NEW BRUNSWICK CLYDESDALE OWNER WINS BEST LADY DRIVER . . . GOVERNMENT OF CANADA DELIVERS NEW PROGRAMS FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SECTOR . . . NEW SCHOOL FUNDRAISER PUTS THE FOCUS ON HEALTHY, FARM-FRESH FOODS . . . IF BIG FOOD BUYS YOUR FAVORITE “NATURAL” FOOD BRAND, WILL YOU TRUST IT? . . . LIBERALS UNVEIL AGRICULTURAL PLATFORM . . .
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NEW BRUNSWICK CLYDESDALE OWNER WINS BEST LADY DRIVER
New Brunswick horse owner Sara Hayes has been named Best Lady Driver at the World Clydesdale Show in London, Ontario. Hayes, of Charters Settlement, was competing for the first time at the World Championship, held every four years. Her family has been showing Clydesdales for three generations. (read more)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA DELIVERS NEW PROGRAMS FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SECTOR
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Government of Canada announced (last week) a series of new programs and initiatives for supply-managed producers and processors to support them throughout the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. Under both agreements, the three pillars of the supply management system will remain protected. (read more)
NEW SCHOOL FUNDRAISER PUTS THE FOCUS ON HEALTHY, FARM-FRESH FOODS
A new fundraiser put on in some Nova Scotia schools is connecting children and their families with healthy sustainable foods, provided by local farmers. Instead of selling chocolate bars or other sweet treats, students taking part in the Nourish Your Roots fundraiser are selling boxes full of fresh, seasonal produce. “We sold almost 160 boxes and our school has 130 students,” says Brendon MacGillivary, principal at Oldfield Consolidated Elementary in Enfield, N.S. (read more)
IF BIG FOOD BUYS YOUR FAVORITE “NATURA” FOOD BRAND, WILL YOU TRUST IT?
Big food companies are buying up small ones. Honest Tea is now part of Coca-Cola. The French company Danone controls Stonyfield yogurt. Hormel owns Applegate natural and organic meats. The Cornucopia Institute has put together a poster that shows the full extent of the merger wave, at least for the organic industry. In the latest deal, announced a few weeks ago, Perdue Farms, a big poultry producer based in Maryland, bought Niman Ranch, which started as an idealistic group of farmers protesting against companies like Perdue. (read more)
LIBERALS UNVEIL AGRICULTURAL PLATFORM
Source: Island Farmer
A better transportation system, improved water management, and additional funds for research highlight the Liberal agriculture platform for the October 19 federal election.
The policy was released in the final week of the campaign in Saskatchewan by Ralph Goodale, a long-time Liberal MP and former finance minister. Goodale said the transportation system must be “world class” so producers can get their products to market. The Liberals are pledging a rail costing review. (read more)
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