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Agriculture Report

Minimum Wage Raise Could Be Risky For Producers

By Fadi Didi

Ont. Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assoc. says raising minimum wage will put local food production at risk.

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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is the latest organization to raise concerns about the provincial government's plan for a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage.

President Keith Currie says there are portions of the agricultural sector that can't simply be lumped in with other industries.

Currie says creating a better business environment and creating good-paying jobs would be a better way to drive the economy forward.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association says the provincial government's move to raise the minimum wage will put local food production at risk.

Chairman Jan VanderHout says the cost increase will hamper Ontario's ability to compete with food grown in other jurisdictions.


Criticism continues from farm groups over President Donald Trump's budget cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs.

But some people say there's no need to worry just yet.

Republican U-S Senator Charles Grassley, who owns a farm in Iowa, doesn't expect the crop insurance cuts to make it through Congress.

Farmer Harold Wolle, who lives in a Minnesota county which favoured Trump, says it's fortunate Congress writes the budget, not the executive branch.


The cause of a fire at a pig barn in the Chatham area remains under investigation.

Fire fighters were called to the scene just before 7 a-m yesterday and were told there were about 500 pigs inside the barn.

The blaze was quickly brought under control but it's unclear how many pigs may have been injured by the fire and smoke.

There's no immediate word on a damage estimate. 


A farmer from Raymore, Saskatchewan, is taking a trip back in time to seed 10 acres of his land this summer.

Harvey Linnen is using a team of horses for the task, after finding an antique seeding drill in Barrie, Ontario, and bringing it home to take it for a spin.

With his two-horse team of Ike and Tom, he's using the machinery from 1905 to seed the last part of his land.

Linnen says with modern equipment, he can do up to 30 acres an hour but the horses only manage to get two acres done in an hour.

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