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.
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STORIES IN THIS EDITION
Province boosts ag spending
It’s a draw!
Editorial: Vice grip
Back Forty: Snow days make good days for seed selection
Viewpoint: Farmers need to prepare for annual snow melt
Smooth start to season as foreign workers arrive
Sidebar: Province mulls piece rates
Late winter has some Okanagan growers on edge
Ag show attracts near-record attendance
Ag Briefs: Traceability funding available for producers
Ag Briefs: Cattlemen’s launches webinar series
Ag Briefs: Grant winner announced
Labour remains a priority for fruit growers
Dairy, aquaculture take home awards at gala
Farmers need to prepare for uncertainty
Ag critic listens to concerns at farmers’ institute
Growers are responsible for workers’ safety
Robotic milkers sized up during dairy tour
Safe, high-quality silage depends on preparation
Diversification makes orchard a landmark
Ranchers need to match forage with herd needs
Producers question new Indigenous rights law
Hosting TRU students a way to give back
Livestock co-op provides selling, buying options
Sidebar: Market set to stay steady
Research: Bluetongue outbreaks expected to increase
Filling a niche for gourmet mushrooms
Regulations, housing key issues in Langley
Sheep producers seeing value in genetic program
Above and beyond
Vegetation fundamental to farms, landscape
Studies continue on forage, corn crop pests
4-H BC leader singled out
Growers go with the grain of beer revival
Agri-tourism has plenty of room for growth
Rose stem girdler poses threat to cranberries
Site prep critical for healthy hazelnut orchards
Sidebar: BC renewal program opens up
Wannabe: Renewal comes with a new generation of farmers
Woodshed: Deborah and Doug McLeod turn up the heat
A good place to meet up
Jude’s Kitchen: Celebrate spring by eating outside