By Fadi Didi
Labor shortages in agriculture, most serious is in livestock processors, cattle feedlots and pig barns.
It will be some time before officials can declare an end to the bovine tuberculosis disaster.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says while six cases of the disease have been found, officials say
there have not been any new cases in the past week.
The C-F-I-A says the slow nature of the disease means it can take between eight and 12 weeks before any cow is confirmed uninfected.
Cattle ranchers in parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan have been rocked over the past two months after an Albertan cow slaughtered in the U-S in October was found to have the disease.
The Alberta government has declared the outbreak a disaster.
A worker suffered critical injuries in a fall on a job site, and an Elmira company has been fined 50-thousand dollars.
Earl Horst Systems Limited -- which manufactures and installs grain bin systems and accessories -- pleaded guilty in a London court to failing to ensure that the worker was tied to a suitable anchor.
The incident happened on October 9th of last year, as the company was adding new grain storage at a farm in Newbury.
The worker fell about nine metres from to top of a grain bin and suffered several injuries.
Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal continues to delay making a decision on recommendations of the Province's independent Farm Products Marketing Commission, while orders are cancelled, jobs are at risk and investment dries up.
That's according to Karl Evans, Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association.
Farm-dot-com posed questions of the Minister recently and Leal has directed the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to develop a plan for consultation.
Mark Weil, the GM of Weil's Food Processing says they have had years of consultation on this issue and the FPMC has come back with a sound recommendation that the Minister ignored.
He says Queens Park is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
There are labor shortages in all areas of agriculture but the most serious appears to be for livestock processors, cattle feedlots and pig barns.
A new three-year study estimates the beef and pork sectors are looking at a labour gap in excess of 15-thousand people by 2025.
That compares to the current shortfall of approximately 43-hundred jobs.
The most significant factor is the retirement of these industries' older-than-average workforces.
Over the next decade, nearly one in three Canadian beef workers and one in four Canadian pork workers are expected to retire.