A farmer in Alberta is saving his farm from a blight outbreak and turning it into a credit line for farmers and ranchers.
The credit line would help him feed his family, but not necessarily for the foreseeable future.
In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics, Randy Buehler said he’s used his credits to buy new equipment and grow more crops.
He’s been making his living by farming for more than a decade.
“I’m trying to save the industry.
It’s a real problem,” he said.
Buehler owns a small farm in Burnaby, Alta.
It was not until this year that he noticed a spike in the blight outbreak, and he knew he needed to do something.
“If I don’t stop the blight, then my business is going to go down, I’m not going to have a job,” he explained.
“It’s been the same for every crop.
I’ve been working with the croplist and the farmer and we’ve done a good job and we’re now trying to make a little bit of a change,” he added.
He said he doesn’t have a lot of money to invest in his farm, and that’s why he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Bucehler said his farm is a “poster child for farmers in the area,” because of his experience.
“You don’t see the other people doing this.
The other crop farmers are working and doing it because they’re worried about their families,” he noted.
Bueshler’s business, which includes a tractor and other equipment, will likely cost him $2,500 a year.
He said that’s not a big enough amount of money for a family of four.
But, he said, “it’s not going away.
It’ll just go up a little more each year.””
It is a good situation.
I don, for one, do it because I love it.
I do it for my family,” he concluded.
He’s not the only one doing something to try to stop the crop.
The Canadian Agricultural Credit Union (CACU), which operates a credit union in Burnham, Alberta, says it has seen a similar trend.
“We have seen a spike and we are starting to see a reduction in blight.
We’ve seen some of the farmers start to have concerns about their crops.
We are seeing that and we have a plan to try and help them with that,” said Mike DeLuca, CACU president.
In fact, DeLucas has received so many inquiries about his organization’s plan to help farmers that he has set up a Facebook page.
“My hope is that we can get some of these farmers and families involved and help make a difference,” he told CBC.
“That is our main goal.
And hopefully, that will make a big difference.”
DeLuca said the group has reached out to more than 700 farmers and said it will be adding a credit program soon.