Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Producers Praise Liberal Program

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Loan Guarantee Program highly touted by some producers.


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Cattle producers are praising the Liberal government for expanding the Loan Guarantee Program.

Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell announced yesterday the province is increasing the amount of support available -- from 80 million to 130 million dollars.

The Huron Bruce MPP made the announcement at the farm of Steve Eby near Kincardine.

Eby says his 300 acre farm with 800 head of cattle was made possible through the program.

Mitchell says some farmers can get up to 250 thousand dollars in loans through the program -- and they would be paid back with a low interest rate.

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The new agency responsible for marketing Canadian beef is up and running.

Canada Beef was formed through the merger of the Canada Beef Export Federation, the Beef Information Centre and National Check-off Agency.

The organization hopes to save more than a million dollars in costs because of the merger.

One of the main goals of Canada Beef is to increase and diversify exports to countries outside of the United States.

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Our federal government is playing Johnny Appleseed with tax dollars to help Maritime growers.

Ottawa is spending a quarter of a million dollars to help producers grow better apples and to adapt to changing weather patterns.

Researchers will study how weather impacts the maturity and quality of new high value apple varieties.

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Our federal government is giving international food giant Cargill 10 million dollars to upgrade its Alberta beef processing plant.

Ottawa says the money will help pay for new equipment at the High River facility.

The machinery will help Cargill use waste material from meat processing as a fuel source.


 


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