Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces $50 million more in funding for the Ontario Risk Management Program at Craven Farms in Chatham-Kent.

Ontario bumping up Risk Management Program by $50 million

The program has been re-opened for applications until July 30

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario government has come through a year earlier than expected with an additional $50 million for the provincial Risk Management Program (RMP). Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement today at Craven Farms in Chatham-Kent, as he visited farms and processors in the area.   Why it matters: Several areas of Ontario agriculture have […] Read more

Ontario pledges farm recruiter crackdown as COVID-19 outbreaks grow

Ford rips 'fly-by-nighters just trying to make a quick buck'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Toronto | Reuters –– Ontario will crack down on “fly-by-night” recruitment agencies sending workers on to farms, the premier said on Monday, after a testing blitz identified a major coronavirus outbreak on a farm in southwestern Ontario. “We’re reaching out to all the farmers, we’re getting a list of these recruitment agencies. We found out […] Read more

Premier Ford is depicted in the recent Grain Farmers of Ontario video looking for more government funding.

GFO credits Ford for advancing funding cause

New version of video continues to push concerns of grain farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) says it is making headway in its goal to find more government funds for members. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is now acting as an advocate for the request and is taking the message to the federal government, says Markus Haerle, chair of the board of Grain Farmers of Ontario. GFO […] Read more

Premier Ford makes the announcement of the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.

Agriculture and supply chain part of essential service list

COVID-19 driven shut down of non-essential Ontario businesses to start at the end of Tuesday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated March 23, 9 p.m. to include details about essential service listing and agriculture businesses. Ontario’s non-essential businesses will be shut down as of midnight Tuesday night in order to continue to fight COVID-19. Alist released late Monday, March 23 includes farmers and the agriculture supply chain on the essential list. Ontario Premier Doug Ford […] Read more

Provincial government looking into consumer harassment

More protection from trespassers needed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recent trespassers on a Southern Alberta turkey farm continues to raise the question to farmers within Ontario and Canada as to when this type of harassment will be stopped. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Premier Doug Ford recently spoke to Farmtario at the Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show about this […] Read more

Former Ontario Tory ag critic returns to file as assistant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Premier Doug Ford has added a second veteran MPP to assist Ag Minister Ernie Hardeman with the agriculture, food and rural affairs portfolio. Ford on Wednesday named Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant to the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, with responsibility for agriculture and food. Randy Pettapiece, who since June last year […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman, left, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs talks to Premier Doug Ford during a visit to a Woodstock-area farm.

Province hears from farmers on carbon tax

There’s little enthusiasm from the premier on a high speed rail proposal

Reading Time: 3 minutes The provincial Conservative government is continuing its push to negate the federal carbon tax. Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, minister of environment, conservation and parks and Ernie Hardeman, minister of agriculture, visited Veldale Farms near Woodstock in late March to hear from farmers about the effects of the carbon tax. The meeting was closed to […] Read more

Ontario delays start date of retail cannabis sales

Reading Time: 2 minutes Toronto | Reuters — Ontario’s newly elected Tory government said Monday it will delay the start date of recreational marijuana sales in the province and will allow private retailers to sell cannabis rather than government-run stores. Ontario will allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana starting on April 1, officials from the province’s Progressive Conservative […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman is Premier Doug Ford's choice as agriculture minister and joins many other rural MPPs in cabinet.

Rural Ontario gets half of cabinet positions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. The agriculture ministry is a familiar role for Hardeman, who was agriculture minister in Mike Harris’ Conservative government from 1999 to 2001. Along with Hardeman, many other rural MPPs received significant portfolios Friday from Premier Doug Ford, bringing a voice for rural Ontarians […] Read more