By Claire McCormack
Farm in Williamsford will now supply Artisanal Chicken.
Local pastured chicken is now available to residents of Grey and Bruce Counties.
Jason Hayes of Burdock Grove Farm in Williamsford is 1 of 103 farmers to successfully apply for Chicken Farmer's of Ontario's Artisanal Chicken program.
It allows farmers to produce between 600 and 3,000 chickens in 2016.
Hayes will produce 600 birds this year in two batches.
The first batch is available now through Eat Local Grey-Bruce.
And Agricorp reports Ontario farmers have 5 million acres covered by Production Insurance this year _ about the same level as in the recent past.
The top three crops being insured are soybeans, corn and winter wheat.
Agricorp says just over 2 million acres of soybeans, about 1 point 5 million acres of corn and almost 800 thousand ares of winter wheat are now insured.
The agency is also encouraging growers to report any damage right away so Agricorp can help with whatever next steps may be required in the process.
And the U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to remove feral pigs from a wildlife area in Washington's Grant County by shooting them from a helicopter.
The state is closing public access to a portion of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area for a month while federal agents attract the pigs with bait and slaughter them from the air.
The feral pigs are considered an invasive species that can damage fences, fields and wetlands, and which can transmit diseases and parasites to livestock and people.
The state began receiving reports about the pigs a year ago.
Matt Monda, a wildlife manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says officials don't want the population to get out-of-hand.
Ag More Than Ever is a movement that features people involved in agriculture talking to non-farmers about why it is important.
Perry Wilson speaks about the movement on behalf of Farm Credit Canada.
He suggests more Canadians than ever before admit they don't know much about where their food comes from but many still want to learn.
He says having conversations between producers and non-farming people is one of the most impactful ways to get the word out.
Some test plots at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus in Ontario are growing peppers and other vegetables through strips of plastic film.
Research professor John Zandstra says the experiment is not just looking at the crops -- it is trying to find a truly biodegradable plastic.
He says plastic films are used to retain heat in the spring, conserve moisture and suppress weeds, but there is a significant cost to picking them up and disposing of them when the growing season is over.
Plastic manufacturers are looking for something that truly breaks down instead of simply breaking down into smaller pieces like first attempts a number of years ago.