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Agriculture Report

Be Safe on the Farm

By Matt Villeneuve

Chair of Farm and Food Care Ontario says working on issue of barn fires, for National Farm Safety Week.

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The chair of Farm and Food Care Ontario says barn fires are emotionally and economically devastating to a farmer.

John Maaskant is a chicken farmer in the Clinton area and says the loss of animals that were raised and nurtured takes a huge toll on any person.

And while the number of barn fires per year have decreased over the last decade, they still happen.

Maaskant says the agriculture community continues to talk and work towards prevention.


Stay safe on the farm, especially kids.

That's the message for National Farm Safety Week, after a study showed in the last 20 years, over 270 Canadian children under age 14 died in farm related accidents.

45 per cent of them were under the age of four.

The study was done by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Association who found the most common causes of death among children on farms related to machines, as well as drownings or animal related injuries.

Farm families are being urged by the Canada Safety Council is encouraging farm families to explain the dangers to younger children, and make sure older children are properly trained.


A protest is planned for Wednesday morning at the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, in support of Durham area raw milk producer Michael Schmidt.

Schmidt, his wife Elisa, his son Marcus, and a church pastor are threatened with arrest if they do not immediately cease raw milk distribution.

Supporters of Schmidt will gather at 8:30 AM on Wednesday to hold what they call a "peaceful milk and cookies picnic celebration."

The gathering will be followed by a court hearing to determine if an order will be issued to enforce the ban on distribution of raw milk in Ontario.

Explicitly targeted by the application is anyone else, including mothers, who are engaged in "counselling others to distribute unpasteurized milk."

A cow will be at the court house being milked, there will be crowds with signs, and farmers will be distributing milk.

Speakers at the rally include farmer Michael Schmidt,  Liz Reitzig, Founder Nourishing Liberty,  David Gumpert, Journalist, Author and raw milk expert, and Elisa Vander Hout, Founder Our Farms, Our Food Coop.


A Jersey cow bred in Huron County has been voted first in the Great Cow Contest, by the Jersey Journal.

Huronia Centurion Veronica was bred by Fred and Ruth Armstrong of Auburn.

Veronica is a perennial show winner on both sides of the border, and has 36 daughters classified excellent.

Over 7 generations in the maternal line have been born, and she has over 1000  head in her maternal line alone in the United States.

The Great Cow contest is organized every 15 years by the Jersey Journal.


Kubota's latest earnings report is positive.

The equipment manufacturer reports 11.24 billion dollars in sales for the 9 months ending on December 31st of last year.

That is up 9 per cent over the same period in 2014.


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