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WESTERN ONTARIO - Planting season cold, wet and slow but rolling along

Posted on Jun 6th, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

PETROLIA - It’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s slow, but the 2017 planting season is crawling towards the finish line. Many Western Ontario growers had all of their corn in by May 31, but not soybeans. Some growers had zero beans in the ground. Farmers don’t start losing significant yield unless they plant after June 15.... 

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Supply management still works, says Ontario dairy farmer

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

Supply management is a set of policies that control the price of products like milk, cheese and eggs in Canada. The longstanding policy has come under fire recently from several Canadian politicians including Conservative party leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier, who is a prominent voice against the controls. The U.S. dairy industry has also complained that Canada's dairy supply management controls are contrary to free-market principles and don't let U.S. farmers compete fairly.... 

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Ontario is not running out of cropland, says University of Guelph professor

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

GUELPH - Urban sprawl has long been an issue in Ontario, and the Canadian Senate is currently reviewing the availability and ownership of farmland across Canada, sparked by concerns that farmland is getting gobbled up by developers and housing. It’s not a new fear, said University of Guelph agriculture economist Glenn Fox. Research on the issue in Ontario was first done back in 1980, prompted by a public perception that there was a crisis and Ontario’s farmland was rapidly disappearing.... 

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