Food officials worried about lack of abattoirs in region.
Officials involved in the local food movement in Grey Bruce are concerned about the loss of abattoirs in the region.
Freeman Boyd of the Local Food Project says that at one time this region supported up to 50 abattoirs.
But that number has dwindled to about 10 over the years.
Boyd says while this region has lost quite a few small meat processing facilities, it still is much better off than other areas of Ontario.
He says the existing facilities in Grey Bruce are getting older and as their equipment begins to wear out there will be a reluctance to invest large amounts of money in the purchase of new equipment or build new abattoirs.
It's good news for fruit growers in the Meaford and Thornbury area.
More growers will receive assistance to remove unproductive or uneconomic trees from their farms.
The federal-provincial Orchard and Vineyard Transition Program is receiving an additional 2 million dollars from the Province to help apple producers adapt to industry pressures and changing markets.
Eligible participants receive about 16 hundred dollars per acre toward their orchard stock removal and disposal costs.
Applications are being processed on a first come, first served basis.
The final application deadline is now March 31, 2010 and growers must complete removals by November 30, 2010.
The federal government has announced funding to help Canadian dairy producers make their herds more productive, products more nutritious, and their on-farm food safety systems stronger.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz gave 10 million dollars to the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
He says the dairy industry creates thousands of jobs and the investment will help drive innovation and keep producers on the cutting edge.
If a nuclear power plant is built in Alberta, there would be significant risks for agricultural producers, consumers and rural Alberta in general.
That's the opinion of the Alberta Organic Producers Association and the National Farmers Union, which represent thousands of Alberta farmers who supply local food.
The Tiverton based bruce power is considering constructing a plant in that province.
Donna Pope, an organic producer from Ryley, says a nuclear plant would create issues over water, land use, organic certification, surface rights, export markets and local food production.