NSAC receives funding for agricultural innovation centre

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - The Nova Scotia Agricultural College is receiving $7 million in combined provincial and federal funding towards the building of its Atlantic Centre for Agricultural Innovation.
"I think it's fabulous," said Leslie MacLaren, co-president of the NSAC.
MacLaren said the fact the funding covers the entire cost of the project translates into the government's belief that the centre is desperately needed in this area.
"It's a great day for the community, for the NSAC and the province," added MacLaren.
Two million dollars will come from the federal government's Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency to assist with site work and services as well as the construction of the foundation and building shell.
The province's investment is $500,000 in the first two phases and $4.5 million in the third and final phase.
"Investment in this facility ties in well with the development of our government's 10-year strategy for agriculture by providing a state-of-the-art research facility that will connect the work of Nova Scotia's agri-based researchers, producers and processors," said John MacDonell, minister of Agriculture.
MacDonell told the Truro Daily News it's wise to get this centre operating, especially with the existence of other similar facilities across the country already up and running.
"We are running the risk of falling behind other jurisdictions if we don't fund and do this."
Peter MacKay, minister of National Defence, also participated in the
announcement.
He said the full funding is well deserved.
"It's a (symbol) of the good work the NSAC does ... success breeds more success."
The centre will play a critical role in addressing the commercialization gap between agricultural research and development for startup and establish agri-based businesses.
The facility will also be used to incubate, accelerate and attract businesses to the local area.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Atlantic Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency Truro Daily News National Defence

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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