Long-term plan needed for farm: MP

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Darrell Cole
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OTTAWA - Bill Casey is giving is former government comrades a gentle nudge regarding the future of the Nappan experimental farm.

Theyve really given the farm a long-term plan. Theyve invested some money and upgraded some facilities, but it still doesnt have a long-term plan, Casey said. I just want to make sure it doesnt fall off the radar screen.

Casey asked a question on the farm on Wednesday and has meet with the new federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and plans to meet with him again soon to discuss how the farm fits into the departments long-range plans.

The Independent Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valey MP feels he has a good working relationship with Ritz and is confident the minister and his staff will take a look at how the farm can serve the industry for many years to come.

They are doing some work there but there are all kinds of things that can be done there, Casey said. They could continue on with beef research, which is really important to our area. We have to have the best quality beef if were going to compete.

Casey feels Nappan could also be the Atlantic regions organic research centre while ethanol is another area of study he sees the farm having potential for.

Farming uses a lot of energy but it could also produce a lot of energy through ethanol products, he said. Right now theres research being done in every part of Canada on ethanol except Atlantic Canada.

The future of the farm was placed in doubt in early 2004 when the former Liberal government announced its closure. That same government placed a moratorium on all closures once it realized the process used to identify farms for closure was flawed.

Soon after coming to power in early 2006, the Conservatives committed to keeping the farm open.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Atlantic Canada

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