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Supply management still works, says Ontario dairy farmer

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

Supply management still works, says Ontario dairy farmer

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 Rebecca Degelder

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

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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Proposed county plan aims to balance needs of the farming community with desire to protect the environment

Posted on Apr 25th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

Proposed county plan aims to balance needs of the farming community with desire to protect the environment

A proposed natural heritage plan for Grey County appears to have avoided the landowner hostility that greeted a proposal, subsequently withdrawn, for expanded controls in some areas by the provincially-appointed Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC). “We definitely heard comments from farmers and from landowners,” Randy Scherzer, Grey County planning director, said in an interview about the county’s proposed “Green in Grey” plan, which is part of a current Official Plan review. Grey is among many rural municipalities within the Lake Huron and Lake Ontario watersheds to undertake natural heritage planning required by a 2014 provincial directive.... 

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