Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beef gets an $8.3-million boost

Taxpayers are giving beef farmers $8.3 million, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced while attending the Calgary Stampede.

The money Is for six projects, one of which is $5.3 million to increase exports and ensure the industry meet “the highest standards in animal welfare and sustainability,” the government said.

There are new opportunities available from recent trade agreements with Europe, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and with the United States and Mexico.

There is $1.7 million for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association “to offer producers new tools to build public trust in their product around the world. This funding will help all producers take full advantage of the Verified Beef Production Plus Program.”