OFA calls on Premier to reaffirm support for biofuels mandate

    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)
today called on Premier McGuinty to reaffirm the Ontario government's
commitment to further developing a vibrant homegrown biofuels industry in
    "Premier McGuinty helped farms across Ontario with his decisive
leadership on biofuels and the ethanol mandate. Biofuels have created new
manufacturing jobs and new growth in rural Ontario," says Geri Kamenz,
President of the OFA. "The Premier's continued leadership on biofuels is
critical to the farming community, new investments, and future growth.
Affirmation of the Premier's continued support of biofuels and the ethanol
mandate is necessary to reassure farmers and biofuel investors in Ontario."
    There are currently three new ethanol projects under development in
Ontario worth about $500 million in new investment. This is important to our
economy at a time of declining manufacturing activity in Ontario.
    Ontario is also home to world leading technologies such as Iogen's
cellulosic ethanol plant in Ottawa, which uses agricultural residues and other
waste biomass to create a cleaner-burning fuel.
    Biofuels are good for the environment, good for farmers and use less
energy to make than other fuels. Ontario farmers are rapidly becoming a
significant source of energy for citizens through the production of
electricity, ethanol and other biofuels.
    "The first generation of biofuel facilities is critical to the next
generation of biofuels. Without continued ethanol mandates, there would be no
market for these cheaper fuels, and Ontario would put at risk its leadership
position, and jobs in this promising growth area."

    The Ontario Federation of Agriculture will work collaboratively towards a
    profitable, sustainable future for Ontario farmers.

For further information:

For further information: Geri Kamenz, (613) 720-2435; Don McCabe, (519)
331-6175; Bette Jean Crews, (613) 921-0597

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