Province investing in agriculture improvement projects

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Funding for such projects has been provided by the IAF, through a variety programs it delivers on behalf of the federal and provincial government. These projects include research into invasive plant reduction, pest management, novel crop development and adaptation, biosecurity and emergency planning, just to name a new.

The list of projects includes those contracted between May 1 and August 31 of 2012.

IAF Chair, Peter Levelton, says these projects are an ideal way for the province’s agricultural industries to prosper, and the Foundation is always open to hearing new ideas.

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“These are wonderful examples that demonstrate the diversity of projects we fund and the ideas we believe will carry B.C.’s agriculture industry forward. We are committed to investing in projects that will contribute to long-term growth and sustainability, and we encourage industry groups to contact us with their ideas.”

When examining investments into the northern region of the province, two investments totalling $296,090 will be made to the Peace River Forage Association of B.C. The new initiative will work with energy companies, contractors and seed growers in hopes of finding more effective methods to get land disturbed by the developments of pipelines, well-sites and roadways back into production.

The Association will use this project to work with oil and gas companies, reclamation companies and producers to identify desirable and effective vegetation cover for such disturbed soils, with the intention of improving erosion control, forage establishments, weed control and wildlife habitats.

Money from the IAF will also be allocated to potato farmers working in the Fraser Valley, which will receive $86,540 of that total.

$520,014 will also be provided to the northern B.C. Grain Producers’ Association, helping grain growers in the Peace Region conduct research trials for new crops and varieties best suited to grow in the challenging northern environment, and prepare them for emerging market opportunities.

For more information on the IAF and the program it delivers, visit the organization’s official website.


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