Young farmers needed for the future of agriculture
Efforts are under way to try and get more new farmers into the industry.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture holding a special summit tomorrow in Delaware just outside of London.
OFA director Joe Dickenson says he chairs a Task Team that is studying what it will take to encourage young people to enter farming.
He says a lot of information will be provided at this summit.
The meeting will go from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Delaware Community Hall.
The federal government has announced it will spend 8.7 million dollars to develop technologies that could increase the industrial value of surplus cereal straw that is now left out on the field.
Led by the University of Western Ontario, program will bring together top Canadian university researchers, government experts and the private sector.
The network will develop genetically improved varieties of cereals.
It will find more efficient ways of collecting straw and develop new technologies to extract a range of valuable material.
50 Canadian scientists and researchers will be working on projects to put more pulse crops in processed foods.
The Pulse Research Network is getting off the ground with 5.3 million dollars from the federal government.
It will be managed by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers.
Currently, the majority of pulse crops, which include peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans, are sold in their raw form to lower value overseas markets.
The idea is to tap into higher value markets in North America and Europe.
The U-S government has permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own.
It's an attempt to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply.