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Beef Testing station officials to meet deputy minister

Officials with the Maritime Beef Testing Station are hoping a meeting with the deputy minister of agriculture this week will shed some light on the future of their organization.

Society spokesperson Bernadette Hoeg said the minister will sit down with station officials on Thursday to discuss what provincial programs the centre is eligible to apply for to make up the funding shortfall from the province.

Officials with the Maritime Beef Testing Station are hoping a meeting with the deputy minister of agriculture this week will shed some light on the future of their organization.

Society spokesperson Bernadette Hoeg said the minister will sit down with station officials on Thursday to discuss what provincial programs the centre is eligible to apply for to make up the funding shortfall from the province.

"There is a new infrastructure investment that has just been unveiled and we're going to discuss whether we qualify to get the money from that," Hoeg said.

The station determines the best bulls that convert feed into weight through a testing process, and then sells the tested bulls at the annual spring auction.

Hoeg and others within the industry are concerned about the impact of the loss of the centre to a business still trying to recover from a series of setbacks.

The future of the beef testing station was put in doubt a couple of weeks ago when centre officials went public with their concerns about the lack of funding from the Nova Scotia government. Both Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have already provided their funding.

Hoeg said a lot of the anxiety over the centre's future could have been solved if they had been informed of this infrastructure investment fund early on.

"My feeling on this is we shouldn't have to go through this every year. They're going to have to say there is a way to get this funding every year. We shouldn't have to go looking for it every year and fight the same battle over again," Hoeg said.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Beef Testing Station

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick

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