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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will support jobs and economic growth in South Western Ontario

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a modernized North American free trade agreement that is good for Canada and good for Canadians. It is the result of Canada’s resolve at the negotiation table and our focus on getting the job done.
To promote the benefits and opportunities of the USMCA, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, delivered a… Continue reading

Ernie Hardeman, the longtime Oxford MPP, has been named minister for agriculture, food and rural affairs.

Oxford County MPP Ernie Hardeman has been tapped to lead the agriculture portfolio under Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet, unveiled June 29, as Ford took power. The cabinet contains 21 members, down from the 28 ministers in place under former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne.

Hardeman has held the post previously, serving as minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1999 to 2001 under… Continue reading

Bringing Canadian bacon to China

The Canadian pork industry celebrated a milestone achievement at the Ontario Pork Congress today.

Shortly before noon, Mr. Yan, president of the Inner Mongolia Dahaoheshaw Agriculture and Husbandry Science and Technology Co. Ltd. in China, signed a contract to purchase 1,000 nucleus purebred pigs and 1,000 doses of frozen swine semen from Ontario-based companies.

Alliance Genetics Canada (AGC), a swine genetics company headquartered in St.… Continue reading

Boost for Ontario ginseng growers

Ontario ginseng has become a hot commodity in markets around the world in the past decade, and Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister wants to help farmers capitalize on that growth.

Lawrence MacAulay visited the farm of Bob Yin just south of Waterford on Tuesday to announce an investment of $360,521 to the Ontario Ginseng Growers’ Association (OGGA) to help in promotion and pursuit of new… Continue reading

2017 Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada

The 2017 Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada provides an annual look at the provincial and regional land value trends across Canada-this year in price per acre. Farmland values increased on average of 15.6% in 2017, to an average of $9,929 per acre. Prices for farmland across the region ranged from $6100 to $17,900 per acre. Across the province of Ontario the average farmland… Continue reading

Venture Norfolk is here to help with your next new business venture.

Venture Norfolk is a community-based, not-for-profit Corporation located in Simcoe, Ontario, and is funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Their mission is to assist individuals, businesses, and organizations in the creation and maintenance of jobs in Norfolk County. Venture Norfolk plays a local leadership role in delivering financial and consulting services to small and medium-sized enterprises and in providing community economic… Continue reading

New products could help industry adapt to changing consumer preferences

Ontario’s chicken farmers and other members of the industry may be more equipped to address shifting preferences in the marketplace, thanks to a new program from the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO).

The Ontario Chicken Innovation and Growth Program aims to encourage industry members – such as processors, food service companies, restaurants and retailers – to create new products for consumers, according to reports last… Continue reading

The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership what does it mean for Ontario Farmers.

Ontario has signed a new bilateral agreement with the federal government that will support strategic, long-term investments that will spur innovation, economic growth and create jobs in Ontario’s agri-food sector.

Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, were in Guelph today to make the announcement.… Continue reading

Bill 153 addresses Organic Certification in Ontario.

When the Organic Council of Ontario asked me to interview farmers and other organic business people to collect their thoughts on Bill 153 (the Organic Products Act), I relished the idea of interviewing Dave Meli, executive butcher at the Healthy Butcher – downtown Toronto’s go-to organic butcher shop. I have long held their practices in high esteem, so it was my pleasure to ask… Continue reading

Norfolk County expected to be top producer of legal Marijuana in the not too distant future.

With this track record and Norfolk’s reputation as “Ontario’s Garden,” it would surprise no one if the county eventually became Canada’s top producer of legal marijuana.

Norfolk council is facing the prospect with some trepidation.

Medicinal marijuana is already grown legally in numerous locations in Norfolk. As the industry intensifies, it is creating headaches by way of neighbourhood conflicts and incompatible land uses.

In response,… Continue reading