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Sask. MP not seeking re-election

Southwestern Saskatchewan Conservative MP David Anderson has announced he will not seek re-election this fall.

In a statement released March 4, he said it had been an honour to serve Cypress Hills-Grasslands, but the time had come to step down.

Anderson was first elected in 2000 and served in several capacities, including agriculture critic in opposition and parliamentary secretary to the minister of agriculture and the Canadian Wheat Board while in government.

“It is my expectation that Andrew Scheer and his caucus will form the next government of Canada, and I give them my support and best wishes,” he said.

Research winery officially opens

The Kentville Research and Development Centre was recently opened in Nova Scotia.

The $1.8 million research winery will help grape growers and vintners hone their production techniques in the province.

It will allow researchers to study how locally grown varieties, growing conditions and vineyard practices affect the chemistry of the grapes, which influences the wine’s finished characteristics.

Researchers will also study the techniques, such as fermentation and temperatures, that go into making wine, including natural yeasts that could contribute to unique characteristics in the province’s wine profiles.

Approximately 1,200 acres of vineyards were under production in Nova Scotia in 2018.

In 2018, the province’s 23 licensed wineries produced 1.5 million litres of wine valued at more than $23 million, employing more than 700 people.

FCC AgriSpirit Fund seeks applications 

Farm Credit Canada is accepting applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.

The application deadline is March 29 and FCC will announce the selected projects in August.

For the past 15 years, FCC has awarded rural community groups between $5,000 and $25,000 for various community improvement initiatives. 

This year it will award $1.5 million in funding to support projects that enhance the lives of residents or contribute to sustainability in communities.

Examples include capital expenditures on equipment purchase and installation, energy efficient building improvements and repairs and purchasing rescue and fire equipment. For more information, visit www.fccagrispiritfund.ca.

Animal welfare activities funded

The federal government is investing up to $4.56 million in the Canadian Animal Health Coalition, on behalf of the National Farm Animal Care Council, to help update and develop codes of practice for the care and handling of farmed animals.

The investment was made through the AgriAssurance program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The investment will be divided between four activities:

  • updating the transportation codes of practice for the care and handling of farm animals during transport
  • updating the dairy code of practice that will address new scientific findings, changes in industry practices and address changes in market and consumer demands
  • updating the goat code of practice that will respond to growing buyer and consumer expectations for on-farm animal welfare
  • developing a new code of practice for farmed finfish

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