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Confusion reigns in bid to strip Ontario grower board of its marketing powers

Fruit, cash crop and sheep producer Marshall Schuyler is so concerned about Kamenz's handling of the proposal, he has written to Agriculture, Food and Rural...

Ontario agriculture minister's progress report identifies five key areas

Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal has reported progress in all five key areas of the mandate letter issued by Premier Kathleen Wynne after he took...

Two-year reprieve for TBARS

Christina Crowley-Arklie, press secretary and senior communications adviser to Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal, says by email the funding is a “one-time transfer payment” to...

Recent grants foster farming in northern Ontario

The funding was announced by Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, who is also chair of the heritage fund corporation. Established in June 1988,...

Trade mission to China in April will promote Ontario agricultural products

The mission, on from April 16 to 25, is being led by Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal and Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade Minister Michael...

Farm groups ask province to explore separating business risk programs

Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal confirms by email his ministry has been working with the coalition “to determine how best to move forward to ensure...

Ontario's environmental commissioner calls for neonic phase out

Ottawa Citizen Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal says by email the government is committed to finding a balanced approach that addresses the...

Farm leaders mull premier's mandate letters

Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal says one of the most critical parts of his letter from Premier Kathleen Wynne outlining ministry...

Chicken Farmers of Ontario policies stand – for now

As well, Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal has the power to review, accept, change, dismiss or reject a tribunal decision and...

Company seeks new uses for neonicotinoid pesticide in US and Canada

Meanwhile, Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal has announced plans to clamp down on “the widespread, indiscriminate use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides.” In early July, Leal outlined...

Municipality eases worries about Kemptville agricultural college's future

Bryan Bossin, press secretary and communications assistant to Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal says by email both reports will be made public...

Report outlines impact of veterinary college

The veterinarians trained at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College provide key support to Ontario's meat, dairy, poultry and egg industries, a sector worth...

Ontario eyes cost of Russian ban on food Canada produces

Ontario is studying the ramifications of the recently-announced Russian trade ban on Canadian agricultural products “to better understand how this will impact business,” says Jeff...

New provincial budget mirrors pre-election spending plans

Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal says Monday's budget is the same one the government introduced in May. That budget was defeated...