By Fadi Didi
The Canada Grains Council is getting 1.4 million dollars to pay for two projects.
The federal government is spending 1.4 million dollars to bolster the grain industry.
The Canada Grains Council is getting the funding.
It will help expand access to international markets -- and help the industry comply with global sustainability requirements.
Agriculture Canada says the grains and oilseeds sector brings in 20 billion dollars in sales at the farm gate.
The group that represents Canada's soybean industry argues that a proposal by the European Commission for dealing with feed from biotechnology is a major step away from the Canada E-U Free Trade Agreement.
Soy Canada says the commission is proposing a system where individual member states would be allowed to ignore European Food Safety assessments and prohibit imports.
Soy Canada says under the current system, all countries have to abide by the assessments.
The Canola Council of Canada says that rather than seeding too early, farmers may want to consider weed control instead.
The council says research from the University of Saskatchewan has shown that early application of pre-seed herbicide treatments provide greater yield benefits for later seeded crops than waiting until immediately prior to seeding.
Typically, the maximum yield benefit comes when canola is seeded in late April to mid May and gets up and growing fairly quickly.
Agricultural officials in the U-S have announced voluntary programs for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Obama's efforts to combat global warming.
Specific actions include reducing the unnecessary use of fertilizer and methane emissions from cattle and swine.
For methane reduction in particular, the federal program promotes installing more digesters.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers account for about nine per cent of U-S emissions.
The farming community came out to honour one of their own.
John Gillespie of Ripley was honoured with the 2014 Tommy Cooper award at the Elmwood Community Centre on Friday night.
The award has been handed out since 1959 to the person who has made a great contribution to agriculture and rural life in the region.
Gillespie says he was surprised and honoured to win the award.
Linda Freiburger was also nominated for the award.
The award is presented by Bayshore Broadcasting and the Sun Times -- and Gillespie says he is glad the community has an award like this to celebrate farming.
Gillespie notes many farmers invest a lot of time to make their community a better place to live.
Gillespie has been a member of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture for the last decade, and was President for three years.
Gillespie also sits on the OFA Policy Advisory Council.
Gillespie admits it's not easy being a farmer today, as they constantly face changes in the industry.
Gillespie notes farmers have to deal with changes to technology, government policy and to the environment.
The Tommy Cooper award is named after the longtime provincial agricultural representative for Grey County.
He was a well known provincial government agricultural representative from 1920 to 1959 and played a direct role in establishing the Federation of Agriculture.