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Agriculture Report

Simcoe Grey MPP fighting for local farmers

By Fadi Didi

Farmers were hit by flooding last month.


Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson is fighting for local farmers who were hit by flooding last month.

He has written a letter to the Minister of Agriculture to see if the province will help with financial assistance.

Many farmers say the losses are in the millions after flooding turned their fields into lakes on June 23rd.

Wilson says he's toured the area and can attest to the fact that the damage is significant.

He's asked the government to assess the situation immediately, and look at what types of assistance are available to help these residents.


U-S dairy farmers want regulators to banish the term ``soy milk,'' but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such beverages.

Emails released in response to a lawsuit say the United States Department of Agriculture -- quote -- ``fervently'' wanted to use the term ``soy milk'' in educational materials.

That irked the F-D-A, the U-S agency that oversees the federal rule defining milk as coming from healthy cows.

The U-S-D-A's site currently says calcium-fortified soy milk is part of the dairy group.

The National Milk Producers Federation says it's working to build support in Congress for legislation directing the FDA to enforce the federal standard.


A new winter wheat has out-yielded all other varieties in intensive trials by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee.

The Dow Seeds strain, a medium-awned soft red winter wheat variety, delivered an average of 110 per cent yield index over two years.

Trials were done across Southern Ontario, from areas between Windsor and Kingston, and as far north as Midland.

Dow Seeds says the strain is an exciting new variety, with good disease tolerance and above-average yields.


Manitoba Pork says barn fires are tragedies and hog farmers care deeply about their families and the staff who work in the barns.

The industry group says prior to 2011, agricultural buildings were not subject to any building codes.

Still, the group says most barns were professionally built and their electrical systems were inspected by Manitoba Hydro, and insurance companies also insisted on a number of standards.

As older barns are replaced over time, Manitoba Pork says, the system will bring itself up to current standards.

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