Hog Farmers Provided With Financial Options

first_imgHog producers in Nova Scotia have several options to assist them through financial difficulties. The Department of Agriculture has been working with industry to ensure hog producers facing financial difficulty are aware of the services and programs available to them. “We have mailed each hog farmer in Nova Scotia an information package outlining programs and services available if they are experiencing financial difficulties,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. In December, the department announced a $9.7-million financial assistance package for the agriculture industry. One component, totaling $2 million, includes about $500,000 for pork farmers and will start to be delivered as early as next week. “I understand the plight of pork farmers and the Department of Agriculture continues to help,” said Mr. Taylor. The Department of Agriculture has protocols in place to provide advice to farmers who are having difficultly, whether it be in beginning a business planning process or in dealing with immediate financial pressures. “We don’t want producers and their families to feel that they are alone or without reasonable options,” said Mr. Taylor. Pork farmers who wish to discuss these options should contact Derrick Jamieson at the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board at 902-893-6506 or visit the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf .last_img read more

Exclusive Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open

first_imgOxford has been told that any campus opened in France could have French legal status and would continue to receive EU funding.As part of the plans, British universities would “relocate” degree courses and study programmes and create joint degrees and research laboratories.Should Oxford and other leading institutions sign-off on the proposals, construction of the new Parisian campus would begin in 2018.A spokesman for Oxford said no decision had yet been taken, but added: “Oxford has been an international university throughout its history and it is determined to remain open to the world whatever the future political landscape looks like.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Francois Germinet, President of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, added that the project would represent an “extraordinary ground for experimentation” which would foster a new “relationship” between the UK and Europe.A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said:“The UK is home to some of the world’s best universities and research institutions, and we intend to secure the best possible outcome for the UK’s research base as we exit the EU.“We have already taken steps to provide assurances by committing to underwrite Horizon 2020 grants bid for prior to the UK’s departure from the EU and put science and research at the heart of our Industrial Strategy with an extra £2bn investment per year – and will seek agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives.” Jean-Michel Blanquer, the former director-general of the French ministry for education, confirmed that efforts were under way to lure Britain’s best universities across the Channel.Mr Blanquer, who is Dean of  Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), said that plans for a new international campus were already underway at Universite Paris Seine – an association of ten universities in the French capital.Mr Blanquer added that he and other leading French academics are currently discussing the plans with the French government.Mr Blanquer said that he was in the early stages of consultation with the European Commission, and had already met with officials from  Oxford and the University of Warwick to discuss the proposals. The Commission, which oversees European higher education funding projects such as the Horizon 2020 programme – worth more than £2bn in funding to UK universities – could guarantee the Oxbridge and others continued access to funding and research collaboration.While the future status of British universities in Europe remains unclear, leading academics have warned MPs that Brexit has the potential to cause the “biggest disaster” for the higher education if European research funding is withdrawn.Speaking at an Education Select Committee hearing last month, Professor Alastair Buchan, Oxford University’s recently appointed head of Brexit strategy, said that continued access to Europe was crucial to maintaining the university’s place in the “top league”.”This a Manchester United problem isn’t it?” he told MPs. “The idea that Manchester Utd would not recruit players and wouldn’t have fans and wouldn’t play abroad really means that we have got to do three things.“We have got to be absolutely sure we are open; every student and every staff member that comes to Oxford is a benefit for this country because we recruit quality, people that play in the top league.”Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Blanquer said that he hoped to attract the “highest calibre universities” in order to “preserve the relations built with their partners in Europe”.“It is for this reason that we have chosen to act very concretely in order to offer them the possibility to pursue their development alongside us,” he added.“The idea is symbolic, to say after Brexit: ‘we want to build bridges and that academic life is not totally dependent on political problems’.“We want to say to British universities: ‘it can be a win-win game for you’. To have high quality institutions from the UK working in our territory, interacting together in terms of research and collaboration.“We are at the beginning of the process, so that by 2018, we are in a position to guarantee these things. The main idea is to get European funding through co-operation with the UK and other European institutions.“Of course this comes down to political considerations, but we are confident that European institutions will be working towards this, to allow this kind of project.”center_img The idea is symbolic, to say after Brexit: ‘we want to build bridges and that academic life is not totally dependent on political problems’Jean-Michel Blanquer Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph can disclose.French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a “satellite” base in Paris.Other universities, including Warwick, were approached with the idea to build a new campus in Paris in 2018.It comes after France launched a charm offensive earlier this month to lure Britain’s bankers across the Channel after Britain voted to leave the EU. 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