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New Program Helps Farmers With Grain Drying

A new grant program has been established to help farmers upgrade their grain handling systems.
 
The Efficient Grain Dryer Program allows applicants to choose equipment that is compatible for the size and volume of their farm operation and to improve energy efficiency.
 
"Last harvest was one of the toughest for Alberta farmers. Poor weather, trade irritants, rail strikes and a carbon tax have all hurt farmers through no fault of their own," Provincial Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen says. "This new program will help farmers remain competitive and keep producing the best high-quality food in the world."
 
The program is retroactive to April 1, 2018 to accommodate almost 100 applicants who've been waiting since then as well as those who weren't aware of the program previously and purchased eligible equipment in the last two years.
 
The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership with $2 million available.
 
Based on the final Alberta Crop Report dated Dec. 3, 2019 about 10 per cent of crops across Alberta were left in the fields to be harvested in spring 2020.
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