House passes Farm Bill
June 22, 2018 - It took two tries, but the United States House of Representatives has voted narrowly in favour of a new five-year Farm Bill.
It now goes to the Senate for debate and a vote.
The Farm Bill is closely watched by agriculture leaders around the world because the subsidies, export initiatives and regulations have an impact on markets.
The biggest expense is subsidies for low-income people and there’s a new and controversial provision that requires able-bodied people to work for the government assistance.
N.S. research centre burns
June 22, 2018 - Fire has shut down the main agriculture building – the Cox Institute - at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
It’s too early to tell whether research projects will be hampered; the fire was contained in the east wing which houses mainly classrooms and offices.
“The damage to the building is “substantial,” said David Gray, the dean of agriculture.
The top floor of the university building was filled with smoke and multiple fire crews tried to quell the blaze.
Top U.S. official testifies Trump is wrong
June 21, 2018 - United States Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says Canada is not a national security threat to the United States.
That’s a direct contradiction with President Donald Trump, who appointed Ross. Trump imposed a 25 per cent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, saying the tariffs are needed because of a security threat.
He only has authority to impose tariffs if the imports are a security threat.
Ross also testified during a Senate hearing that a revitalized North American Free Trade Agreement could make the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum go away.
Mr. Ross also acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. doesn’t have a trade deficit on steel with Canada, contradicting Trump on another point.
In fact, he said it has a surplus with its northern neighbour in terms of dollar value.
Don Hill dead at 80
June 21, 2018 - Don Hill of Chatsworth, well known for his work with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Environmental Farm Plan, has died. He was 80.
Visitation will be held at the GARAFRAXA HILL FUNERAL HOME, Chatsworth, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday July 7.
The funeral service will be at the Chatsworth United Church on Sunday July 8, at 2:00 p.m. and a luncheon to follow at the Garafraxa Hill Funeral Home reception area.
As expressions of sympathy, the family would welcome donations to Chatsworth Community Outreach, Grown in Grey, or Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre.
Syngenta shuffles executives
June 21, 2018 - Syngenta has chosen David Elser, a 21-year Syngenta employee, to head the top producer grower segment.
Elser most recently led the U.S. seeds sales and biofuels group.
G.W. Fuhr, who joins the company from DuPont Pioneer, will now take over the positions Elser held.