Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Bees Still Under Threat

By Fadi Didi

Ontario Beekeepers association warns the threat to bees from neonicotinoid pesticide continues.


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 The Ontario Beekeepers association is warning the threat to bees and the industry from neonicotinoid pesticides continues despite new legislation in Ontario.

In a letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food the group applauds Health Canada for taking action but claims the phase-out is too long.

The Beekeepers association says the proposed 3-5 year plan will help protect the environment and preserve food security, but adds a faster implementation would be even better.

Ontario also grows almost 37% of Canada's fresh fruit and vegetables.

Most of these farm products require insect pollinators.

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A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America.

The Sartori company in Antigo won the title at this year's U-S Championship Cheese Contest with its Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, by master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski.

The U-S championship is considered the largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the country.

Sartori also won the title in 2009.

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Emery Huszka of Florence, Ontario has been acclaimed as the National Farmers Union - Ontario President.

The Annual General Meeting was held on March 4th in Ridgetown.

In his second term, Huszka remains committed to the NFU-O's focus on engaging youth and sharing the core values with both rural and urban populations.

Huszka says our youth are farming's future, and if we don't prioritize strong rural communities and economically and environmentally sustainable farms, there will be nothing left for the next generation.

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During question period at Queens Park, Ontario NDP agriculture and food critic John Vanthof, called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to stop jeopardizing the future of Ontario farmers.

He says the Liberal government interfered in negotiations between vegetable growers and food processors, and has now dissolved the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers board (OPVG).

Instead of an elected board that is accountable to farmers, the negotiating rights of vegetable growers are now in the hands of a government appointee who answers to Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Vanthof says fairness for farmers doesn’t appear to matter to Premier Wynne as she passed the question to the minister of agriculture, who defended the Wynne government’s decision to dissolve the farmers board.


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