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Keeping research station for agriculture

MP Cathy McLeod is helping to create a sub-committee on keeping the soon to be closed federal agriculture research station in the industry.
Image Credit: SOURCE/Cathy McLeod

KAMLOOPS – Kamloops councillors have an ally in their efforts to ensure the Grassland Applied Technology Centre site remains dedicated to agriculture, even after it closes.

MP Cathy McLeod joins Coun. Nelly Dever in building a committee to figure out what to do with it. 

Both were moved to act after a meeting earlier this month with industry players who will suffer most without the research station.

“We have to remember one-third of all the cattle industry in the province is here and that's huge,” Coun. Nancy Bepple says. “(The research station) is an asset that really supported them.”

The facility has been in Kamloops for nearly 80 years and spent most of those years studying cattle and feed and in 2011 began looking at grassland and environmental range practices instead. It was announced in May the station would be closed by the end of the summer as the federal government continues to consolidate research stations. The two remaining research stations in B.C. are in Agassiz and Summerland.

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