Help for goat farmers
The Federal Government has announced funding of up to 700 thosuand dollars to help out Ontarios goat industry.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Rit says this will help establish an integrated dairy goat genetic improvement program.
The GoGen pilot project, which will be overseen by Ontario Goat, will help the goat industry make genetic improvements to increase milk production and improve meat quality through superior genetics. The funds will also be used to update, modify and bring efficiencies to current goat genetic tools already provided by the goat industry.
The growing popularity of farmers markets across Canada has big grocery chains taking notice.
Loblaw says it plans to bring the farmers market idea to its stores, saying the markets themselves don't always fit with Canadians' lifestyles.
But Robert Chorney, president of Farmers' Markets Canada which represents 550 farmers markets across the country, says Loblaw is just trying to capitalize on the markets' success.
Chorney says research shows that farmers receive just 10 to 21 per cent of the retail price of their produce at supermarkets.
But at farmers markets producers get to keep an average of 84 per cent.