By Fadi Didi
Planning is well underway for the 2018 show in Chatham-Kent.
This International Plowing Match held in Huron County is barely history, and planning is well underway for the 2018 show in Chatham-Kent.
It is on from September 18th to the 22nd and the call is going out for individuals and groups interested in volunteering.
Since the first International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) in 1913, the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) has relied on volunteers.
In fact, the event requires approximately 1,000 volunteers each year to fill the variety of positions.
More Alberta beef producers and processors are looking to get "halal certification" to cater to Canada's growing Muslim population.
The Canadian halal market is valued at $1 billion annually.
Officials expect that market to expand, as Canada's Muslim population is projected to triple by 2030, up from the 2011 count of one million people.
Alberta's Department of Agriculture started looking into halal market opportunities 15 years ago but this niche is now receiving more attention than ever.
In May of last year, three business partners opened northern Alberta's only slaughterhouse dedicated to halal production.
No pork, which is forbidden in Islam, has entered their establishment.