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  • Celebrating Ontario's Bees and Beekeepers on World Bee Day

    TORONTO — Ontario's government is celebrating World Bee Day by recognizing the important contribution that managed honey bees, wild bees and beekeepers make to the province's economy and environment.

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  • Supporting Innovation to Help Ontario Farmers

    TORONTO — The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping the province's corn farmers better manage future occurrences of the plant disease deoxynivalenol (DON) in their crops.

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  • Creating Jobs and Boosting Economic Growth in Rural Ontario

    The Ontario government is working for the people to better help rural and Indigenous communities attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through a revitalized Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The first intake of the redesigned program will open July 29, 2019.

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  • Ontario Supporting Fresh and Healthy School Fundraising

    TORONTO - The Ontario government is supporting school fundraising and promoting fresh Ontario grown food and healthy eating through its Fresh from the Farm initiative. Schools can enroll in the program for 2019 by visiting Fresh from the Farm.

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  • Making it Easier for Farmers to do Business

    TORONTO - Today, Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, met with André Lamontagne, Québec's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to discuss opportunities to enhance collaboration for the provinces' agriculture and food sectors.

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  • Listening and Learning to Support Agri-food Businesses

    WOODBRIDGE - Ontario's government is working for farmers and agri-businesses to reduce unnecessary red tape, cut costs and help businesses grow, so they can succeed and create good jobs now and in the future.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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