Ontario port gets $2 million to upgrade grain drying system

Federal Schelde-Port of Johnstown The Federal Schelde dropping off a load of salt at the Port of Johnstown. Photo supplied by the Port of Johnstown, Flickr.

The Port of Johnstown will receive $2 million towards the purchase and installation of a new grain dryer with heat capture and air recycling features that will minimize fuel consumption by roughly 20 to 40 percent. The reduction in fuel use will result in an estimated 344 metric tonnes of CO2e, annually.

Funded through the Adoption Stream of the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, the project will expand the ability for local producers to dry grain more efficiently, move grain to market sooner and reduce the risk of grain spoilage experienced in previous seasons due to limited drying capacity, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The Port of Johnstown serves as the industrial centre for the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, and  provides services to over 1,600 farmers in the region.

Across Ontario, the ACT Program has supported 113 projects to date, including 40 grain dryer projects, representing a total of $46.5 million.

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