Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

New Rural Ontario Gas Parntership

By Fadi Didi

Farmers hoping to have access to natural gas got some good news from Queen's Park.

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More than 100 pigs survived a truck crash in the Toronto area only to be marched to the slaughterhouse on foot shortly afterward in an incident that resulted in an animal activist already in trouble with the law being charged once again by police.

Anita Krajnc is currently on trial for mischief for allegedly giving cool water to hot pigs en route to the same slaughterhouse last year. She says yesterday she was charged with obstructing a peace officer and breach of recognizance.

Dozens of activists descended on the scene alongside Krajnc, which led to a tense standoff with police who tried to keep the protesters at bay behind police tape. It's estimate 40 pigs died in the crash.


The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says Transport Minister Marc Garneau should listen to farmers before making any decisions on changing the Canada Transportation Act.

Garneau is reviewing a report that includes a recommendation to eliminate a policy within seven years that limits the amount of money that can be earned by C-N and the C-P-R for shipping western grain.

The federation says they are concerned railways could abuse their position. 


Farmers hoping to have access to natural gas got some good news from Queen's Park.

A new partnership has been announced to push natural gas into rural Ontario.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture says the provincial government and gas companies will immediately develop a plan to install more rural pipelines in each of the next 20 years.

O-F-A President Don McCabe says the extra access could save rural businesses, residents and farmers more than a billion dollars annually.


Many crops in Manitoba are now at the 90 per cent mark in terms of harvest progress.

Pam de Rocquigny of Manitoba Agriculture says most cereal crops are over 95 per cent done, while canola is about 90 per cent complete.

Soybeans are at about 70 per cent in some areas. Grain corn harvest has begun in some locations and sunflowers are maturing with some desiccation occurring.

De Rocquigny says a lot of producers have been drying down crops due to the wet conditions.

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