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it’s due... The cowboy hat could be a clear giveaway (he wears them a lot these days) but is this really agriculture minister Norm Letnick doing a promotional schtick for the province's food donation tax credit for farmers? You'll have to ask Kelowna realtor and artist Darci Sellers (Giddy Monkey Face Painting), who created this image. Farmers who donate qualifying agricultural products to registered charities (such as food banks and school meal programs) are eligible to receive the credit, announced in last spring’s provincial budget. To boost awareness of the program, Letnick is encouraging producers to post pictures on social media of themselves with agricultural products that are eligible for the credit, using the hashtag #bcfoodtaxcredit. Products can include meat, eggs or dairy products, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, herbs, honey, maple syrup, mushrooms, nuts or other produce that has been grown, raised or harvested on a farm in B.C. The credit is worth up to 25 per cent of the fair-market value of the qualifying product and must be claimed in the same year that a charitable-and-other-gifts tax credit for individuals or deduction is claimed for the donation by a corporation.

2 British Columbia Berry Grower • Winter 2016-17

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