$1.5 million | Grain, weed, reclamation projects receive funds
Grain research plots, weed control and forage land reclamation projects are major recipients of funding announced last week by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia.
The foundation earmarked $1.5 million in funding for research projects, and the B.C. Grain Producers Association will receive the largest single amount, $520,014.
According to a foundation news release, the money will allow research trials for new crops and varieties best suited to grow in the Peace River region of B.C.
Changing weather patterns indicate the growing region could expand north, and trials will help B.C. farmers prepare for emerging market opportunities, the foundation said.
The Peace River Forage Association of B.C. will receive $177,550 for ongoing work on reclamation of land disturbed by pipelines, well sites and roads.
The Invasive Species Council of B.C. will receive $107,000 to develop voluntary codes of conduct and a recognition mechanism for groups that demonstrate commitment to fighting invasive plants.
This project is a partnership between the council and the B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association.
The B.C. Agriculture Council will use $40,932 to enhance the seasonal agriculture worker program.
It plans to pilot a peer-reviewed issues line for complaints by workers or observers and make recommendations for improvements to the program.
Insurance broker AON Benfield was awarded $145,280 to complete its development of an avian influenza insurance program for the B.C. poultry industry.
Other funding from the foundation was distributed for research into blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, sake rice varieties, spider mite control in potatoes and agricultural marketing projects.