Dalley, Ritz talk agriculture in a dairy barn

James McLeod jmcleod@thetelegram.com
Published on August 12, 2014
Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley talks with Kilbride farmer Robert Walsh about his dairy operation. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley were in a barn full of cows in Kilbride Tuesday to talk about “Growing Forward 2.”

The federal-provincial program will provide $6 million for 95 different agriculture projects this year.

Dalley and Ritz were at the Glenview Farm, where owner Robert Walsh has fitted his dairy cows with collars that monitor their bodies to optimize milk production and breeding.

Walsh said that he’s grateful for the money, and he believes the government needs to invest in farming in Newfoundland and Labrador to maintain food security in the province.

In total, the federal and provincial governments plan on spending $37 million over five years on the Growing Forward 2 program.