Hog 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 .