Agricultural news for St. Marys and area.

Op Ed: Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges

By Emery Huszka, National Farmers Union-Ontario President Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. Investors and heavily financed, large-scale farm operations have created an…

Thorndale Fall Fair This Weekend

The Thorndale Fair runs this weekend from Sept. 23 – 25 at the fairground in Thorndale. Locals will already be aware of the fair’s arrival thanks to the banner stretching across the main thoroughfare in Thorndale, and the programs that have been mailed out to surrounding residents. The fair opens at 5:00 pm this evening,…

Perth South Council hears update on proposed surplus farmhouse severance policy ahead of Sept. 22 public meeting

By Dan Rankin In St. Pauls Tuesday, Perth South Council received an update from County Planner Allan Rothwell regarding proposed amendments to the county’s official plan that would permit surplus farmhouse severances. A public meeting on the subject is scheduled to take place at the Mitchell Community Centre on Thursday, Sept. 22 beginning at 7:30…