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"Lloyd, seems to me that is the only way Ritz operates.  Drops in with local MP, sele…"

Steve Twynstra replied Apr 26, 2011 to Farmers Matters Political Meeting

4 Apr 26, 2011
Reply by Steve Twynstra

"My 2cents.  I think the Conservatives will still form a minority albeit with far few…"

Steve Twynstra replied Mar 31, 2011 to Federal Budget: Do you want an election? Do you think anything will change with an election?

9 Apr 6, 2011
Reply by Bristow

"There has been a natural, cost-effective strategy here for the past year or so....ov…"

Steve Twynstra replied Mar 7, 2011 to Comment On The Ontario Government's Proposed Agriculture-Wildlife Conflict Strategy Process.

1 Mar 7, 2011
Reply by Steve Twynstra

"Not sure...but with the good field conditions and dry(er) crop we averaged over 4000…"

Steve Twynstra replied Jan 30, 2011 to Record Corn Harvest video: 50,000 bu in 10 hours. What could you achieve if there were no harvest bottlenecks? Trucks? Elevators?

2 Jan 31, 2011
Reply by Roadrunner

"I would suggest that one of the most interesting stories of 2010 was how many Ontari…"

Steve Twynstra replied Jan 4, 2011 to What Was The Ontario Agriculture Top News Story Of The Year? Any suggestions?

12 Jan 15, 2011
Reply by Roadrunner

"Hmmmm, interesting predicament I would be in if i woke up to find myself in Ritz's s…"

Steve Twynstra replied Mar 9, 2010 to If I were Ag Minister Ritz....I would "DO" the following...Not much mention of Agriculture in the Throne Speech. Comments?

4 Mar 19, 2010
Reply by Roadrunner

"Thanks Rob....and here I have been making up my own worksheets in Excel all these ye…"

Steve Twynstra replied Jan 5, 2010 to Just how big a mortgage can people carry?

7 Jan 5, 2010
Reply by Steve Twynstra

"A good old fashioned pandemic with the requisite border closures might change attitu…"

Steve Twynstra replied Dec 10, 2009 to AgVisionTV.com The High Cost of Cheap Food. Do you agree with Dr. Charlebois? Comments

4 Dec 10, 2009
Reply by rein minnema

"Within a week, now that i have booked and prepaid my flights and accomodations to a…"

Steve Twynstra replied Dec 10, 2009 to C$=US$ Parity - what date/time

6 Apr 5, 2010
Reply by Joann

"AMEN Joann!!! At the risk of sounding like a recent provincial columnist, we DO have…"

Steve Twynstra replied Nov 9, 2009 to Future of Ontario Agr As We Know It

19 Nov 20, 2009
Reply by Joann

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Federal and British Columbia agriculture ministers host roundtable discussion with representatives of the provincial agriculture and agri-food sector

Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Lana Popham, British Columbia’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries held a virtual roundtable with British Columbia’s agricultural sector yesterday to listen to their concerns following the devastating floods and landslides and to discuss both immediate and long-term support for the British Columbia agriculture and agri-food industry. Extreme weather events in British Columbia have caused many agricultural producers and their families to struggle in extremely challenging circumstances as they deal with the loss of businesses, homes, livestock, crops and livelihoods. With over 800 farms in British Columbia currently under evacuation orders, the ministers recognized the producers’ courage and perseverance and indicated they are working together to make sure that producers have the resources they need to maintain their mental health and help rebuild their operations.

Maison Francine Leroux receives federal boost to make food more accessible in Drummondville

This week, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, highlighted an investment of up to $78,338 to Maison Francine Leroux under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund’s second phase. Established in 2020, Maison Francine Leroux is a non-profit organization that promotes intergenerational sharing through textile arts, reading and cooking in the community. The Maison Francine Leroux building contains three large rooms, including a collective kitchen, where community members of all ages can safely meet to socialize, share ideas, enjoy coffee or a meal together, and lessen the feeling of isolation.

2021 Dry Bean Seasonal Summary

Acreage, Planting and Harvest In 2020, Ontario dry bean acres were at their highest since 2007. This year, insured acres of dry beans totalled around 115,000 which is comparable to the 10-year average. Acreage of each market class declined in 2021, although the decrease in kidney bean acres was relatively small.

Farm management and mental health

In 2018, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Board of Directors took a step to address this issue, through mandating the creation of a ‘Farmer Wellness’ program. “The program’s purpose is to foster awareness and provide access to prevention, support, and training resources while developing strategic partnerships to further our efforts,” explains Sarah Plater Findlay, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s human resources consultant. One of those partnerships (which also involved other farming associations and government) supported the creation of a critical recent study called ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms: Exploring the Connection between Mental Health and Farm Business Management’ by Farm Management Canada (FMC).

Pork Producers Lobby Lawmakers On Issues

Preventing foreign animal diseases, addressing a shortage of agricultural workers and reauthorizing a livestock price reporting law are the primary issues on which pork producers will lobby their congressional lawmakers over the next two days, during the fall Capitol Hill fly-in of the National Pork Producers Council. More than 100 producers from across the country are expected to participate virtually in NPPC’s Legislative Action Conference. “These are critical but by no means the only issues of concern to U.S. pork producers,” said NPPC President Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms in West Des Moines, Iowa. “Failure to address even one of these matters could make it very difficult for hog farmers to continue producing safe, nutritious pork for consumers around the globe. Our fly-in is an opportunity for producers to urge Congress to take action on important issues.”

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