Province Invests $56 Million in U of G

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - President Alastair Summerlee welcomes the news
that the McGuinty government will be investing an additional $56 million in
the University of Guelph to advance research, animal health and the Ontario
Veterinary College.
    "I want to thank Minister Dombrowsky for making this significant and
strategic investment happen," said Summerlee.
    Agriculture is Ontario's second-largest industry and is vital to the
province's economy and to the health and well-being of its citizens, he said.
    "The province's agricultural sector is also evolving and will have a
central and critical role to play in the future."
    The one-time funding, included in Tuesday's provincial budget, will also
help ensure training opportunities for the next generation of researchers.
    The University will lead efforts to explore new research areas that
include sustainable food production, environmental sustainability and the
bio-economy. Guelph scientists will explore the use of recyclable materials
made from renewable farm crops. Crop-based materials offer great potential for
use in a growing range of products, including packaging, auto parts and
building materials.
    "There are some exciting opportunities in manufacturing related to
biological alternatives," Summerlee said. "As Canada's oldest and largest
agricultural school, we have the expertise, influence and significance to lead
the effort."
    There will also be activities aimed at providing improved methods for
addressing emerging diseases, including surveillance and testing, as well as
initiatives that address public health issues related to the transmission of
diseases from animals to humans. These investments will complement and
strengthen the re-development of the Animal Health Laboratory, which the
Ontario government has previously supported.
    "We are delighted to be part of the Ontario government's strategy to help
the farm economy move towards a more sustainable future," Summerlee said.

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