There was a brief truce Tuesday at an annual meeting of Ontario’s vegetable growers and the companies that process their harvests.
But it’s clear the power struggle over how prices are set in the industry continues.
In back-to-back speeches at the London meeting, Francis Dobbelaar, chairperson of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ Association, said the farmer-led agency should continue to negotiate prices on behalf of… Continue reading
For drivers in Southwestern Ontario, one of Canada’s busiest farm belts, the mix of farm equipment and regular traffic can be especially dangerous.
In Norfolk County, a 21-year-old man died recently when the farm tractor he was driving was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
Three years ago, two drivers — one in Elgin County, the other in Lambton — died within hours of… Continue reading
The days of soaring, double-digit annual increases in farmland prices in Southwestern Ontario are over.
The days of soaring, double-digit annual increases in farmland prices in Southwestern Ontario are over, the fallout of lower crop prices, a new private outlook suggests.
But demand for turf will still remain strong, only with more modest increases in land value, in the region that’s one of the nation’s richest farm belts.
“Increases of 20 to 30 per cent are not going to… Continue reading
Farming in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties is following many of the same trends locally as across Ontario and Canada, according to just-released statistics from the 2016 Census of Agriculture.
Each county had fewer farmers in 2016 compared to the last census five years earlier in 2011, but the average size of farms has risen.
The figures show the amount of acreage devoted to crop… Continue reading