There were a few items of note for the agriculture community in the Manitoba government's 2019-2020 Budget.
The major highlight from the budget was the reduction of the PST from eight to seven per cent on July 1, 2019.
Other agriculture related highlights include:
- increasing funding for the Young Farmer Rebate Enhancement Program by 32 per cent to $2 million
- developing a first-of-its-kind sustainable protein strategy
- reducing administrative and lending costs at the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC)
- providing income from the $102-million Conservation Trust to invest approximately $5 million annually for conservation projects that enhance natural areas and infrastructure, strengthen flood and drought protection, and support climate-change adaptation