The advocate for small abattoirs wins top agricultural award.
If you missed the news on the weekend -- Barb Klages of Elmwood won the annual Tommy Cooper award for her contributions to local agriculture and rural living.
Klages has advocated for the rights of small abattoirs in our region.
Jenny Amy was also honoured last Friday with the Award of Merit for her work as Chair of the Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association.
The federal government has announced 3 million dollars in funding for Quality Meat Packers.
President David Schwartz tells us they will use the money to upgrade their pork processing operation in Toronto.
He says they will purchase new equipment that will help improve food safety, plant efficiency and reduce operating costs.
The Pioneer Hi-Bred seed company is planning to locate its new Western Canada commercial unit in Saskatoon.
It will be responsible for sales and marketing, production and research.
The company has over 400 Canadian employees -- about twice as many as it had four years ago.
And Saskatchewan Agriculture says grasshoppers shouldn't be a problem for growers this year in most parts of the province.
The ministry says wet and cool conditions last spring were not favourable for grasshopper development.