One local agriculture producer is saying the Government’s new CAP program leaves him hopeful for some environmental benefits.
The Alberta Government unveiled the program in the agriculture section of the 2018 Budget. It works with the Federal Government and promises $47 million towards innovation, furthering trade, job creation and environmental sustainability in farming, among other goals. The program is an extension on the NDP’s prior “Growing Forward 2” program.
Lyndon Mansell, A member of the Alberta Beef Producers delegation for Innisfree, says that while he is still familiarizing himself with the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, he sees a possible environmental upside.
“Well I hope it will be positive. The previous Growing Forward program brought in a lot of environmental recognition of environmental factors, and I guess rewards for positive change in your operation. I’m thinking this will be a continuation.”
Mansell adds that another goal should be production efficiency, and keeping the focus on the needs of the rural farming community.
“Any time we’re more sustainable and more efficient, there’s a good chance we’re going to succeed. I’m a strong proponent that every farm should nurture another farm.”
More information on the CAP partnership can be found on the Canada Government’s website.