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Agriculture Report

Food Processing More Competitive

By Matt Villeneuve

Report from UWO in London says smaller food processing plants more focused.

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A new study says the food processing industry in Canada is becoming more competitive despite some high profile plant closures.

The study was done at the University of Western Ontario in London.

David Sparling is the Chair of Agri-Food Innovation.

He says factories and plants that are closing are often in smaller, rural communities -- and they are being replaced by smaller food processing businesses.

And Sparling says these new businesses focus on customer base in their community.

The food processing industry produces more than 70 per cent of the food Canadians buy -- it recorded total revenue of more than 88 billion dollars in 2011.


The Fertilizer Safety and Security Council is reminding Canadians to practice safe farming year round.

As part of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, there is a focus on the manufacturing, handling, storage, transportation and application of commercial fertilizers.

And the country's fertilizer industry has established the Fertilizer Safety and Security Council.

There are several programs aimed at fertilizer safety -- including Ammonium Nitrate Safety Training and Driver Fatigue management.


More and more stories are being shared on the website FarmOn.

It's a social networking program that allows farmers to share their experiences -- so that they might be beneficial to others.

FarmOn is operated by staff members and volunteers.

The goal is to make more young farmers successful in their business.


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