By Matt Villeneuve
Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller with meet with local dairy farmers today.
The Conservative MP for Bruce Grey Owen Sound is meeting with local dairy farmers today.
Larry Miller will hold the meeting in Burgoyne at the Country Way Restaurant at 12 PM.
Miller is expected to talk about the concerns of local farmers.
The Liberals election and the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership agreement are expected to be a couple of topics at the meeting.
A pair of professors at the University of Saskatchewan are helping government discern what rural communities need to deal with many challenges they face.
The challenges are outlined in a report called "State of Rural Canada.'
Co-author Rose Olfert says there is a lot of policy that needs fixing when it comes to access to healthcare, quality infrastructure and education.
She adds communities must also foster business growth and promote local entrepreneurship.
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the 2015 growing season was a significant challenge for farmers.
He says farmers harvested a good crop in 2015 despite facing adverse weather.
When the rains came, Saskatchewan produced the second largest crop ever in 2015.
Commodity prices remain relatively good and Stewart is hoping for improved levels in 2016.
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association says the deaths of three young sisters on their family farm has acted as a catalyst for discussing child safety on farms.
But spokesperson Glen Blahey says the deaths of the girls -- who suffocated in a truck loaded with canola in Alberta in October -- should spur more than just talk.
He hopes there will be some discussion this year about laws for farm safety.
There's a lot of honey being produced in Alberta
Beekeepers there produced more than 42 million pounds of honey last year.
That is an increase of more than 20 per cent from the year before.
Rod Scarlett of the Canadian Honey Council says the number of bee colonies is also on the rise, especially in the west.