Program Supports Limestone Access for Farmers

Agriculture

January 29, 2018 12:06 PM

A program to help farmers cover the cost of transporting limestone for use in reducing soil acidity is now accepting applications for 2018-19.

The limestone trucking program will provide up to $20,000 to eligible farms and is accepting applications until April 1 for trucking activity between Jan. 1 and June 30.

“Access to limestone to help reduce the acidity of soil is critical for the viability and prosperity of farms across the province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “By reducing their transportation costs this funding helps to ensure farmers have equitable access to limestone no matter where they are in Nova Scotia.”

Applicants must be a registered farm, have completed a soil analysis report and have a nutrient management plan that indicates the need for limestone. Reimbursement will be 80 per cent of either the cost of trucking or the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal gravel rate, whichever is less.

“We appreciate the province’s continued support for this program,” said Victor Oulton, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “With favourable changes, including an earlier purchase period and a second application intake period, farmers will be able to increase profitability.”

A second application period will be opened in the fall.

For information and applications visit novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/ or contact Programs and Business Risk Management at 1-866-844-4276.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A program to help farmers cover the cost of transporting

limestone is now accepting applications for 2018-19 until

April 1st.

     Applicants must be a registered farm, have completed a soil

analysis report and have a nutrient management plan that

indicates the need for limestone.

     The Limestone Trucking Assistance Program will provide up to

$20,000 to eligible farms for trucking activity between January

1st and June 30th. Reimbursement will be 80 per cent of either

the cost of trucking or the Nova Scotia Department of

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal gravel rate, whichever

is less.

     Information is available by contacting the Department of

Agriculture’s programs and business risk management division.

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