By Manny Paiva
Conference Board of Canada says we are paying too much for dairy products.
We are paying too much for dairy products because of government supply management policies.
The Conference Board of Canada says Canadians pay about 276 dollars per family more per year for dairy products than consumers in other countries.
The board has released a report that says dairy farms are among the most profitable in Canada -- and dairy farmers are generally wealthier than the average Canadian.
The Ontario Green Party wants the government to set up a local food infrastructure fund.
Mike Shreiner says the fund would provide grants and loans to support Ontario businesses -- to invest in and operate local food processing facilities.
Shreiner says farm families and businesses tell him access to affordable capital is essential for food processing facilities.
People in the Leamington area are expressing hope about a tentative deal that may keep the Heinz agriculture processing plant up and running.
The food giant is in talks with Highbury Canco to allow the new Canadian company to acquire its facility and act as a co-packer.
Heinz had planned to close the plant in June, which would put about 800 full-time employees out of work.
The closure would also affect 250 seasonal workers and tomato producers in the area.
Talks continue between Canada and South Korea on a new free trade agreement.
The Grain Farmers of Ontario says it supports the proposal.
The group says a deal would create new market opportunities for Ontario corn, soybean and wheat farmers.
The G-F-O says an agreement would also bolster the livestock industry.
South Korea imports more than 70 per cent of its food.