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Agriculture Report

Minimum Wage Going Up

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Hike will hurt Grey Bruce Apple producers


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The minimum wage will be going up again in the spring for a third time and that is something local apple producrers are not looking forward too.

The minimum wage is going up to by 75 cents an hour in March 2010 to $10.25 from the current rate of $9.50.

By the time the next increase in the minimum wage kicks in -- farmers will have seen their labour costs increase by a whopping 28 per cent over a three year period.

Al Mussell is a Senior Researcher at the George Morris Centre in Guelph and he says the hike in the minimum wage will really hurt apple producers and other fruit growers.

Mussell tells Bayshore Broadcasting News -- for apple producers and other Ontario growers that represents an  extra increase in their labour costs of 73 million dollars annually once the minimum wage increases are fully implemented.

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Canadian beef exporters have regained access to the Hong Kong market following a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the former British colony's chief executive.

Harper says regaining access to Hong Kong sends a strong signal to all Asian markets that Canadian beef is safe.

Hong Kong is a key market for the Canadian agriculture sector and is worth more than half a billion dollars for Canada's farmers and processors.

In 2008, Hong Kong was Canada's fourth largest export market for beef.

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A Manitoba farm couple has been named Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2009.

Grant and Colleen Dyck own and operate Artel Farms, a 13-thousand acre grain and oilseed operation in the Niverville Area.

Along with the grain farm, the couple owns a business which reclaims and recycles wood.

Colleen also is in the midst of launching a value added energy bar business which uses ingredients grown on their farm.

 


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