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Agriculture Report

More Options for Fruit Wines


Fruit wines could soon come to Farmers Markets


If new provincial lesiglation is passed, you could see Ontario fruit wines sold at local farmers' markets as a pilot project that's the rare product of government and oppposition co-operation.

Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell says Conservative MPP Bob Runciman's private member's bill would see fruit wine test-marketed in an effort to promote Ontario agricultural products.

Mitchell says the spring budget spotlights Ontario-grown food products.

Bill 132 has received first and second reading in the Legislature.

Mitchell says the initiative is backed by Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowski and Government Services Minister Ted McMeekin.


The Grain Growers of Canada says free trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union is a step in the right direction.

President Doug Robertson says it's not ideal, but it's the best that can be done at the moment.

He says grain farmers would much rather have a multi-lateral deal at the World Trade Organization.

Robertson notes tariffs are only a small piece of the puzzle, so he's pleased to see the talks also include technical barriers and customs procedures.


Federal funding for the Agriculture Canada Research Centre will help with research and development of new pulse varieties.

Ottawa announced 250 thousand dollars in funding for upgrades to the facility's growth chambers.


Animal feed company Ridley says its latest quarterly profit fell to 3 and a half million dollars from 5 million last year on a sharp drop in revenues.

The company blames lower volumes of feed products sold and lower raw material prices.

It says livestock and poultry producers in Canada and the U-S have cut the size of herds and flocks in response to reduced profitability in their own operations.


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