Core funding for ag societies maintained, says government

From the High Prairie South Peace News

Local agricultural societies and rural utilities will get continued funding and support from the provincial government. This news comes from Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen.

“With a difficult harvest, farmers can at least bank on a government that supports them,” said Dreeshen in a Nov. 7 news release. “The Alberta government is committed to funding important rural initiatives.”

Core annual funding for agricultural societies is being maintained at $11.5 million. Ag societies operate more than 700 facilities across the province, including hockey and curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos, fairs, farmers markets, 4-H clubs, ag and safety education.

In the release, the ministry says engagements with farmers will take place over the winter, “to determine their research priorities and then programs will be built to support them.”

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