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Ag Federation wants lower farm tax rates.

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By Fadi Didi

Several regions in Western Ontario actually saw increases as high as 100 per cent.


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With municipalities working on their 2018 budgets, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is taking another shot at getting them to lower their farm tax rates.

M-PAC assessments on farm properties rolled out across Ontario last year and many were quite high.

Several regions in Western Ontario actually saw increases as high as 100 per cent.

But the blow has been softened by a four-year phase-in period.

OFA tax expert Ben LeFort made presentations at several municipal council meetings in 2017, pitching a reduced farm tax rate.

Farmers Forum contacted 21 municipalities in Western Ontario and Southern Ontario. Not a single one reduced its farm tax ratio for 2017.

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A Montreal meat packing plant has had it's licence suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Officials say it won't be reinstated until the company corrects several deficiencies.

Those include the design and maintenance of a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) system and to the application of a foreign material control program.

At this point there are no recalls associated with the suspension of operations at the Montreal facility.


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