By Fadi Didi
Consideration for smaller lot sizes requested by local communities to help young farmers get started.
Councillors in Huron County have asked planning staff to take a look at minimum lot sizes.
Manager of planning Sandra Weber says consideration for smaller lot sizes has been requested by local Mennonite and Amish communities want to help young farmers get started.
Weber says typically farm sizes in Huron County are about 100 acres to leave flexibility for different types of crops. What has been requested is lot sizes between 20 and 50 acres.
That would contravene both the Huron County official plan and the Provincial Policy Statement.
The National Farmers Union is calling for sweeping changes to Canada's farm support programs.
President Jan Slomp says the focus should change from export oriented volume sales to self-sustaining local food production.
He says policies should provide more support for small farmers.
He says smaller producers may not have volume in terms of dollars but they run risks and are unfairly excluded from Agristability payments.
Farm Credit Canada has released results of its Producer Perspectives on Social License Survey.
Spokesman Marty Seymour says Canadian producers recognize the importance of public perception and see themselves playing a lead role in sharing information about their operations and practices to maintain their social licence to operate.
He says the results are no big surprise, with 68 per cent of producers believing that public perception will have an impact on their future business.
Seymour says almost three quarters of farmers surveyed also indicated they are comfortable sharing information about their farming practices in order to strengthen public trust.
Canadian beef is back in business in Taiwan.
The Asian country has lifted a temporary ban that was imposed after an outbreak of mad cow disease in Alberta last year.
The ban was lifted effective Friday.
Prior to the ban, about 12 million dollars worth of Canada's annual beef exports went to Taiwan.
The latest crop report says grain fields are developing rapidly in much of Saskatchewan.
The weekly report says 34 per-cent of spring cereals are in the heading stage.
There was some crop damage due to localized flooding, strong winds and disease.
Many farmers are applying fungicides to crops due to wet conditions.