UPDATE: Celebrating Canada’s agricultureFebruary 12, 2019 5:00am
Today is Canada’s Agriculture Day.
And Ottawa will be filled with a number of dignitaries, business leaders and those supporting agriculture.
Locally, there is a screening of the film ‘Before the Plate’ in Listowel at 7:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Hall hast been postponed to Wednesday night for the same time. The evening will start with a 6:30 p.m.
And in Mildmay, Stoltz is hosting a gathering as a thank-you to farmers.
In the nation’s capital, Agriculture Day will bring together producers, grocery retail and agriculture industry leaders for a day of discussion focusing on the future of food.
It will feature presentations from Oleen Smethurst from Costco Wholesale Canada, Sarah Davis from Loblaws Companies Limited, and Sonya McCullum Roberts from Cargill Proteins, among others.
And the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, is expected to make a federal funding announcement in support of adaptation and competitiveness in the agricultural sector.
In a release, Ontario’s agriculture minister, Ernie Hardeman, says it’s a special occasion to recognize the farmers and agricultural businesses who feed families, and for consumers to learn about farm operations and how food is produced.
For Hardeman, he says each day is Canada’s Agriculture Day and each day is an opportunity to stand up for Ontario’s farmers by strengthening and protecting supply managed sectors, reducing unnecessary red tape for farmers and agribusinesses and protecting food safety.
Hardeman finishes by stating it’s a time to appreciate the contribution farmers make to rural communities and the many quality products they bring to dinner tables.