the support of the Ontario government in purchasing a hops harvester. The district has seen the development of a hops sector and having a harvester available for area producers to use will enhance harvesting activities and allow the producers to get their hops to market,” said Gord Armstrong, Chair, Rainy River Future Development Corporation.

“Our government is proud to support the north’s growing agricultural sector. By investing in farmers and crop producers, we are supporting jobs and developing resilient and vibrant communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “Hops is an emerging crop in northern Ontario. This government is proud to support new industries to diversify the northern economy.”