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Agriculture Report

OFA Supports Liberal Budget

By Kevin Bernard

OFA President says he was encouraged by the focus on growing the economy and creating jobs.


Length: 1:05

The Liberals 2016 budget is getting a positive response from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

President Don McCabe says he was encouraged by the focus on growing the economy and creating jobs.

He adds it is something Ontario's agri-food sector does every day.

McCabe wants more specifics about funding rural infrastructure -- like the expansion of natural gas which could help business costs for farmers.

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Georgian College in Barrie is hosting food futurist Mike Lee at a conference today.

He will speak to food entrepreneurs about growing their business -- with different product ideas and food safety strategies.

Lee will also explore the question of what grocery stores and the foods within them look like in the year 2065.

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Ugly food can mean a pretty profit.

That's the bet Loblaw is making with its ugly duckling line of produce aimed at shoppers looking to save money on the sky-rocketing cost of fresh food.

The company launched its Naturally Imperfect line last March -- offering ugly apples and potatoes to Ontario and Quebec shoppers as part of a trial run that later expanded to select stores in other provinces.

The company now says more types of cheaper, but blemished and misshapen, produce will soon be available across the country.

The uglier version of a fruit or vegetable costs up to 30 per cent less than its good looking counterpart.

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Wrangling over money could see the Canadian Finals Rodeo pull out of Edmonton after 43 years.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association says it has rejected a proposal from the Oilers Entertainment Group and the city to hold the event after this year.

The group says it will accept proposals from other cities that want to play host to the rodeo championships starting in 2017.


 

 


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