By Manny Paiva
26 families receive Ontario Farm Family awards, while U-S judge upholds COOL rules.
Canada has lost another battle in the fight against a U-S meat labelling law.
A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
The meat industry in both countries wants to block the rules, which went into effect last year.
The Canadian government has said the rules are costly to producers and provide no health benefits to consumers.
The Ontario Plowmen's Association and the Bank of Montreal have announced 26 families will receive this year's Farm Family Award.
They recognize outstanding farm families who best represent the value of the family farmer.
The program also recognizes the contributions these families make to enhancing quality of life in their agricultural communities.
George and Helen Underwood own Underwood Farms and they have been honoured in Huron County.
The Eby Family from JSE Farms near Kincardine in Bruce County has also received an award.
Warren and Marion Becker of the Becker Family Farm in West Grey are the Grey County award winners.
In Wellington County, the Day Family at Webfoot Farm and Hatchery have been recognized.
The Simcoe County family that has been honoured is the Spence Family of Spencecroft Holsteins.
All 26 families will be honoured at the International Plowing Match near Barrie in September.