Month: August 2008

Weathering the weather

The following column was published in the Guelph Mercury August 28 2008. ********** Ontario farmers weather rainy summer – By Lilian Schaer It seems to be our national obsession. We talk about it constantly — in the news, on the street, at the coffee shop — and we even have a television channel exclusively dedicated […]

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To every food there is a season

People and innovation. Those are the keys to running a successful farming business, says grower Gerry Rochon. The Edwards ON-area farmer recently hosted Ottawa area food writers and home economists on his farm as part of ongoing efforts by AGCare and the Ontario Farm Animal Council to debunk myths related to food and farming.

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Cactus rustling?

I saw a headline of the Arizona Daily Star here in Tucson on the weekend that just intrigued me – apparently cactus stealing is a big problem in this state. Now I’ve heard a lot about the big Saguaro cactus here in Arizona but the sheer size of them never even made me consider that […]

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The truth about the cost of Ontario food

Guelph Mercury, August 01, 2008 Lilian Schaer The global food crisis is starting to hit home. Even here in Ontario where a strong farming sector produces an abundance of top quality food and exports much of it to other countries, higher food prices are becoming a fact of life. The growth of renewable fuels — […]

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Farmers doing more than their share

The following editorial was published in the Waterloo Region Record on Friday August 1. Farmers doing more than their fair share for the environment August 01, 2008 Lilian Schaer Food and farming are never far from the collective consciousness of Waterloo Region. After all, we’re home to one of the most diverse agricultural areas in […]

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