Minister of Agriculture and Lands visits Fort St. John


Photo: MLA Pat Pimm, Left, and Minister of Agriculture and Lands Steve Thomson met at Pimm’s office on 100th street, before they headed off to the roundtable discussion on Thursday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Lands will be in the Peace Region for the next couple of days, to hear the concerns of farmers in the area.

Minister Steve Thomson is participating in a roundtable discussion on Thursday to get a sense of the current state of industry in the area.

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He says some sectors of the agriculture community are booming while some are less well-off.

Minister Thomson notes both the red-meat and hog sector are facing problems, but the Ministry is working at both the provincial and federal level to come up with solutions. He says his key priorities are to make sure B.C. has programs and policies in place to make sure the agriculture industry moves forward and is profitable in the long term.

Minister Thomson notes the Harmonized Sales Tax is helping achieve that goal.

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Minister Thomson will be meeting with the Grain Producers Association, local cattleman groups and the Regional District Advisory Committee.

He will also be touring a local farm, and taking part in the fall fair in Dawson Creek.