Ontario provides $11,380 to Oxford’s Agricultural and Horticultural Societies

Province invests in local agricultural and horticultural societies to support their long-standing traditions

WOODSTOCK – The Ontario government is providing $11,380 to support the agricultural and horticultural societies in Oxford. Today’s news was shared by Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. This investment will help these organizations continue to operate and support their important efforts to educate people about the value and significance of agriculture in the province.

“Our agricultural and horticultural societies play a critical role in educating Ontarians on the importance of agriculture,” said Hardeman. “Their timeless traditional events such as annual fall fairs and livestock shows are an important as celebrations of our rural way of life.”

The funding is part of the Agricultural and Horticultural Support and Recovery Funding Initiative. Locally, nine societies will share in the $11,380.73 funding. These include Drumbo Agricultural Society, Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society, Ingersoll & District Horticultural Society, Tavistock Agricultural Society, Tavistock and Area Horticultural Society, Tillsonburg Horticultural Society, Tillsonburg Tri-County Agricultural Society, Woodstock Agricultural Society, and Woodstock Horticultural Society.

This new funding builds on previous investments of more than $7 million to assist these organizations across the province over the past two years. There are two streams to this funding round, including base support for continued incorporation and activities; and hardship funding to help off-set operating costs.

“Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies have long-enriched communities throughout the province and we look forward to them continuing to make significant contributions, from main street beautification projects to hosting the long-standing tradition of agricultural fairs, throughout the province in 2022,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.