By Manny Paiva
Three people have been nominated for award for contribution to farming and rural life.
Negotiations continue on a trade deal between Canada and Japan.
Canada's agriculture minister visited his Japanese counterpart last week and discussed a possible agreement.
Talks began in 2012 -- and Gerry Ritz says he's not willing to commit to any specific timeframe for a deal.
Ritz also recently led a delegation of more than 30 Canadian farm groups and companies on a trade mission to South Korea.
Three people are nominated this year for the 2013 Tommy Cooper award.
It goes to the person who has made the greatest contribution to agriculture and rural living.
The award commemorates the late Tommy Cooper, a well known provincial government agricultural representative in the area who was instrumental in founding the Grey Bruce Livestock Co-operative.
The Award Ceremony will be held this Friday, April 25th starting at 6:30 PM at the Elmwood Community Centre.
Nominees this year are Brian Gilroy, Murray Calder and Jacquie Hendry.
Brian Gilroy of RR 2 Meaford was nominated by the Grey County Federation of Agriculture and the Georgian Bay Fruit Growers association. From 2001 to 2004 he was chairman of the Ontario Apple Growers steering committee that developed a new organization to support and advocated on behalf of apple farmers in Ontario. Gilroy has been a director with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers association since 2008, and a member of the Georgian Bay Fruit Growers Association.
Jacquie Hendry is a lifelong Ravenna farmer. She was nominated by the Grey County Federation of Agriculture. Hendry has been chairwoman of the Blue Mountains Federation of agriculture since 1986. She was a regional director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's board of directors from 2003 to 2008. Hendry has served with the Grey County Cattlemen's Association, the Grey County Farm Safety Association and has helped with the Grey County Federation of Agriculture's public speaking competitions.
Murray Calder is a fourth generation farmer. His farm near Holstein produces over 336,000 chickens each year. Calder has been a member of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture since 1975, a Kinsmen Club member for nearly 40 years and has been involved in local hospital, church and fundraising events. Murray Calder was MP from 1993 to 2004 representing a riding that included part of southern Grey County. He was chairman of the national rural caucus in Ottawa, and vice chair of the National Agriculture Committee.
More grain can start moving east as the 2014 shipping season has finally started at the Port of Thunder Bay in Ontario.
The first two ships arrived at the port on Monday -- almost a month later than normal.
CEO Tim Heney says despite the large grain stocks remaining on the Prairies, the terminals at Thunder Bay still have plenty of space.