Agricultural news for St. Marys and area.

Week of accolades for Stonetown Artisan Cheese

By Stewart Grant It was a big week for Stonetown Cheese! For the third consecutive year, the local cheese company won first-place honours at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This year, it was Stonetown’s Fontina cheese and Farmstead Emmental cheese that led their respective categories when the winners were announced on Thursday. Company owners Hans…

Cow Tests Positive for Rabies in Perth County

A calf located in Mornington Ward has tested positive for rabies. This is the sixth confirmed rabid bovine in Perth County since 2015. There were also two confirmed rabid skunks in this time frame. “This positive result continues to remind us that rabies is still present in Perth County”, says Kara Kestner, Public Health Inspector.…

Ernie Hardeman named Ontario Agriculture Minister

By RealAgriculture News Team (www.realagriculture.com) Oxford County MPP Ernie Hardeman has been tapped to lead the agriculture portfolio under Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet, unveiled June 29, as Ford took power. Hardeman has held the post previously, serving as minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1999 to 2001 under then-premier Mike Harris.…

Oxford 4-H volunteer honoured

By Laura Green It took all 5 grandchildren and grandpa to plant the Oxford 4-H Volunteer Tribute Award for Grandma Katherine Grieve.  An American Sycamore tree was planted at the Embro Pond on Friday June 8- a P.A. Day for Thames Valley District. Katherine’s nominators and Shonna Ward from Oxford 4-H Association enjoyed the morning…

New farm labour regulations impact Ontario farms

By Peggy Brekveld, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Running a farm is a complex business. Laws and regulations from multiple ministries govern Ontario farms on issues ranging from transportation and environment to labour and finance. The passing of Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017 has added additional layers of complex regulations…