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BC Hydro grants fund two Peace Region agricultural associations

Money to be used for new seed cleaning technology
BC Hydro has awarded grants for two Peace Region seed cooperatives to go towards new state-of-the-art technology.

The South Peace Grain Cleaning Cooperative will receive $254,000 from BC Hydro's Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund to purchase and install an optical sorting machine.

The sorter uses cameras and lighting to sift through seed to find and remove foreign materials.

It’s one of two agricultural associations in the region that have been approved for grants.

Fort St. John’s Seed Cleaning Cooperative is the other, awarded $746,000 towards its $1.2 million upgrade of its existing seed cleaning plant.

The money will be used to install an optical sorter, colour sorter, gravity separator and super cleaner at its facility.

The new state-of-the-art technology will help to filter unwanted seeds and other objects from grains, cereal crops, seeds and pulses.