By Fadi Didi
Canadian Food Inspection Agency can assess financial penalties to producers who don't comply.
The president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture says cabinet ministers should tour the province's various agricultural sectors.
Don McCabe says both the federal and provincial governments are working on the future of their agricultural policies so now would be an ideal time.
McCabe says with more than 200 crops grown in the province, attention is needed by more than the agriculture minister.
McCabe says labour and environment ministers, for example, need to understand more about the needs of the agriculture industry but also what can be done to help move the country's economy forward.
Financial penalties are now in place for producers who don't comply with Canadian Pork Council's national traceability program.
PigTrace Canada became mandatory in July 2014 under federal animal health regulations.
As of Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can assess financial penalties to producers who don't comply with PigTrace requirements.
The penalty is a fine of 13-hundred dollars.
Farmers and weather experts say dry conditions this summer are expected to take a toll on crop production in Ontario.
The province has been hit by drought in many areas with production of soybeans and corn for grain expected to drop significantly this year.
Jason Verkaik of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association says while the province has had some rain in the last two weeks, more is needed.
He says reduced yields and the added costs involved with irrigation will certainly cut into this year's profits.
Pig farmers worried about PED may get some relief in the near future.
A vaccination to protect against porcine epidemic diarrhea currently being tested by VIDO-Intervac is apparently getting good results.
Associate director of research, Dr. Volker Gerdts, says the vaccine is showing to be between 80 and 90 per cent effective.
Testing has been done with pigs at three different commercial units in Saskatchewan, all with different genetics and different management practices.