My own perception is that they are very willing to work with Ontario Producers, but having said that, it was just a preliminary meeting. I believe, we still have a very long way to go in educating consumers and yes, even though the chain stores are in the business of food, they need to be educated as well. Just my own personal opinion though. My discussion regarding the staining on the onions is a perfect example. Onions are grown outside, they are subject to Mother Nature, sometimes no matter how good a Farmer you are, things happen that are just out of your control. This NEEDS to be understood by those in the food industry. Just because it doesn't "look pretty", doesn't make it a bad product. It's like judging a book by its cover. This meeting was a good "first step" though.
Ed Benjamins, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), presented a strong case for growth in the chicken sector at the 2017 Agricultural Lenders' Conference in Guelph. Benjamins noted that the sector had increased production by over five percent in 2015 and in 2016, and that the industry is still expecting further growth in 2017. The conference is hosted by the Poultry Industry Council and attracted more than 30 agricultural lending specialists from across the major financials institutions
Ontario producers and other rural residents gathered at three public information meetings this week to discuss their concerns about the province’s proposed high speed rail (HSR) between Kitchener and London.
The 2018 season is obviously off to a slow start following a significant storm system that brought freezing rain, ice pellets and snow to much of the province on the April 14th weekend. As of April 18th, it’s easy to find fields that are still snow covered (Figure 1). The weather and soil conditions will eventually turn more favourable and when it does field activities will begin at a rapid pace. The following is an overview of where crop conditions are at so far and management considerations for the upcoming 2018 crop.