By Kevin Bernard
Grey County Agricultural Services is hosting a special workshop on hay on Wednesday.
Everything you wanted to know about a hay marketing business will be discussed in Markdale tomorrow.
Grey County Agricultural Services is hosting a special workshop on hay.
The information that will be shared will include factors that farmers should consider for their hay business, or if they are thinking about starting one.
The workshop will be held from 10 till 3:30 tomorrow.
For more information, call 986-3756.
Our federal government says a national database for tracing livestock will help improve food safety.
The Conservative government is spending 7.5 million dollars to develop, implement and operate a centralized service.
Plans are to use information from industry groups -- including the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency -- to build a comprehensive database by 2016.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the system will help the government better deal with situations such as mad cow disease, the PED virus and the recent tainted beef recall in Alberta.
Ontario and Quebec are being asked to keep bee health front and centre.
Beekeepers in the two provinces have sent a letter, calling on the premiers to encourage the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to escalate the review on neonicotinoids.
A Health Canada report has suggested that seeds treated with neonics contributed to the majority of bee deaths in Ontario and Quebec in 2012.
Beekeepers also want any new pesticide delayed until the safety of bees can be guaranteed.
Premium Brands says it will close its processed meat plant in Toronto in December, a move that will affect about 200 workers.
The company said the workers will receive severance packages and have access to counselling and outplacement services and workshops.
The plant -- which was built in 1958 -- produces branded and private label processed meat.
Premium Brands says it will gradually move work to other facilities in Ontario starting in the spring, with the final shutdown in December.