By Dan McLean
FCC says Ontario values are rising faster than any other province in Canada.
The value of Ontario's farmland continues to rise faster than any other province in the country.
In its annual report -- Farm Credit Canada says the average value went up 16 per cent in the first half of this year.
That's higher than the national increase of 9 per cent.
Canadian farmland values have risen steadily during the last decade.
The FCC credits lower interest rates and rising crop prices.
The leader of the workers' union at the X-L Foods plant in Alberta says federal officials share some blame for the plant being shut down over E. coli concerns.
Doug O'Halloran says the 46 inspectors do a good job at the plant -- but they're overworked and they do not have the authority to shut down operations.
He also claims the workers at the plant have long complained that the processing line moves too quickly.
CFIA officials are now reviewing a report on a pre-inspection of the Alberta plant earlier this week.
The first of the Hay East 2012 shipments arrived in Eastern Ontario this week.
It came from Saskatchewan.
Western Canadian farmers are helping out livestock farmers in the East who are facing a critical feed shortage due to this summer's drought conditions.
Hay East organizers have issued an urgent plea for donations to support the transportation of more hay.
Those donations can be made through an Scotiabank location across the country.