Jack Riley wins the Tommy Cooper Award.
Paisley area farmer and former Chair of the Bruce County 2008 International Plowing Match Jack Riley is the 2009 Tommy Cooper Award Winner.
The award was presented to Riley by Bayshore Broadcasting and the Sun Times Friday evening in Elmwood.
Riley says there is one reason the 2008 IPM was such a success -- and that is the people.
Riley also says his optimistic attitude has helped him and his family weather many ups and downs that have been part of the agricultural landscape over the years.
The Tommy Cooper award goes to the person who has made the greatest contribution to agriculture and rural living.
It has been awarded annually since 1959.
Canadian pork producers are feeling some relief that the Canadian government has worked out a deal to reopen the Chinese market to exports of live hogs for breeding.
Jurgen Preugschas -- the President of the Canadian Pork Council -- says the federal government has worked tirelessly to reopen what he calls an important market.
Canada sells about 50 million dollars worth of pork and live swine to China each year.
China reopened its borders to Canadian slaughtered pork products in December but maintained its ban on live swine.
China is easing import restrictions on Canadian peas and is looking at increasing imports of other pulse crops.
Agriculture Canada says China wants to increase the use of pulse flour in food products.
Pulse Canada says the projects could increase exports to China by 400 million dollars.
Ottawa says it will spend one million dollars on research on pulse flour research.
Six young chefs from Canada are about to have their spatulas and whisks tested at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Wayne Murphy, executive chef at the Canada Pavilion, will put the six up-and-comers through their culinary paces catering special events.
Students from Winnipeg, Edmonton, Charlottetown, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City are packing their oven mitts for the Expo, which runs from May 1st to October 31st.
Murphy also headed up the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Japan.
Almost 250 countries are expected to participate in the international exposition.