Funding Will Help Peace Grain Farmers

DAWSON CREEK – The provincial government is providing $10,000 to the BC Grain Producers Association to support the Peace River Enfranchisement Pilot partnership in assessing the issue of excreta in cereal crop, announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

Grain producers in the Peace brought the issue to the attention of Lekstrom, who spoke to several government ministers about the ongoing problem.

“This is an important issue for farmers in my constituency and we need to act quickly on it. I’m happy to see this funding going to help examine the issue, and I hope that the assessment will result in viable solutions,” said Lekstrom. “This funding does not solve the problem alone, but I am hopeful that it will put us in the right direction to come to a resolution.”

The grant will help develop and implement a pilot project that will provide landowners with tangible, financial rewards in return for

habitat stewardship and access concessions. The pilot will create

alternate economic and ecological solutions to crop depredation problems on private lands. The assessment will be designed to determine the extent and severity of the fecal contamination in the Peace and it will explore the development of mitigation techniques. The funding is being matched by contributions garnered by the BC Grain Producers Association.