ALMA still taking proposals

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The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency will soon disappear but the organization is still taking funding applications from businesses, researchers, and others in the industry

“With our budget of $24 million, we encourage industry to continue submitting proposals and applications directly to ALMA throughout the transition,” president and CEO Gordon Cove said in a news release.

“All projects will continue as contracted and our staff will ensure projects are executed to our usual highest standards… Rest assured, the Alberta government is committed to fulfilling ALMA-industry grant contracts.”

The province announced in last month’s budget that it would disband the agency and take over its operations — a move it said will save about $3 million annually.

The move was decried by many in the livestock and processing sectors, who said the organization had proved its worth since its creation in 2008.

Cove said that came from developing strong relationships and partnerships.

“This was a result of our commitment to ask industry, ‘What do you need?’ and, ‘How can we best work with you?’”

The agency is also postponing the FutureFare 2016 event, originally scheduled for June 14, until the fall.

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