December 19, 2018
by PETER MITHAM
A working group convened to develop strategies to mitigate the impact of Canada’s new free trade agreement with the US and Mexico (CUSMA) met for the first time December 13.
“Our government will continue to defend the interests of our dairy farmers and we are making sure that they are fully and fairly supported well into the future,” federal agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay told Country Life in BC in a written statement.
The group includes representatives of the dairy industry from across Canada, including the BC Dairy Association. A second group, made up of policy and financial exports, will identify strategies to drive innovation in the sector so it remains a source of jobs for future generations.
“The groups will collaborate to create a vision for the dairy sector to ensure the sector is well positioned in the economy of the future and is increasingly responsive to consumer needs,” MacAulay said.
On December 6, Ottawa announced the second phase of its Dairy Farm Investment Program, originally announced in August 2017. The first phase saw $12.1 million given to 169 projects in BC, including automated feeding systems, robotic milkers and herd management tools.
The second and last phase will see $120.8 million given to more than 1,000 projects nationwide. They’re eligible to receive up to $100,000 each. Applications will be accepted between January 7 and February 9, 2019.
Vol. 105 Issue 1
Victoria tweaks ALR rules
Ranch must allow anglers
Grappling with challenges
Editorial: Learning from leopards
Back forty: Livestock protection is a grey matter
Viewpoint: One zone shows foresight as BC ag evolves
Milk stocks rebuild but skimmed milk an issue
Holstein spring show grows, moves to Chilliwack
Dairy producers withhold national levies
Fund aims to give BC fruit growers a competitive edge
Ag Brief: New chair for Farm Industry Review Board
Ag Brief: BC Tree Fruits shake-up
Ag Brief: Thompson retires from dairy centre
New trap set to reduce Okanagan starling flocks
Consumer prices could buoy farm cash receipts
BC potatoes yield increase in 2018
Show, gala showcases BC agriculture
Hort show covers buds to spuds
Sidebar: Budding interest
Spotlight on dairy, innovation
Popular dairy tour showcases diversity
Overseas markets demand top quality
Sidebar: Gerbrandt coordinates berry research
Local seed initiative shifts focus to economics
Big dreams for small pepper growers
Research: Increasing green fodder could decrease allergies
Beekeepers learn to defend against wildlife
Public trust programming to expand in 2019
Farmers institutes meet to forge connections
The rock road of water buffalo in BC
Wannabe: Pulling together
Woodshed: Deborah finds it’s better to give than receive
Jude’s Kitchen: Start healthy