The federal government’s plan to diversify parts of B. C. where the mountain pine beetle has eaten into the forestry sector will include funds for a mobile poultry-processing unit.
The federal Western Economic Diversification department will put up $220,000 through its two-year, $33 million Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), for the Cariboo-Central Interior Poultry Producers Association to create a mobile unit to help encourage growth in the poultry industry.
“The project will also increase the availability of safe, inspected, locally grown food for residents, and help meet a growing demand for poultry in our region,” local MP Dick Harris said in a release April 6.
Cariboo-Central Interior Poultry Producers Association president Christine Piltz said the funding “will also help to facilitate agriculture diversification by providing opportunities to small-scale farmers in the region.”
Low-Phytate, Hulless Barley Available
The Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan has recently announced that the low-phytate, hulless barley variety CDC Lophy-I is now available as a publically released variety, the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative web-site says.
Seed growers with pedigreed seed are free to multiply and market pedigreed seed.
Brian Rossnagel, an oat and barley plant breeder from the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre, is encouraging swine producers to indicate their desire for access to this low-phytate barley to seed growers and suppliers soon so that they may produce sufficient seed supplies to meet local demand.
If the interest and demand from hog producers is lacking, Rossnagel says that “it is unlikely that seed growers will bother to increase seed, and this potentially valuable tool to assist in reducing P (phosphorus) effluent will be lost.”