By Fadi Didi
Commitment to dairy farmers by former Conservative government will be honoured by Liberals.
A commitment made to dairy farmers by the former Conservative government will be honoured by the new Liberal government.
The Harper administration said it would compensate Canadian dairy producers and processors for measures included in a comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union.
The agreement would give the E-U tariff-free access for an additional 17 thousand 700 tonnes of cheese.
It has yet to be ratified.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada says it represents about two per cent of domestic cheese consumption and more than double the current allotment.
The federal government is giving a food processor in Cambridge up to three million dollars to increase production and explore new export opportunities.
It's a repayable contribution for Grand River Foods Limited.
The feds say the money could create up to 50 full-time jobs by next year and have spill-over benefits impacting local meat, packaging and ingredient suppliers.
Grand River Foods manufactures over 200 private label food products such as frozen burger patties, meatballs and chicken products which are sold across Canada.
Farm equipment sales have slowed across Canada.
The Western Equipment Dealers Association says there was an incredible run for sales from 2007 to 2014 -- but it has since slowed.
CEO John Schmeiser admits a lot of customers have re-invested in their machinery.
He notes in areas where lentils are being grown, there is still a lot of sales activity.
On the manufacturing side, Schmeiser says they are seeing more new products rolling out to meet consumer demands for more production and better technology.