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

BHP Billiton and Saskpower partner to accelerate development of CCS

first_imgBHP Billiton and Saskatchewan-based electricity provider, SaskPower, have announced a partnership to accelerate the global development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by sharing access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam facility – the world’s first full chain power sector CCS project. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies, and subject to contractual terms, BHP Billiton would contribute to the establishment of a global knowledge centre to help promote research and reduce the cost and risk associated with new CCS projects.BHP Billiton Chief Commercial Officer, Dean Dalla Valle, said he was excited that the company was working with SaskPower to support efforts to reduce the world’s emissions. “To respond effectively to climate change, we must develop and deploy a wide range of low emissions technologies more quickly than the usual commercial timeframes. But progress remains too slow.“The individual components of CCS (capture, transport and storage) have been successfully demonstrated for many years but Boundary Dam is the first power project to bring all these together. Much more investment and many more projects are needed to bring down the cost of technology and accelerate its deployment. By making relevant information from Boundary Dam more widely available, we hope our contribution has a multiplier effect and promotes CCS investment around the world.“We continue to assess other investments to support the development of CCS and other low emissions technology as part of our commitment to take action on climate change,” Dalla Valle said.In welcoming the partnership Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall said: “We’re very happy to have BHP Billiton and SaskPower seek to partner on next steps, and make CCS more accessible to the world. With private enterprises like BHP Billiton investing in low emissions technology, we are turning the tide today in Saskatchewan, and tomorrow around the world.”SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said: “SaskPower’s CCS journey began more than a decade ago, and today we’re proud to develop this exciting opportunity with BHP Billiton. The intention of this partnership is to allow the CCS expertise and knowledge being developed in Saskatchewan to be shared worldwide, and what better way to do that than with a major global business leader.”Giles Hellyer, President BHP Billiton Canada, said he was proud that BHP Billiton was seeking to partner with a local Saskatchewan organisation to achieve excellent work that is firmly aligned with BHP Billiton’s climate change position. “As the home of our Jansen potash project, we have a strong connection with and commitment to Saskatchewan and it’s great to see some of the innovative work being done in the region recognised globally as part of such an important effort to reduce the world’s emissions.”“This partnership demonstrates the strength of the work being undertaken by SaskPower at the Boundary Dam facility, the support offered by the Saskatchewan Government and BHP Billiton’s commitment to tackling climate change. We know there is still much more to be done in CCS, but we are encouraged by the results we are seeing today, and the innovations we are working on for tomorrow. The Boundary Dam project offers lessons for all of us and we look forward to being part of it.”last_img read more