Four agricultural companies have been awarded funding to help strengthen their infrastructure and sustainability. “This funding will assist producers and processors in accelerating their economic potential and development,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor today, Dec. 22. “They were chosen for their strong business plans and benefits for the agri-food industry as a whole.” Funding has been approved for: Melvin Farms Limited, to develop a fresh-cut cauliflower line and add value to their farm business Farmer John’s Herbs, to increase capacity and further develop a fresh Nova Scotia herb processing business Van Dyk’s Health Juice Products Limited, to expand into the Asian market and increase export sales of wild blueberry juice Acadian Maple Products Limited, to develop and increase capacity for maple industry processing and packing The businesses applied under the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund. To date, more than $3.2 million has been committed from the $6-million, four-year fund. “The Department of Agriculture continues to help Nova Scotia producers and the agriculture industry as a whole,” said Mr. Taylor. “The Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund promotes creativity and partnerships in our industry.” More information on the Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/ .