By Fadi Didi
Year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent for week ending August 13th.
Both sides of the border are experiencing big hog slaughter numbers.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent for week ending August 13th.
Ontario was above the national average, jumping 13 and half per cent from the same time in 2015.
Ron Plain of the University of Missouri says the U-S national number of hogs slaughtered was up 2.7 per cent from a year ago and the 2.29 million head were the most ever for a week in August.
A proposed facility to grow medical marijuana in northern New Brunswick is getting 4 million dollars in financial assistance from the provincial government.
The facility, under construction in Atholville, is expected to create up to 208 jobs, if approved by Health Canada.
The plant, which will operate under the name Zenabis, has reached the pre-licence inspection phase.
If approved, the company would then would have to grow a crop that meets all regulations before getting a licence from Health Canada to sell to the public.
A Tiverton man is representing Ontario in the Senior Canadian Plowing Championships in Ottawa.
The competition runs today thru Saturday.
Tom Evans qualified to represent the province when he won the overall championship plowman competition at the International Plowing Match last September.
The Bruce County man had the highest points among 140 competitiors.
If he wins the Senior competition in Ottawa, he would represent Canada at the World championships in Kenya in December of 2017.
Statistics Canada says dry weather in Eastern Canada and rain on the Prairies are expected to hurt crop production this year.
The agency says production of corn for grain is expected to drop almost nine per cent from last year to 12.3 million tonnes as Ontario, the largest producer in the country, has been hit by drought in many areas.
Ontario also leads the way in soybean production, but due to lower yields and a smaller planted crop, overall production is expected to be down by 6.5 per cent this year.