Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New Cattlemen's President

By Fadi Didi

Dan Darling from Eastern Ontario takes over as President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

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There is a new President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

It's Dan Darling -- who runs a cow-calf operation with his brother in Eastern Ontario.

Darling has been a past president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario and has served two years as the C-C-A's Vice-President.

Darling says he intends to keep up the Assocation's focus on trade.

Dave Solverson moves to the past president position.


A Simcoe County Farm has been honoured.

Nicholyn Farms in Phelpston in Springwater Township has received an award for being an Outstanding Farm Market by the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association. 

The farm is run by Nicholas and Lynda Van Casteren and has been in operation for 34 years, employing 19 people.

Lynda Van Casteren says it is wonderful to be recognized by their peers as stepping up and making a difference in the industry and with their customers.

The farm is 130 acres and produces pork, beef, chicken and lamb without antibiotics or growth hormones. 

Produce and other crops are grown on the farm as well.

And the 3,000 square foot market building offers what's grown and raised on site, but also offerings from 75 other producers.


Research that takes a closer look on the impact of global warming on grasslands says they could actually become more productive.

But the study warns that ranchers and farmers would have to make major changes to adapt.

The study says mid-summer grasslands would be a lot less productive.

That means ranchers could not be able to count on their animals getting enough food on browner, drier pastures.


And the weather to end this week is good news for maple syrup producers.

They need a mix of colder, sub-zero nights and warmer days above freezing.

Sylvain Charlebois -- a professor at the Food Institute at the University of Guelph -- says El Nino has had a negative impact on the production of maple syrup.

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