By Fadi Didi
There is funding available for Ontario farmers who are doing their part to fight climate change.
The Ontario and federal government have added four new project categories under the Growing Forward 2 program to help producers shift to a low carbon economy.
Eligible projects will include retrofits to grain dryers to improve heat efficiency, modifications to fertilizer application equipment, and improving lighting systems in agricultural buildings which save on energy.
The province says tackling climate change in this way will help the sustainability of the economy.
The group which represents Manitoba's beef producers has released a list of recommendations, as the province develops its Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.
Earlier this month, the province launched an online survey to allow Manitobans to have their say on a carbon pricing plan, which the federal government requires all provinces and territories to implement by 2018.
Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Brian Lemon said he's concerned about carbon pricing because profit margins are already slim and he worries it will leave Manitoba cattle producers at a competitive disadvantage.
The group would like on-farm agricultural emissions exempt from the policy.
Florida's agriculture commissioner says the state anticipates winning its fight against a flesh-eating parasite that's threatening endangered deer in the Florida Keys.
Commissioner Adam Putnam says no wild screwworm flies have been found in the Keys since Jan. 10.
To fight the infestation, millions of male screwworm flies sterilized with radiation have been released over the Keys and the agricultural areas south of Miami. Putnam said those releases will end in late April.
The state also will shut down a highway checkpoint where animals leaving the Keys were inspected for the maggots that can eat livestock and pets alive.
The United Food and Commercial Workers says federal funding for an English-language program for workers at a Manitoba meat-packing plant could be largely scaled back or possibly cut out altogether.
The U-F-C-W, which represents unionized staff at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon, says Ottawa has served notice that the money may disappear by the end of June.
The union currently offers stage one and most of stage two English-language training that's funded by the U-F-C-W, the federal government and Maple Leaf.
Local 832 president Jeff Trager says about 200 people, including workers and their families, use the program each year.