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Agriculture Report

Ag Federation Wants Highspeed Rail

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By Fadi Didi

OFA director says tracks would go across farmland, so they should study the possible impact.


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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture wants Queens Park to let farmers and rural residents on an advisory board about a possible high-speed railway line from Windsor to Montreal.

OFA director at large, Crispin Colvin says tracks would go across farmland, so we should be consulted on how it is going to impact us.

Colvin held a meeting last fall which attracted about 350 people to the venue southwest of London.

OFA president Keith Currie has asked for agriculture involvement through the agriculture minister's office.

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Ontario's Auditor General has highlighted concerns for the AG sector in her most recent report.

Bonnie Lysyk identified some issues with the farm support programs in place.

She says only one of Ontario's four main farm-support programs, the Production Insurance Program, sufficiently helps farmers manage losses.

But she also identified some areas of remarkable overspending in the farm support programs.

She says the $100 million Ontario Risk Management Program often pays farmers with little regard to individual need.

The Auditor General claims only half of farmers who received payments between 2011 and 2015 actually reported either a loss or a drop in income in the year they received the payment.


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