Ag minister promises help for farmers during Lambton visit

(Left to right) Farmer Emery Huszka shows soil conditions to Ontario's minister of agriculture Ernie Hardeman during a visit with Sarnia-Lambton MP Bob Bailey and Enniskillen Township Mayor Kevin Marriott. June 25, 2019 Submitted photo.

Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs says they’re helping farmers cope with the slow planting season by extending crop insurance deadlines.

Ernie Hardeman visited Lambton County Tuesday to survey the impact of extreme rainfall through the spring.

“I have heard from many of our hardworking farmers across the agriculture sector about the challenges they have been facing from the inclement weather that has occurred throughout the province,” said Hardeman. “We have been working with them to find solutions that will help farmers cope with the slow planting season by extending crop insurance deadlines and providing them information on production insurance assistance to farmers experiencing crop losses.”

MPP Bob Bailey said severe rain and wet weather has had a big impact on Sarnia-Lambton’s farming community, with damage to homes and farm property.

Farmers who are experiencing problems are encouraged to contact Agricorp at 1-888-247-4999.

For advice on best management practices for planting and crop management, farmers can contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.