Relief expected for struggling N.S. beef farmers

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Help is coming for Nova Scotia's struggling beef farmers.
Exactly what form and when is not known but both Premier Darrell Dexter and Agriculture Minister John MacDonell spoke about the investment Tuesday at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's annual general meeting.
"It is designed to look towards the long-term viability and sustainability in the sector," Dexter told reporters after a short address to the organization. "This is not something that's going to be months in the making."
MacDonell said the documents have been prepared but have not gone to cabinet yet.
He said if all goes well, he suspects to be able to make an announcement by the third week in December.
That would be a welcome Christmas present for a sector that is
hurting.
"There's no substitute for hope and we need hope in that sector," Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture president Richard Melvin said.
Dexter said the days of "ad-hoc" funding are done.
"Farmers need and deserve support, but governments must also be responsible in how we spend limited tax dollars," he said.
"We all know that government can't continue to provide funding on an ad-hoc basis.
"Future investments by government need to be part of a long-term plan."
MacDonell said the new funding would be a component of its long-term strategy.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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