By Fadi Didi
Canadian Federation of Agriculture President wants long term strategy to deal with labour shortages.
Labour issues are costing Canadian farmers.
New figures released by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council suggest unfilled job openings cost farmers 1.5 billion dollars a year.
Ron Bonnett -- the President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture -- says Canada needs a long-term strategy to address the challenges with labour issues.
That takes into account things like delayed and increased lost production, added costs or forced changes to expand or upgrade facilities because the jobs aren't being filled.
Farmers from Mildmay and Auburn finished on the podium at this month's Spring Discovery Show in Ancaster.
Paul and Lorraine Franken of Auburn showed the Grand Champion.
"Paullor Vivitar Ramble" also won the 4 year old class.
The Frankens also showed the first place Summer Yearling and second place Senior Calf.
Glen and Sheila Burgess of Golden Jerseys in Mildmay had the third place junior three year old cow, and finished second in the Breeders herd class.
Murray Russwurm, also of Mildmay, bred the winning two year old named Fairvisita Ferocious.
And a well-known Ontario farm publication has a new majority owner.
Farms-dot-com has acquired a majority interest in Ag Media -- and it will now operate out of Guelph.
Ag Media publishes Better Farming magazine as well as Better Pork and a number of custom-published magazines.