Hope on the horizon for beef station

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Funding programs may be able to help keep testing station aflaot

A meeting with provincial officials has provided a glimmer of hope for the Maritime Beef Testing Station.

I think it was productive, said Bernadette Hoeg, spokesperson for the society that operates the station. I think were going to get the money but we have to get it through the proper channels. I might be wrong, but thats the feeling I got.

A meeting with provincial officials has provided a glimmer of hope for the Maritime Beef Testing Station.

I think it was productive, said Bernadette Hoeg, spokesperson for the society that operates the station. I think were going to get the money but we have to get it through the proper channels. I might be wrong, but thats the feeling I got.

The future of the facility was placed in doubt earlier this month when an expected $25,000 operating grant from the Nova Scotia government did not come through, and inquiries found it had not been budgeted for this year.

Last Thursday Hoeg and society president Gerald Steeves met with Paul LaFleche, deputy minister of agriculture, Brian Smith, executive director for fisheries and agricultural services, and Christine Moore, co-ordinator of programs and risk management.

During the meeting they were informed of different grant programs they could apply to for funding, according to Hoeg, who said Moore offered to help her fill out the necessary applications. The $25,000 they need would come from one of these grants.

While some programs are available to individual farmers for manure, storage and other needs, there is a new infrastructure fund available to organizations that Hoeg expects would be the best bet for the station.

She is even hopeful that, if successful in the grant application, the funding will be secured for up to three years.

While not out of the woods yet, Hoeg seemed optimistic a solution will be reached.

Basically it has to be supported by farmers and I think it is, she said. They dont want the place shut down because this is where they get their genetics from. Its just day to day now, so far so good.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Beef Testing Station

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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