Regional District supports agriculture applications


Photo: Members from the North Pine Farmers Institute and the Northern Development Initiative Trust request support from the Peace River Regional District on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The Peace River Regional District is supporting two applications that could benefit farmers in the North Peace.

At Thursday’s board meeting in Dawson Creek, the North Pines Farmers Institute asked the district to support an application submitted to the Northeast Regional Development Account for the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

The Institute is proposing to acquire and operate the Cargill elevator facilities in Fort St. John. So, the group is applying for a $965,000 loan, to buy a rail head and grain elevator. On September 22, The North Pines Farmers Institute entered into an agreement of purchase sale with Cargill Ltd. Northern

Development CEO Janine North says the proposed facility could give farmers in the North Peace a more economical way to get their product to market.

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But first, a business plan needs to be developed, which will be reviewed by the NDI.

Director Lori Ackerman was strongly in favor of the idea.

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Meanwhile, Connie Patterson from the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association asked the Regional District to support an application to construct a livestock auction building in the South Peace.

The association is applying for a $522,000 loan with the NDI, so that farmers in the Peace Region could auction their cattle in Dawson Creek.

Directors voted unanimously to support both applications.