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Agriculture Report

Farming Reality TV Looks to Canada

By Fadi Didi

Farmer Wants a Wife is hoping one of their dozen farmer contestants this year will come from Canada.


If you're a single farmer of any age, either male or female, and speak passable German, there may be a reality T-V show for you.

Makers of the popular 12-year-old Germany program that in English is called Farmer Wants a Wife are hoping one of their dozen farmer contestants this year will come from Canada.

Producer Jennifler Bichler says they're trying to help find women and men for the farmers in Germany, adding it's not easy for farmers to find someone.

Finalists will get to attend a special barn dance, and then two contestants will be chosen to visit the German farmer for a week.


Stratford will soon be home to a new 65-thousand square foot hatchery.

It will be located in the Wright Business Park.

Trillium Hatchery is investing 20 million dollars over the next 18 months to build the facility.

It will also implement a new technology called HatchCare.
It will provide chicks with access to feed, water and light as soon as they come out of the shell, something that's not traditionally done in hatcheries.


Barn fires are a major concern for Ontario farmers and a fire prevention course is coming up next month in Markdale.

There are two dates set aside for the course, next Monday March 6th, and then on Tuesday March 21st both from 1pm until 3:30pm.

OMAFRA's Jacqui Empson Laporte will demonstrate a FLIR camera that fits on your smartphone to help you identify electrical problems BEFORE they turn into something tragic.

John Van de Vegte of OMAFRA, will explain how fires start and how preventative maintenance on the electrical system in your barn can help reduce your risk of fire.  

Over a 7 year period from 2008 - 2014, there were 1163 barn structure fire incidents in Ontario, with an average of $28.2 million in financial loss. 


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