Ministers Schumann and MacAulay Talk Agriculture in Hay River

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September 13, 2017

Minister Wally Schumann hosted his federal counterpart, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, in Hay River September 8, 2017.

The afternoon tour included stops at two of the NWT’s most advanced commercial agriculture operations: the Northern Farm Institute (NFTI) and Polar Eggs.

While in Hay River, the Ministers met with Western Arctic MP Michael Macleod; Hay River MLA RJ Simpson; Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Employment Cory Vanthuyne; and GNWT Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernathy.

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Jackie Milne welcomed the delegation along with Chief of the Kátł’odeeche First Nation, Roy Fabien to NFTI.

The Northern Farm Training Institute has been an ally in bringing the NWT Agriculture Strategy to fruition.  In addition to providing opportunities for mentorship and education in farming and agriculture, NIFTI is working with the Department of ITI to develop food safety programs for micro dairy and farm-gate meat sales.

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Michael Wallington provided a tour and overview of the Polar Egg Grading Station.  Polar Egg provides fresh, high-quality eggs to residents across the NWT from its Hay River establishment and is an example of the commercial success envisioned for the NWT agriculture sector.

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The afternoon included the official debut of the Polar Egg six-egg carton; an initiative made possible with the support of the Growing Forward 2 program delivered jointly by the federal and territorial governments.

Ministers Schumann and MacAulay also took time to talk with local Hub/NewsNorth reporter Paul Bickford.

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Hon. MacAuley was in the NWT to profile consultations on the development of a food policy for Canada. 

As part of its implementation of the NWT Agriculture Strategy, the GNWT will be sponsoring an NWT Agriculture Conference in Hay River Oct 14-15, 2017.