New Flax commission official
Wayne Thompson is expected to join the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission as executive director in August.
He will replace Linda Braun, who has held the position since 1997.
Thompson’s experience includes the family farm near Carnduff, Sask., and most recently with the Western Grains Research Foundation.
Ontario horticulture industry gets funding
The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Lincoln Ont., is receiving $26.5 million in federal and provincial funding.
Funding will support innovations in the centre’s three areas of research: genetics for more resilient crops, enhanced horticultural production systems for better pest management and consumer insights to support new products such as varieties of vegetables, apples and wine.
Carbon tax relief grant available
Commercial greenhouse operators in British Columbia have until May 19 to apply for the province’s 2014 greenhouse carbon tax relief grant program.
Commercial vegetable and floriculture producers, wholesale nurseries, and forest seedling nurseries are eligible to apply.
The annual grants cover 80 percent of the carbon tax that commercial greenhouse growers pay on the natural gas and propane that they use for greenhouse heating and carbon dioxide production.
Applications and e-forms are available at www.gov.bc.ca/agri/.
Livestock official hired
Cameron Wilk has been appointed chief executive officer of the Livestock Services of Saskatchewan Corp.
Wilk was previously provincial manager of field services in the provincial agriculture ministry’s livestock branch.
B.C. grape, wine sector gets funding
The British Columbia Wine Grape Council hopes to use $2 million in federal funding to improve Canadian wine.
The funding is expected to help the industry better compete in domestic and international markets and increase producers’ bottom lines by improving quality and yields and reducing losses from pests and diseases.
B.C.’s wine industry has annual sales of more than $54 million with exports of almost $8 million, an increase of more than $6 million in the past six years.
Licence application for B.C. vegetable program
Producers of storage and processing crops in British Columbia will soon be able to renew their annual licence.
Licences issued last year will expire May 15. Information and a renewal form will arrive by mail.
The completed form and Class 1 annual producer licence fee of $250 needs to arrive at the Vegetable Marketing Commission no later than May 14.
For more information, contact Sharon Danyluk at 604-542-9734 ext. 24.