Preparations are all set for Grey Bruce Farmers Week.
All roads lead to Elmwood this week as the latest edition of Grey Bruce Farmers Week gets underway tomorrow.
The first day at the Elmwood Community Centre is Beef Day.
But new this year according to one of the organizers Lorie Smith is the fact they have a full day dedicated to Goats on Friday.
Also scheduled over the next 6 days is Dairy Day on Thursday, Sheep Day on Saturday, Horse Day on Sunday and Crops Day on Monday.
But there is also an ecological trade show on Saturday which will include presentations on organic farms and animal welfare.
There's also a special educational conference that gets underway tomorrow at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph.
The "Road Ahead for Agriculture" conference will feature guest speakers, practical workshops and industry trade shows.
This is the 17th year for this educational conference.
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says market access for Canadian beef increased last year.
President Brad Wildeman says 2009 was a challenging year for beef producers, but there were some highlights in international markets.
They included new or restored market access to Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Russia.
He says free trade discussions with the European Union also were positive.
But Wildeman adds the economic downturn, increased value of the Canadian dollar and market volatility all had a negative impact on the beef industry.