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Agriculture Report

Making Christmas Greener

By Fadi Didi

Ontario is marking the first anniversary of its official Christmas Tree Day and the hardworking farmers that help people across the province deck the halls with local trees and greenery each year.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal commemorated Christmas Tree Day on Saturday, and promoted the benefits of locally-grown trees at Chickadee Farms in Puslinch.

Ontario's Christmas tree industry employs thousands of workers in the farming, transportation and retail sectors, and generates $11.3 million in sales annually.

647 Christmas tree farms in the Greenbelt and across the province, sustainably produce more than one million Christmas trees each year, while planting the same number of seedlings for future harvests.
 

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The federal government says it's earmarking up to 16.7 million dollars to help western ranchers hit hard by a bovine T-B quarantine.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the money is meant to help cover the extra costs the Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers face due to the quarantine, which prevents them from selling their stock.

The quarantine began after U-S agriculture officials notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that tuberculosis had been detected in a cow from Alberta that was slaughtered in the states.

MacAulay says the aid will help with feed, transportation, cleaning and disinfection as well as interest costs on loans.

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Japanese health authorities have confirmed a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry in two prefectures in northern Japan.

Thousands of birds will be culled at the affected farms.

It's the virulent H-5 strain of bird flu that's been found at a chicken farm and among dead ducks at another farm.

Officials restricted the movements of poultry and eggs within three kilometres of the infected farms.

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A think-tank warns the labour shortage in the agriculture industry doubled over the past decade and is about to get a lot worse.

A Conference Board of Canada study predicts the labour shortage in the sector is expected to double again by 2025 to nearly 114-thousand unfilled jobs.

The study says simply paying Canadians more to work in the sector or buying more machines will not eliminate the need for temporary foreign workers.

It adds one potential solution may be re-evaluating Canada's immigration programs.

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Ontario is marking the first anniversary of its official Christmas Tree Day and the hardworking farmers that help people across the province deck the halls with local trees and greenery each year.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal commemorated Christmas Tree Day on Saturday, and promoted the benefits of locally-grown trees at Chickadee Farms in Puslinch.

Ontario's Christmas tree industry employs thousands of workers in the farming, transportation and retail sectors, and generates $11.3 million in sales annually.

647 Christmas tree farms in the Greenbelt and across the province, sustainably produce more than one million Christmas trees each year, while planting the same number of seedlings for future harvests.
 


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