Funds announced to study economic opportunities

The Venables Valley Producers Co-op and the Seton Lake Indian Band were recipients of federal grants that were announced in Ashcroft last week. The Producers Co-op received $25,200 to conduct a feasibility study for a facility to compost pine-beetle killed trees, while the Seton Lake Indian Band received $99,000 to develop an economic plan and … Continued

City seeds farmers market

| Business, Government |

A woman checks out some of the fresh flowers at the Halifax Farmers Market in this file photo. (INGRID BULMER / Staff / File) The proposed Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is $1 million closer to reality after a funding boost from regional council. The manager of the waterfront market, slated to go next to Pier … Continued

Cuba to let farmers buy equipment on credit

| Agriculture, Government |

HAVANA — Communist Cuba has begun offering private farmers equipment and other resources on credit along with more land, as President Raul Castro seeks to reform agriculture by loosening the state’s grip. Just days after a government decree authorizing land grants to farmers, they are being called to meetings and asked what machinery and other … Continued

Ethanol producers downplay potential provincial policy shift

| Agriculture, Government |

Despite strong hints the Ontario government may back away from its earlier ethanol commitments, it’s full steam ahead for the $132-million ethanol plant in Aylmer, says a company official. "The statement by Premier (Dalton) McGuinty will not affect our plans," says Tom Cox, chairman of the Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC), which owns the plant. … Continued

Innovative Art Co-op Scores Tax Victory for All Commercial Non-profit Co-ops

Under the leadership of its Co-Chair, Sid Gould, InsideArt Cooperative has been successful in stating its case to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that this non-profit cooperative is not subject to the payment of corporate tax on its net income. InsideArt was counseled by an accountant specialized in co-op taxation that it must file a … Continued