The province’s Minister of Agriculture has a feeling of cautious optimism about the farming business heading into 2019.
David Marit noted farmers face several challenges in the coming year, including higher costs related to a federal carbon tax.
However, he, for the most part, remains optimistic.
“Hopefully, we can see an upward movement in the grain side and the cattle side would be encouraging,” said Marit. “I think, with the new trade deals that we have signed, hopefully gives us some opportunity to move our commodities elsewhere.”
Marit also sees federal initiatives to raise royalty rates for seed breeding as an important issue for farmers in 2019.
“My focus will be after the New Year, in February and March, engaging with those groups and seeing what their discussions and what their recommendations may be.”