Agricultural news for St. Marys and area.

2016 Census of Agriculture statistics released

By Stewart Grant Throughout the year, Statistics Canada has gradually been releasing additional sets of data collected from the 2016 Census. Recently, summary data concerning the 2016 Census of Agriculture was released. In the five years since the prior Census, the total number of farms in Canada have decreased by 5.9%, which is actually the…

Thorndale Farm Supply Open House

Thorndale Farm Supply had their open house this past Saturday. This is a local event not to be missed. In addition to the many sales in the store on locally grown and made products, there were lots of things for the kids to see and do. There were baby chicks, goats, rabbits, and twin calves.…

Ontario farm organizations disappointed with pig trial verdict

Farm & Food Care Ontario, Ontario Pork, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario released a joint statement last week in response to the dismissal of charges announced by Justice David Harris on Anita Krajnc’s charge for criminal mischief related to interfering with farm animals while in transit.  (Editor’s Note: Krajnc,…

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture

Agriculture and rural Ontario were largely ignored in the 2017 provincial budget. Widely recognized as a key growth area for the provincial economy, Ontario’s agri-food sector didn’t receive any new funding announcements in yesterday’s budget. While Ontario’s 2017 budget did not announce any new agriculture or rural investments, a number of recent government commitments were…

O’Leary Exit Could Adversely Impact Farmers

Bernier now the front-runner in campaign By Stewart Grant Kevin O’Leary turned the Conservative Leadership race upside-down on Wednesday when he bowed out of the race, citing his inability to defeat Justin Trudeau after failing to make inroads with the large populace in Quebec. Now that the highest-profile and highest-polling candidate in the race has…

Tom Graham Posthumously Honored

2017 Perth County Agriculture Wall of Fame Inductee In 2014, the Stratford Perth Museum introduced the Perth County Agricultural Wall of Fame to honour those who have made significant contributions to the progress of agriculture in the County. The Wall of Fame announced its 2017 inductees on April 12 at the Stratford Rotary Club’s Rural-Urban…

World Population Expressed by Cows and Pigs

By Stewart Grant There are roughly 7.5 billion people that live on Earth.  China and India, with roughly 18% of the world population each, make about 2.7 billion of this total. The United States is the third-most populated country with roughly 325 million people, while Canada at 36 million people is the 38th most-populated nation…