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Fostering strong relations with NSAC in Truro

AMHERST - While the Nappan experimental farm will not be directly impacted by a federal funding announcement made in Truro on Monday, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey feels the farm will soon have a closer relationship with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.
"I think you'll see a closer relationship and with that relationship Nappan will have new life breathed into it," Casey said Monday.
Earlier in the day, the federal government announced $1.3 million for the organic agricultural industry in Canada. The funding includes $711,500 to help the industry's major research arm at the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada in Truro to better identify research needs and more effectively community research results back to the sector.
Another $565,900 will be used to develop a national sector organization, the Organic Federation of Canada, to bring together all the players in the industry.
The news comes soon after Casey was told by Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada Minster Gerry Ritz that the Nappan experimental farm has been identified as a centre for organic research.
"These announcements fit right in with the proposed plan for Nappan. They are wonderful announcements for the future and although they don't help farmers right now it does give them hope to move forward," Casey said. "This research and development will turn them back into profitable operations."
Casey sees the experimental farm working closely with the agricultural college to develop the organic farming industry. More importantly, it should give the farm clear direction after being in limbo since it was saved from the chopping block a couple of years ago.
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.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Organic Agriculture Centre, Organic Federation of Canada Agri-Foods Canada Minster Gerry Ritz

Geographic location: Truro, Canada, AMHERST

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