Vineland Receives Huge Boost from the Province



    VINELAND, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
(Vineland) is pleased with the Ontario government's Budget announcement of
$12.5 million in support of the Centre. This investment compliments the
support provided last year and brings Ontario's total contribution to
$25 million.
    The goal of Vineland's vision is to develop long-term technology and
innovation that adds overall value to horticultural and ornamental products
with programs that will deliver a range of lasting benefits for the industry,
not only for the Niagara Peninsula, but also on a national and global scale.
This investment by the Ontario government is an important milestone for
Vineland, and Donald Ziraldo, Chair of the Vineland Board of Directors,
acknowledged the importance of government investment and support to achieve
the Vineland vision.
    "We are absolutely thrilled with this investment, and we express our
sincere appreciation to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs Minister Leona Dombrowsky, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, and
Transportation Minister and MPP for St Catharines, Jim Bradley," said Donald
Ziraldo. "With this investment, the Ontario Government has fully responded to
the recommendations as set out in the Vineland Renaissance Business Case of
2007. Thanks to the leadership and continued support shown by the Ontario
Government, we are now well on the way to revitalizing Vineland as a world
class horticultural research hub."

    About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Located in the Niagara Region, the Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre is a not-for-profit corporation. It is currently in the process of
significant renewal and revitalization. It is the result of an initiative -
led by the Federal and Provincial governments and industry in 2007 - to create
a world-class research institution and international hub for horticulture and
ornamentals research, innovation and commercialization.
    Established in 1906 through a gift by M.F. Rittenhouse, the Vineland
Research Station has contributed to the emergence of a competitive
horticulture industry in one of Canada's most unique geographic regions. It is
accredited with the development and release of over 150 new varieties of
fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, as well as numerous production
techniques and post-harvest technologies.





For further information:

For further information: Bob Kalbfleisch, Senior Advisor, Communications
and Research, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, (519) 572-1112,
bob.kalbfleisch@vinelandontario.ca, www.vinelandontario.ca

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