Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Agri-Food Innovators

By Fadi Didi

A 30-million-dollar grain terminal is being built at Wilkie, about 130 kilometres west of Saskatoon.

GrainsConnect Canada says Wilkie is the second location for the company, with a facility near Maymont nearing completion.

The company is a partnership of GrainCorp of Australia and a Japanese-based company.

Jim Wickett, chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, says it is good news for farmers.

He says additional competition from grain companies can lead to higher prices and expanded markets.

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It looks like many growers on the Prairies will get one more kick at the can to try and combine some additional crop in the coming days.

Environment Canada is forecasting a number of days of much higher than normal temperatures, as high as the mid-teens on the weekend.

Farmer Jeremy Welter says more than half of his crop is still on the field, including one thousand acres of canola.

Welter expects most farmers will concentrate their harvesting efforts on canola with approximately 20 per cent of the provincial crop still on the field.

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Ontario is recognizing the work of agri-food innovators whose ideas and passion strengthen their businesses, grow the province's agri-food sector, boost the economy and create jobs.

On Monday, recipients of the 2016 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured in Newmarket during a ceremony hosted by Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing and MPP for Newmarket-Aurora.

Recipients were recognized for their contributions to boosting economic growth in Ontario by creating new products that help to support job creation, and add value to existing products.

The award recipients were from the Toronto and York Regions.

The province hopes to double the growth rate of the agri-food sector and create 120,000 jobs by 2020.

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If you can't make it to Toronto for the Royal Agricultural Fair, you can watch this year's main livestock show ring online.

State-of-the-art digital capacities enable livestreaming of this year's Ring of Excellence, delivering The Royal to a global audience.

The 2016 fair runs until Sunday at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

The Royal has been the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian fair since 1922.


 


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