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  • Supporting Farmers' Mental Health

    WOODSTOCK — This spring, planting season is a time of new beginnings, but it can also be a stressful period for farmers and their families. Ontario's Government wants to raise awareness, to help keep mental health and self-care top of mind in the farming community.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Helping Farmers Grow their Businesses and Support Good Jobs

    AYR - Ontario's Government is working for farmers, agri-businesses, and the people by modernizing licensing and certification processes to reduce unnecessary red tape, cut costs and help businesses grow, while maintaining standards to keep Ontario workers and families safe and healthy.

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  • Ontario Celebrates the Sweetest Season

    TORONTO - Ontario's Government for the People is celebrating maple syrup harvest season by inviting families to enjoy all things maple that are produced in the province.

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  • Recognizing Outstanding Retailer Support for Ontario Produce

    TORONTO - Ontario's Government for the People is inviting consumers to be part of the 2019 Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards program, which recognizes outstanding retailer support for Ontario-grown foods. For the first time in more than 30 years, consumers will be able to vote for a new "Consumers' Choice" award for best retail display of Ontario's fresh produce.

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  • Standing Up for Ontario Farmers

    TORONTO - The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have heard farmers' concerns and are responding with new steps to improve the corn production insurance plan. A new tiered corn salvage benefit will be introduced in support of requests from farmers who dealt with deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn crop last year due to wet weather.

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  • Ontario Launches New Local Food Goal

    TORONTO - Today, Ontario's Government for the People established the final goal of the Local Food Act, 2013. The goal, removing red tape barriers and opening the door for local food in the broader public sector, will make it easier for organizations like colleges, universities, hospitals and municipalities to procure local food.

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  • Ontario Agricultural Leaders Working Together to Strengthen the Sector

    TORONTO - Today Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs convened the first meeting of his Advisory Group which is tasked with finding ways to grow the agri-food sector, reduce red tape, and make Ontario Open for Business.

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  • Standing up for Ontario's Agri-food sector

    TORONTO - Ontario and the federal government announced today that beginning in March organizations and collaborations in the agri-food sector can again apply for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Reducing Red Tape for Beef Farmers

    TORONTO - Today, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced changes to a key lending program to help farmers, and further reduce excessive red tape in the agriculture sector.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Standing up for Ontario's Agri-food sector

    TORONTO - Ontario and the federal government announced today that beginning in March farmers and other businesses can again apply for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Canada's Agriculture Day - Minister's Statement

    On Canada's Agriculture Day, we honour the farmers here in Ontario and across the country who work hard to produce the safest, high-quality food that Canadians, and people around the world, enjoy every day.

    Statement | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Helping Ontario Farmers Affected by Wildlife and Weather Succeed

    The Government of Canada and Ontario's Government for the People are reducing regulatory burden and making life easier for farmers who experience livestock losses beyond their control.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Reducing Red Tape for Farmers

    Ontario's Government for the People is taking action to ensure the province's agricultural sector is open for business and better able to create and protect jobs.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Growing Opportunities for Young Farmers

    Guelph - Ontario's Government for the People is committed to reducing red tape and easing regulatory burden, to lower business costs and improve competitiveness for young farmers and new entrants in the agri-business sector.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Casting a Light on Mental Health in Agriculture

    Guelph - Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, today launched a public awareness campaign to highlight mental health challenges suffered by farmers and encourage people to ask for help when daily struggles become too much to bear.

    News Release | Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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