Owen Sound farmer wins first Ontario Outstanding Dairy Woman Award.
She has been involved in agriculture for her entire life -- now she is being honoured for it.
Heather Parkin of Owen Sound is the winner of the Ontario's first ever Outstanding Dairy Woman Award.
Parkin says she is surprised and honoured to win the award.
Parkin tells us she is happy to be involved in the farming community -- and she does it for the love of it -- not for awards.
Parkin and her husband Larry run a dairy operation near Owen Sound.
Parkin was nominated by some dairy farmers in the Goderich area -- and she beat 11 other people for the Outstanding Dairy Woman award.
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says 1.6 million dollars will go towards the next phase of an electronic livestock tracking system.
He says international consumers want to know more about the origins of their food.
It will also help officials keep track of diseases.
Farmers, grain companies and railways are working to move grain out of areas that could potentially experience flooding this spring.
Bob Miller with Viterra says the whole industry is working in concert to move grain in an organized fashion prior to any flooding.
The Canadian Wheat Board is offering a flood program where farmers with at-risk grain can register for early movement.
A member of the Canadian Wheat Board who works in the board's Tokyo office says last week's earthquake felt like being strapped to a bucking bull.
Derek Sliworsky says the quake was pulsating so violently that he had difficulty walking through the office.
Sliworsky added a disaster like the Japanese earthquake makes him realize that the cold winters of Canada aren't so bad after all.