Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Pollinator Protection Plan

By Fadi Didi

Created by the province to ensure a sustainable local food supply with resilient natural habitats.


The Ontario government has launched a new plan aimed at protecting pollinators.

The province says the Pollinator Health Action Plan will help keep the ag sector productive and sustainable while supporting a healthy environment.

Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal says the plan has been created to ensure a sustainable local food supply with resilient natural habitats.

He notes the plan is built on changes already being incorporated by the ag sector to improve pollinator health.


The latest outlook from G-3 Canada for durum is down to 29 dollars a ton, canola drops 12 dollars but wheat prices are little changed.

In the past month, wheat futures have traded sideways to slightly higher while canola and durum values have retreated significantly since the November outlook.

G-3 Canada says demand has been steady for wheat, durum and canola over the past month and is expected to continue steadily for the next several months.

So far, crop development is progressing well in South America and overall world grain supplies are expected to remain abundant going into the 2017 production season in North America.


Canada's next agricultural policy framework is fast approaching as the current framework, Growing Forward 2, expires in 2018.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett says talks are progressing rapidly.

Bonnett says a big issue in 2016 was rail transportation.

He notes there was some headway made on issues such as the Maximum Revenue Entitlement and service requirements.

The domestic labour shortage and public trust were also key topics that C-F-A was concerned with over the past 12 months.


Hawaii residents concerned about pesticides are planning a push to strengthen regulation over chemicals they fear harm their health.

The divisive issue has drawn thousands to the Legislature in recent years.

Advocates are backing bills to require companies to fully disclose when and where they're spraying pesticides and to mandate buffer zones around schools and hospitals.

A seed industry spokeswoman says the companies take the issue of pesticides seriously. She says they abide by all state and federal regulations and rigorously train employees.


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