Farm stories for Friday
Farmers could become providers of electricity for Ontario's power grid in the not to distant future under the provinces proposed Green Energy Act.
Ontario Federation of Agriculture Vice President Don McCabe says many farmers would like to be able to producer green power through either windmills on the land, solar panels on buildings or the use of biodigesters.
However because of an aging infrastructure, cannot access the grid.
He says what is needed is an upgrade of the transmission line infrastructure so it can handle any extra power generated on the farm.
McCabe also wants to keep solar farms off good farm land.
Many farmers can learn more about the Green Energy Act at a meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Walkerton Legion.
Agriculture Canada is working on a project to reduce canola pod shattering.
The answer could lie in another oilseed crop.
Research manager Pat Flaten says there is pretty good pod-shattering resistance in mustard, enough to allow farmers to straight combine.
She says the question is how to transfer that to canola.
The Chair of the Canadian Wheat Board would welcome a review by Canada's auditor general of last year's trading activities.
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz -- who is also responsible for the wheat board -- has criticized the board's losses on its producer payment options and a 29 million dollar deficit in the contingency fund.
U-S President Barack Obama may be popular with the average Canadian but livestock producers are very concerned about his government's trade policies.
Earlier this week, U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked about plans to tighten Country of Origin Labelling legislation to require fresh meat products to have labels stating where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
The additional cost could convince U-S packers not to accept Canadian animals and drive down prices on this side of the border.
John Masswohl, of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, says ''it is reopening a can of worms that up until this week, wasn't even on the table.