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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Need for More Seasonal Farm Workers

By Kevin Bernard

Federal government is being called upon to allow more farms to hire foreign seasonal employees.


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The federal government is being called upon to allow more farms to hire foreign seasonal employees.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants to expand the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program.

It already applies to tobacco, livestock, fruit and vegetable growers.

The program allows workers from Mexico and some Caribbean countries to come to Canada for up to eight months a year.

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The third annual Halton Region Food Tourism Summit is being held today -- and there's a local flavour to it.

One of the guest speakers is Linda Reader, an economic development consultant from Grey County.

Reader will talk about culinary food trails and tourism.

Brent Preston from the New Farm in Simcoe County will also talk.

He recently won the 2015 Premier's Agri Innovation award for his organic vegetables that end up in retail stores and restaurants.

The summit brings together the farming and culinary communities to encourage growth in the culinary tourism industry and to help support a sustainable local economy.

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A private members' bill that is supposed to protect farmers, their families and their livestock from electrical current in the ground has unanimously passed second reading in the Ontario legislature.

Chatham-Kent-Essex M-P-P Rick Nicholls says ground current pollution is the byproduct of running too much current through transmission lines.

He says the excess moves through the soil and it's having a detrimental effect on livestock and dairy production.

The bill goes to committee next for further study.

 


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