Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Concerns Over Rented Farmland

By Fadi Didi

Study suggests rented land doesn't get same investments in inputs as land owned by farmers.

Length: 1:15

There's a concern over the sustainability of some farmland.

About 35 per cent of Ontario farmland is rented -- and a study suggests rented land doesn't get the same investments in inputs such as manure and cover crops as land owned by farmers.

Farm and Food Care Ontario is concerned how that will impact the long term sustainability of those rented properties.

It has launched an on-line resource to help both landlords and farmer-renters explore their options.

Spokesperson Mel Luymes says it includes a checklist for farmer-renters and landlords to go over -- to help ensure they're on the same page when it comes to the sustainability of the land being rented.


The Massachusetts Senate has approved a sweeping bill aimed at promoting the state's agricultural sector -- including allowing the distribution of raw milk.

Under the bill, Massachusetts would join 16 other states -- including Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire -- in allowing the distribution of raw milk.

The bill now heads to the House.

Supporters say it provides opportunities for Massachusetts farmers, increases the availability of locally grown food and invests in educational and agricultural programs to encourage growth in the industry.


A second man has been arrested in the theft of five million bees in Quebec.

The 43-year-old suspect surrendered to police on Friday.

Last week, we told you about the arrest of a 36 year old man.

It happens to be the second suspect's brother.

Police suspect the accused also made off late last month with 180 hives belonging to one farmer -- worth about 200 thousand dollars.


If you missed the news on the weekend -- a Canadian-owned horse won the Kentucky Derby.

Nyquist -- ridden by former Vancouver jockey Mario Gutierrez -- became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race's 142-year history on Saturday.

The three-year-old colt is owned by J. Paul Reddam of Windsor.

Reddam is a diehard Detroit hockey fan and named the horse after Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist.





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