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Agriculture Report

Farm Accident Claims Life of Toddler

By Fadi Didi

A boy was playing outside when he became involved with a piece of machinery.


Length: 2:22

A toddler has died in a farming accident in southwestern Ontario.

Waterloo regional police were called to a family farm around 11:30 Thursday morning in Woolwich, where investigators found the body of a small boy.

Police spokeswoman Cherri Greeno says the boy was playing outside when he became involved with a piece of machinery and died because of his injuries.

She says the family is wracked with grief.

Greeno says investigators on scene are also struggling.

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A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for meat processing corporations in the U-S has been delayed by President Donald Trump.

The rule was first proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010 but was met with resistance in Congress and by the meat processing industry.

The rule would make it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair, discriminatory or deceptive practices.

For years some chicken growers who enter long-term contracts with companies like Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride have alleged the industry locks them into deals that fix their compensation at unprofitably low levels and forces them deeply into debt.

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Canadian egg production continues to rise while poultry numbers have leveled off.

Statistics Canada reports egg production was up to 64.4 million dozen during the month of January.

That's a 5.2 per cent increase from the same month in 2016.

Production in Ontario increased 3.8 per cent, or 900,000 dozen, from a year ago.

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The federal Opposition's trade and agriculture critics say the Liberal government needs to take the issue of pulse access to India seriously.

The government announced last week that India has issued a three-month waiver allowing Canadian pea and lentil exports in without required pest treatment.

International Trade critic Gerry Ritz and Agriculture critic David Anderson say the extension is welcome, but the uncertainty for farmers remains.

They question how Canadians can trust the government to negotiate a beneficial free-trade agreement with India when they can't secure long term access to the Indian market for Canadian pulse exporters.

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A farmer from southeast Saskatchewan has launched a web platform to make the task of matching employees to jobs in agriculture a little easier.

Kristjan Hebert (hee-bert) from Fairlight, Saskatchewan, is the founder of WorkHorse.

Hebert says it's a question of matching farm jobs with workers with qualifying skill sets.

Hebert says it will be up to the employer to do background checks.


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