By Fadi Didi
Governments consider an aid package for producers hit by a bovine tuberculosis outbreak.
Ottawa and the provincial governments are considering an aid package for producers hit by a bovine tuberculosis quarantine in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The executive director of Alberta Beef Producers, Rich Smith, says the agency pays compensation to producers whose animals are destroyed.
However, there are no payments to ranchers who lose money because they can't sell or move their cattle due to the quarantine.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said last week that five new cases of bovine T-B have been found in cattle in southeastern Alberta, bringing the total number to six.
A Simcoe County crop farmer is the new president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Keith Currie has been a vice-president for three terms.
He received 151 votes for President of the OFA at the Annual general meeting in Toronto.
In a speech to the delegation, Currie says he's worried that the agriculture industry is starting to fracture.
He says the OFA has always been an organization that's represented all farmers and all of agriculture but he feels that's changing.
At this years Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, a number of area residents took away awards in the competitions.
In the NATIONAL ANGUS competition...
The Junior Division Champion Female Calf belonged to Brad Gilchrist, of Lucknow.
In the HEREFORD competition...
The Herdsman Award went to Heather Ribey, of Paisley.
The CHAROLAIS RESULTS saw the Premier Breeder Award given to Wanda Snobelen, of Ripley.
and the Don Turnball Achievement Trophy went to Jim Baker, of Stayner.
An agri-food trade mission to India included two of Ontario's cabinet ministers.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal and Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade, led the first ever trade mission to India recently.
They were joined by delegates from Ontario agri-food businesses and organizations.
A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Forum of Indian Food Importers to increase trade and investment in Ontario and strengthen relationships among agri-food businesses and organizations.
The Ministers also promoted Ontario's cutting edge agri-technology and economic opportunities to more than 300 Indian agri-food companies during their trip.