By Fadi Didi
Farm groups say they hope the federal government is more aware of their concerns about grain transportation after meeting with Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The groups, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, met with Garneau on Thursday in Saskatoon.
The message focused on the need for competition and accountability in the rail grain shipping industry.
Garneau said in a news release after the meeting that Ottawa understands that a strong rail-based supply chain system is essential for producers.
And the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking residents to report any illegal activity against Ontario's fish and wildlife this hunting season.
Species at risk, shore lands, forests, provincial parks and conservation reserves, aggregate resources and public lands are sometimes targets for poachers.
All calls to the MNRF TIPS line are reviewed by a conservation officer.
If your call requires action, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will follow up ASAP.
The federal Liberals have rejected a Conservative motion to study the effect of a carbon tax on agriculture.
Conservative agriculture critic David Anderson says the refusal to examine what a carbon tax will mean to producers is unacceptable.
He says the tax will raise the cost of fuel and food for consumers. And he says it will hit every aspect of farming -- from fuel to fertilizer and equipment.
Corn harvest is in full catch-up mode south of the border.
A wet September delayed much of the Midwest while last week's passing of Hurricane Matthew held up the East Coast.
The USDA says 46 per cent of this year's corn crop is now off -- about eight per cent behind last year's pace.
The department continues to rate soybeans at 74 per cent good to excellent as bumper crops continue to be reported.