Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Plowing Champs in Midwestern Ontario

By Fadi Didi

Carmen Weppler and Brian McGavin among best at Canadian Championships.

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This year's Canadian Plowing Championships had a strong Midwestern Ontario flavour.

Carmen Weppler from Clifford finished second in the senior conventional category -- while Walton's Brian McGavin was third.

The top-placed finisher was Brandon McGavin -- Brian's son -- who was representing Alberta in the competition.

He will now represent Canada in the World Plowing Championships next year in England.


An Ontario company licensed to produce and sell medical marijuana is reporting its first profitable quarter.

Tweed Marijuana earned a net profit of one million dollars in the three months ended June 30th.

A year earlier, the company reported a net loss of more than one million dollars.

Revenue for the first quarter was up 39 per cent to 1.7 million dollars.

The company recently completed a friendly merger with Bedrocan Cannabis Corporation.


The U-S Department of Agriculture is expecting Canada to return as the largest American agricultural trade export market next year.

The department predicts U-S agricultural exports to China will be down 2 billion from fiscal 2015 -- primarily because of lower soybean values.

The department's overall outlook forecasts the value of U-S agricultural exports for 2016 will be 1 billion dollars lower than 2015.


One of the first agrihoods in Canada is under construction on an old cattle farm east of Vancouver.

The housing development is built around the idea of community-grown local food.

It will feature 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches and vegetable gardens.

The development will have a full-time farmer to tend to the crops, but the developer hopes homeowners will also get involved.




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