Agricultural news for St. Marys and area.

CCA urges Government of Canada to expedite CPTPP implementation Bill

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as an extremely positive development for Canada’s entire beef sector. Furthermore Canada’s agriculture and agri-food products sector will benefit from preferential market access to all CPTPP countries and gain new market access opportunities.  The CPTPP is on track to become the biggest trade…

UTRCA set to close Glengowen Dam project

By Chet Greason Ian Wilcox, general manager of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA), has said that the Glengowen Dam project will never happen and needs to close. The topic came up during Wilcox’s presentation to St. Marys Council during their budget deliberation meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 30. Wilcox annually presents…

OFA’s budget advice to government

By Keith Currie, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture As the provincial government develops its 2018 budget, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) offers recommendations on spending and investments needed to strengthen our provincial economy and benefit all Ontarians. In OFA’s pre-budget submission, we’re advising the government to shift spending by distributing economic development across Ontario.…

1,800 pigs die in barn fire

Members of the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advise that a barn fire which occurred on Perth Line 16, shortly before 6:00 a.m. on January 9, 2018 has been determined to be non-suspicious in nature. Approximately 1800 pigs were inside the barn at the time of the fire; all of which were lost. No…

Kirkton dairy 4H club

What an amazing year for all the 4Hers in the Kirkton Dairy club!   They should be so proud of themselves with all they have accomplished this year.  Their major project this year was helping to fund and build a new pavilion at the Kirkton Community Centre.  The club asked the Kirkton Woodham Optimist club…

The farm property tax conundrum

By Larry Davis, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Last year many Ontario farmers and landowners were shocked by the 2016 Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessments that saw farmland values increase by an average 65% over a four-year period. Ontario farmers had already dealt with similar increases in the previous round of MPAC assessments in…

Federal government responds to pressure on tax changes

By Mark Wales, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture The federal government got an earful about its proposed tax changes that would have devastating impacts on incorporated farm businesses in Canada. It appears they have listened as Finance Minister Bill Morneau has now announced a reduction in small business tax rates, as well as the abandonment…