By Fadi Didi
Canada's top high school students are tackling how to improve food security.
Canada's top high school students are tackling how to improve food security through a summer enrichment program.
Just over 700 students are taking part in this month-long program at host universities across the country, including 56 students being housed on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
The Program director says these bright minds tackle a different subject each year, and this year's task is to come up with a new way to improve food security.
She adds one in six Canadian children faces food insecurity.
Farmers are facing smaller crops and higher costs as parts of southern and eastern Ontario suffer through severe drought.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the regions northeast of Toronto and northeast of Ottawa have reached levels of drought expected at this time of year just once every two decades.
The federal department, which gages drought based on precipitation, temperature and evaporation data, says some corn and soy bean farmers have already reported wilted crops and predicted lower productivity for this growing season.
Jason Verkaik, chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association says this is the driest transition from June to July he has ever seen.
No-Till corn, wheat, canola and flax crops will be on display, Tuesday at Don Ready's farm in Kimberley.
Called "No-Till and Cover Crops -- a 30 year Journey" and "Cropping Erodable, Rolling Soils," the event is hosted by the Grey county Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
The tour Tuesday is from 9:30 until 3pm at the Ready farm on Grey road 13 in Kimberley, just 1 km north of Grey road 119.
Everyone is invited.
If there is significant rain, the event will be cancelled.
A duck farm in St. Catharines, Ontario, has been placed under quarantine because of H-5 avian influenza.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of the virus and further testing is underway to determine its precise subtype and strain.
In addition to the quarantine, the C-F-I-A says it will draw up a surrounding surveillance zone for further testing and control measures.
The C-F-I-A says all birds on the infected farm will be euthanized and it will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to eliminate any infectious material that may remain.