By Fadi Didi
Kincardine farmer wins top honour and Cold Snap Pear makes debut at the Royal Winter Fair.
The Cold Snap Pear has made its debut.
It has been shown at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
The pear was developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Harrow Research and Development Centre.
It is touted as being fire blight-resistant and offers a longer storage life than other pears.
About 75 thousand pear trees have been planted across Ontario and Nova Scotia by co-operative member growers.
A Kincardine farmer is the Grand Champion showman at the National Beef Heifer show at the Royal Winter Fair.
Bailey McConnell won the honours on the weekend.
She beat out almost 400 other 4-H members from Eastern Canada and the United Kingdom to win the Senior Championship before winning the overall title.
The awards for the National Junior Beef Heifer show were presented by Donna Bridge of Kincardine.
She is the current president of the Canadian 4-H Council.
Also of note -- Steve Gregg of Paisley won the red ribbon for the Clydesdales shown with a two wheel cart.
He also finished third in the four horse hitch with registered mares.
The Premier of Saskatchewan says he still believes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- despite concerns raised by businessman Jim Balsillie.
Brad Wall says the trade pact is important for Western Canada and is urging the federal government to move forward on the agreement.
Wall specifically says the partnership is good for agriculture in his province.
Balsillie -- of the old Research In Motion fame -- said over the weekend that parts of the deal will harm Canadian innovators.