By Fadi Didi
American Farmers write to Trump on the benefits of barrier-free trade.
American farm groups have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump that claims market access to Canada and Mexico has quadrupled exports in the last 22 years, to 38-point-6 billion dollars.
Over 130 farm groups signed the letter, which points out how American farmers produce more food than the country can consume and that barrier-free trade keeps rural communities sustainable.
The letter says the groups look forward to working with Trump and his administration in preserving and expanding gains within the North American market.
Notable signatures include Deere and Company, the National Pork Producers Council and the U-S Dairy Export Council.
Ikea Canada is buying a second Alberta wind farm as part of the global company's goal of generating more renewable energy than it uses by 2020.
The Swedish furniture maker is buying the 88-megawatt Wintering Hills wind farm near Drumheller from TransAlta and Teck Resources for about 119.6-million dollars
It also acquired a wind firm in Pincher Creek in 2013.
Together, the two wind farms can produce more than four times the energy consumed by Ikea's Canadian operations.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is reporting hog slaughter in the first month of the year, is well back of last year's pace.
While it is a small sample size, A-A-F-C reports Canadian hog volumes at market to be down by nearly 80-thousand head through the first two weeks of the year, a decline of 8.9 per cent.
Hog weights are also down as markets didn't slow down much over the Christmas holidays.
Total pork production is down by 10-thousand metric tonnes from a year ago.
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is again the title sponsor of the 2017 Recharge with Milk Men's Tankard Curling Championships.
Chair Ralph Dietrich says this is the third year DFO has sponsored the Recharge with Milk Tankard and says they are proud to continue to support grassroots Ontario athletes in curling.
The Tankard started Sunday in Cobourg and runs until next Sunday, Feb. 5th.
Ten teams from all of Ontario's curling zones will play for their chance to represent the province at the Brier. The event will also feature the women's Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Championships.