Farmers in the north shore of the island of Newfoundland are getting a lot of tips from the news.
The CBC reported this week that some farmers are starting to report to work at the farm bureau, an insurance agency that provides assistance to farmers who don’t have insurance.
The province has asked insurance companies to help cover the costs of farm bills and other expenses of growing crops on the island, which is home to about 200,000 people.CBC said the Newfoundland government is working with the insurance agency, as well as with the Nova Scotia government, to get more farm bills paid.
Farmers in Nova Scotia are now getting tips from their neighbours.
“It’s not just me, it’s all the people in the province,” said farmer Jack Ralston.
“We know where they live, where they work and they know how to take care of their land and the crops.
We’re going to do that for them.”CBC reported the Newfoundland farm bureau’s website is a great resource to find out more about the province’s farm insurance and other services, and to find information on how to pay a bill.
The Newfoundland government has said it’s not responsible for the farm insurance costs, and is working to ensure the province can pay farmers for any crop damage.
“Farmers are still working hard to make sure they’re getting the best price possible, and that the crops are growing,” said minister of economic development and infrastructure John Fraser.
“There’s no reason why they should have to worry about this,” Fraser said.
Ralston said he’s grateful for the assistance from the Nova Scotian government.
“I can’t imagine life without this,” he said.