Future at stake for test farm

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Beef testing station awating word on funding

NAPPAN - Three months after applying for provincial funding officials at the Maritime Beef Test station in Nappan are still awaiting word on whether they are going to receive the money they need to continue operating beyond next year.

Future at stake for test farm

NAPPAN - Three months after applying for provincial funding officials at the Maritime Beef Test station in Nappan are still awaiting word on whether they are going to receive the money they need to continue operating beyond next year.

"We're still waiting," society office manager Bernadette Hoeg said Wednesday. "We've done everything we've been asked to do but all we've heard is that someone is reviewing our application."

Members of the society that operates the beef testing station will gather in Nappan next Tuesday to discuss the situation and decide their next course of action. Hoeg said the society finished the past fiscal year in July in good shape and they've already committed to moving forward with the next year of beef testing.Beyond that, though, is not known unless the Nova Scotia government comes forward with some funding.

The centre's future was cast into doubt earlier this year when the province informed the society it would not be providing its portion of the funding used to operate the facility. Instead, representatives from the Department of Agriculture suggested centre officials apply for funding through a newly established investment fund.

Hoeg said the centre applied for three years of funding, or $75,000. When she didn't hear anything in August, Hoeg contacted the province about the application only to be told there was information missing.

"I don't know what's going to take place," she said. "They've said we have to work towards self-sufficiency. We've come a long way in just a few years. When I came here we were $35,000 in the hole, now we're $6,000 or $7,000 above board."

The centre accepts around 200 beef cattle from throughout the Maritimes for winter testing while it also holds regular steer sales, including one scheduled for Oct. 14 and another the following weekend. It also works closely with the adjacent Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada research station.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Agriculture

Geographic location: NAPPAN, Nova Scotia

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  • Sydney
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    I LOVE THE COWS IN THAT PICTURE! ? lol im a cow fan