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Northern Development approves more than half a million dollars for 19 projects through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund

Money for agriculture projects.
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Money.

Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today 19 projects totalling nearly $517,000 have been approved to benefit the agriculture industry through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF).

Recipients receiving the grants include:

Muddy Creek Livestock Ltd. (Pouce Coupe): $27,286 for a livestock goat handling system. Certain regions of the ranch were under-utilized due to the single species grazing model (cattle only) and are primarily made up of coniferous and deciduous trees, woody shrubs and native grasses. To utilize the diverse native plant species, a small flock of meat goats were added to the operation in 2021. The goats preferring woody shrubs and weeds over the grasses and despite having unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water, the goats consumed very little. This project serves as an opportunity to build the ranch’s resilience against drought, in addition to improving the utilization of their current land base.

BC Grain Producers Association: $100,000 for the Peace Region field research project, which aims to improve the sustainability of farms in the region. The goal is to assist producers in taking risks to try new crops, varieties and practices as well as collect data to continue to adopt best management practices on their farms and encourage others to try new practices as well. The project will assist grain producers in data collection and use information collected from multiple farms to share with others in the region. The long-term goal is to collect multiple years data and create a database for all producers to easily access unbiased research results.

“We are very pleased to see such a significant number of projects approved for this intake totalling over half a million dollars,” Joel McKay, CEO Northern Development Initiative Trust.

“The Trust applauds the diversity and ingenuity shown from the Peace Region farmers and producers as they strive for sustainability and growth.”

In addition, other projects were approved for funding through the BC Hydro PACF:

Venator Ranches Ltd. (Hudson’s Hope): $50,000 for a slaughter, cut and wrap facility

Allison and Marty Mackay (Taylor): $26,349 for the Peace Region Farm Store.

North Peace 4-H District Council: $2,362 for a beef announcer booth

Chetwynd Public Library Association: $3,275 for community gardening literacy

Wollen Sons Ranch Ltd.: $9,289 for winter watering and shelters

Wallace and Pam Boring: $10,027 for ranch fencing

Fort St. John Association for Community Living: $11,190 for growing connections aquaponics

Joseph Fellers: $11,400 for Cecil Lake Haskap Orchard wildlife fence

Shaun Cusack: $13,134 for the Sweet Hills Ranch Vermicast farm

Rafter LT Ranch: $14,317 for water securement

Carol Nelson: $15,157 for a sheep pasture and handling system

Niklaus and Therese Rubin: $19,080 for pasture expansion

Peace River Forage Association of B.C.: $23,244 for knowledge for resilience in the Peace

Rafter H Holdings Ltd. $33,552 for fencing

Tea Creek Farms Ltd. $47,080 for grain dryer capacity upgrades

Simon Loewen $50,000 for grain cleaning equipment

Wesland Electric and Controls Inc. (D.B.A. Rafter WL Ranch): $50,000 for high efficiency grain drying installation

Since the launch of the fund, over $1.2 million has been awarded to 53 projects. This is the fifth intake from the $20 million bi-annual fund, which was established in 2018. Each project must fall into one of three categories: events and educational initiatives, farming infrastructure, or research and demonstration initiatives.

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