Local MPP wanted to showcase local farmers

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. (Submitted photo)

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece used his appearance on TVO’s Blind Date to shine a spotlight on Ontario agriculture.

Entitled The Food We Eat, the episode aired on February 11 on TVO. As part of the network’s continuing series “Political Blind Date”, it featured Pettapiece and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner.

Pettapiece also serves as the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The episode focused on how farmers are transforming their operations with technical innovations. They also discussed what role the government should play in supporting large and small scale farms.

Pettapiece brought Schreiner for a tour of Listowel-area egg producer Tonya Haverkamp’s farm. They also toured Maplevue Dairy Farms, owned by Dave and Doug Johnston.

If you missed it, the episode can be seen on TVO’s website.

Pettapiece said Ontario farmers, and especially those in Perth-Wellington, are true professionals and that was the message he wanted to convey to people across the province.