Nova Scotia farmers will continue to have programs to help them adapt to changing consumer markets, enhance food safety systems, support environmental actions and prevent disease and track food to its original source. Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor, with his Canadian counterparts, signed a $1.3-billion agreement today, July 11, during the annual ministers conference in Quebec City. The Growing Forward agreement will fund current programs and help develop new approaches for Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry. “Growing Forward provides many benefits right across the value chain, from farm gate to fork,” said Mr. Taylor. “We have consulted with the agricultural sector and involved them in discussions leading up to the signing of this agreement. “Growing Forward is good for Nova Scotia farmers because it provides program flexibility to meet local needs.” Nova Scotia will work with the federal government to determine the program details and implement them by April 1, 2009. The agreement is cost-shared 60-40 by the federal and provincial governments. The agreement also includes agriculture business risk-management programs.
The mystery of the Totnes skulls has been solved after a homeless man came forward to say the pair found near an derelict supermarket belonged to him.Workmen were clearing a vagrant camp behind a former Budgens supermarket in the Devon town when they stumbled across the first of the 100-year-old skulls.Police were called to the site in Totnes on Monday, only to be told another skull had been found nearby, on the banks of the River Dart. “I’d imagine they were acquired from one of his friends in the vagrant community.”One of the skulls is that of a man and the other belonged to a woman and still has some hair attached to it.Both have now been sent to the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee to be properly dated, though it is believed from initial assessment they were between 60 and 100 years old. Police say the skulls have been examined by specialist officers and are believed to be up to 100 years oldCredit:Totnes Police / SWNS.com Workmen made their grisly discovery behind an empty Budgens building in Fore Street (pictured), in Totnes, DevonCredit:APEX