Province announces $15 million for ID

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The Alberta government has announced $15 million for a new three-year age-verification incentive program. The incentive will be available in the form of a discount towards subsequent purchases of radio frequency identification tags.

“Our government is committed to working with industry to build a stronger beef sector and age-verification is a crucial piece of that,” Agriculture Minister Jack Hayden said in a release.

The program applies incentive-discounts of up to three dollars, per each age-verified animal, for radio frequency identification tag purchases between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2012.

“Alberta Beef Producers believes that the cattle producers of Alberta will appreciate the program being announced by minister Hayden today,” Chuck MacLean, board chair of Alberta Beef Producers said in the release. “The payment acknowledges that age verification information has value. In these tough economic times, producers welcome the support of government.”

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