By Liny Lamberink
Statistics Canada has released its final total farm income figures for 2014.
The National Farmers Union Ontario says its members are opposed to changing price negotiating rules for vegetable growers.
It says proposed ammendments will take away negotiating power of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers marketing board.
The union also says a consultation process on the changes was too short and poorly timed at harvest season.
Board member, Karen Eatwell, says the only people who will benefit are corporations, and consumers won't see lower prices.
Several farm groups met with federal government officials Sunday in Regina.
The topic on the table was grain transportation.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says farmers want an efficient system to move this year's bumper crop.
He says he doesn't expect a repeat of the backlog that occurred three years ago.
Environmentalists want the Ontario government to not renew one of Nestle's water-taking permits in the town of Aberfoyle, near Guelph.
Wellington Water Watchers says water should be for life -- not profit.
It says the Ministry of Environment did NOT post Nestle's renewal application for thirty days of public comment.
But the Ministry says a water-taking permit remains in force if a renewal application is made at least ninety days before it expires, and it plans to post Nestle's application for comment once supporting documents have been reviewed.
Statistics Canada has released its final total farm income figures for 2014 and six provinces posted average farm income increases.
Statscan says farm operators in Newfoundland and Labrador earned the highest average total farm income that year -- 110,691 dollars.
Operators in Alberta -- at more than 108,000 dollars -- and Saskatchewan -- at abour 105,000 dollars -- were second and third.
Ontario was one of the four posting a drop, coming in 1-point-1 per cent below 2013.
Off-farm income accounted for just over 49 per cent of the total income of farm operators in 2014, up from a little over 48 per cent in 2013.
A farm in Saskatchewan has won a national environmental award.
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has given this year's Environmental Stewardship Award to the Anderson Ranch at Fir Mountain.
The farm includes private holdings and large provincial grazing leases.
Spokesman Bob Lowe says Miles and Sheri Anderson have built unique relationships between conservation and agriculture communities to help species at risk.
The Saskatchewan government says about three per cent of crops are in the bin, with seven per cent swathed or ready to straight cut.
The weekly crop report says that's on par with the five-year average.
A breakdown shows 62 per cent of winter wheat, 15 per cent of peas, five per cent of lentils and four per cent of barley and mustard have been combined.
Nine per cent of canola and mustard have been swathed.
Harvest is furthest ahead in the southeastern part of the province, where eight per cent of crops have been combined.