Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Local Chef at Royal Fair

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Rocky Raccoon Chef and Staff at Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit.


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There will be a local flavour to the second annual Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

Staff from the Rocky Raccoon Cafe in Owen Sound will cook for over 500 people at the summit.

Chef Robin Pradhan calls it an honour to be invited to the event -- and he credits the work of the late David Harper who started the Hundred Mile Market in Meaford.

The event features several celebrity chefs including Toronto's Jamie Kennedy.

Pradhan says they are taking with them mushrooms from the Wiarton area, cheese from Markdale, tomatoes from Chatsworth and organic beef from Durham.

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There's a new push to recruit younger people into farming.

The National Farmers Unions is creating a national campaign aimed at bringing awareness to the rapid decline in the number of young farmers in Canada.

Better education programs and farmer training will be used to try to bring younger producers into agriculture.

Numbers from Stats Canada reveal that between 1991 and 2006 -- Canada lost over 60 per cent of its farmers under the age of 35.

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The National Farmers Union says increased corporate concentration in the processing sector is a significant factor behind low cattle prices.

Cargill and X-L Foods account for a large majority of Canadian packer capacity.

The N-F-U is critical of the Federal Competition Bureau for allowing the companies to take over smaller operations.

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The European Union has removed its import tariff on high quality durum wheat.

It was in place for a month and hurt sales because customers took a wait-and-see approach to its impact.

The E-U -- particularly Italy -- is a key market for western Canadian durum.

 


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