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Agriculture Report

New Potato May Help Steady Blood Sugar

By Fadi Didi

There's more excitement at the International Plowing Match in Harriston Thursday.

The Queen of the Furrow gala is being held at the Edge Mutual Insurance Main Stage, and the Knights of Valour Jousting Tournament is scheduled this afternoon.

Ontario's political leaders were in Harriston, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, who acknowledged the value of the province's agricultural sector...

Progressive Conservative boss Patrick Brown and N-D-P leader Andrea Horwath also celebrated rural life at the I-P-M earlier this week.


Meanwhile, members of the Organic Council of Ontario met with the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture to encourage Queen's Park to adopt Canada's federal organic regulations.

The O-C-O expressed a need for sector-specific funding, noting Quebec's $4-million organic sector growth strategy.

About 53 per cent of Ontarians buy organic groceries every week, and 98 per cent plan to increase their organic food purchases in the future.


And the Growing Your Farm Profits workshop in Elora on Friday and October 4th has been cancelled by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.


People who avoid potatoes to reduce their carb intake can now try a new Ontario-grown variety that's touted to have a lower glycemic response, meaning it doesn't cause the rapid spike in blood sugar that normally comes from eating carbohydrate-rich foods.
EarthFresh Farms says depending on seed yields, the Carisma potato will likely be grown next year in Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.



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