A rural poultry processing plant that has been supporting the growth of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry for the past 65 years, will receive an investment from the province of Nova Scotia for working capital. A $3.5-million loan for ACA Co-operative Ltd. in New Minas, through the Department of Economic Development’s Industrial Expansion Fund, will help the company maintain 650 jobs with an annual payroll that exceeds $25 million annually. ACA also creates almost as many spin-off jobs. “This sole poultry processor for Nova Scotia has grown significantly over the years and continues to seek and develop new markets for its quality products,” said Economic Development Minster Angus MacIsaac. “This investment further demonstrates the province’s commitment to supporting economic growth in rural areas of the province and maintaining important jobs.” Since 1943, ACA Co-operative Ltd. has grown to include seven divisions including eggs, feed, hatchery, poultry, retail farm equipment and processing. The company operates a processing poultry meat operation, breeder barns for producing selected genetic broiler chicken crosses, chick hatchery, feed mill, table egg division and grading facility, a retail division for farm furnace and diesel fuel, farm equipment division, and an outlet store. “ACA is an integral part of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry, which generates about $450 million in the province,” said acting Agriculture Minister, Ron Chisholm. “Along with chicken, it processes nearly all of the turkeys available in Nova Scotia and 25 per cent of our eggs, offering people the opportunity to buy local food products.” The company’s major customers include Sobeys, Co-op Atlantic, Sysco Food Service and commodity markets in Ontario and Quebec. Its annual sales exceed $110 million. “We take great pride in producing top-quality products for our customers and playing an important role in our industry,” said Sue Payne, chief executive officer of ACA Co-operative Ltd. “With this investment, we will continue to contribute to the industry and support our community.” The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method used by the government of Nova Scotia to support economic development in the province. The Industrial Expansion Fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.
Some on social media are even comparing the painting to artwork by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch painter.Miss Vulliamy told the BBC: “I just thought I had this letter, it’s not often that you get a letter dedicated to you from Oxford. “It’s very meaningful, so I thought it would be funny if I made it into something.” The student, who has since accepted a place at Durham University, added: “In retrospect I quite like how it is interpreted as Oxbridge doesn’t determine everything, I like that it’s cheered people up. “I hadn’t set my heart on Oxford I’m happy I got an offer from Durham.”Her mother, Louisa Saunders, told the BBC: “I thought it was very funny and very spirited, and obviously I was glad she wasn’t feeling to sad about it.” When teenager Claudia Vulliamy failed to secure a place at Oxford University, she took the knock-back with better grace than most.The 18-year-old turned her rejection letter into a piece of abstract art that has since gone viral on the internet.She had applied to study classics at Wadham College from September. But when she received a letter telling her she had been unsuccessful, Miss Vulliamy “thought it would be funny” to use it for creative purposes.The teenager, from London, cut up lines from the correspondence and stuck them among blocks of colour for the artwork.Now a picture of the art published on social network Twitter has been retweeted almost 50,000 times. Claudia Vulliamy later accepted a place at Durham UniversityCredit:Teri Pengilley for The Telegraph Yesterday, my daughter learned that she hadn’t got into Oxford. By the time I got in from work, she’d made this from her rejection letter pic.twitter.com/KCInrTA1OO— Louisa Saunders (@louisa_saunders) January 12, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.