BC and Canadian government agree to five-year agriculture funding partnership

The BC government has announced a five year funding partnership between the provincial and federal governments that will see $115 million put in BC programs supporting farming, ranching and food-processing sectors.

“British Columbia is developing programs that will help farmers, ranchers and food processors create new technology and products, expand sales, improve their efficiency and sustainability, and protect themselves from crop losses and income declines,” BC Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said.

“We’re also looking at ways to support new entrants and young farmers, so agriculture in B.C. attracts new businesses, revenues and employees, and reaches new levels of success in the next five years.”

Programs for market development, agri-technology and on-farm and processor food safety will be funded. Business-development services and environmental programs are also key to the partnership.

This partnership replaces Growing Forward 2, the five-year federal-provincial agreement that ended March 31, 2018.

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