Gov­ern­ments try to soften blow from ‘cat­a­strophic’ dis­ease

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s - News As more corn is har­vested in Cel­e­brat­ing birthdays this week: Kim Reynolds, Peter Le­brun, Elysa Keyes, Mar­lene Miller, Shannon


Staff A joint fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive an­nounced last week will help farm­ers af­fected by high lev­els of de­oxyni­valenol (DON), a dis­ease that im­pacted On­tario’s corn crop this year.

The plan is un­der the um­brella of the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship, a five-year, $3 bil­lion in­vest­ment by fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments to strengthen the agri­cul­ture and agri-food sec­tor.

Both gov­ern­ments are open­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion process aimed at cov­er­ing a por­tion of el­i­gi­ble farm­ers’ DON test­ing-re­lated ex­penses.

They are also sup­port­ing new projects to help ad­dress chal­lenges at dif­fer­ent points in the grain sec­tor value chain, such as es­tab­lish­ing ways to best process or mar­ket corn im­pacted by DON.

In ad­di­tion, Ot­tawa and Queen’s Park are part­ner­ing with the Grain Farm­ers of On­tario “on re­search and new ac­tions to re­duce the fre­quency and im­pact of high DON lev­els, in­clud­ing find­ing tem­po­rary op­tions to store corn to im­prove grain qual­ity.”

Barry Senft, CEO of the Grain Farm­ers of On­tario, called the “high DON lev­els in corn” that the prov­ince’s farm­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc- ing “very stress­ful,” adding that it is con­tribut­ing to “a mar­ket and har­vest like none we have seen be­fore.”

The On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs (OMAFRA), while point­ing out that the “largest por­tion of On­tario’s corn crop re­mains un­af­fected” by DON, also stated that the prov­ince “con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor the scope of the im­pact and re­view longer-term im­pli­ca­tions.” De­oxyni­valenol is a vom­i­toxin pro­duced by a type of fun­gus that in­fects a num­ber of grains, in­clud­ing corn, wheat and bar­ley. If in­gested, an­i­mal feed made from DON-in­fected grain can cause ma­jor health is­sues for live­stock, while farm­ers can also suf­fer se­ri­ous med­i­cal prob­lems if the mould is in­haled. From a fi­nan­cial stand­point, ethanol pro­duc­ers and dis­til­leries can’t sell byprod­ucts from the in­fected corn – whose ker­nels typ­i­cally bear a pink­ish hue – so they won’t pay as high a price for it. On­tario, the grain in­dus­try is deal­ing with the high­est lev­els of DON in corn that it has ever seen.

“We are pleased to see the recog­ni­tion from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments that this is a unique sit­u­a­tion that could have broad im­pact on the econ­omy and farm­ers. Although we have yet to see all the end re­sults, we know that the cur­rent DON sit­u­a­tion is cat­a­strophic for some of our farm­ers,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farm­ers of On­tario, who op­er­ates a farm near St-Isi­dore. “We see this fund­ing an­nounce­ment as the first step to­ward find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lem, and not just as a band aid to a huge is­sue. We look for­ward to work­ing more closely with the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to de­fine next steps for sup­port­ing farm­ers deal­ing with this is­sue,” said Mr. Haerle. He also re­minded the gov­ern­ments that there are other is­sues and pro­grams that need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially those that will help farm­ers with cash flow, as they face large losses in rev­enue and need to keep their busi­nesses sta­ble.

Grinch pop­u­lar theme

The Christ­mas sea­son has be­gun! It was that won­der­ful time of the year for Lan­caster’s an­nual Santa Claus pa­rade. The weather was beau­ti­ful; the floats were full of imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity. The theme this year was Christ­mas movies and the Grinch was a pop­u­lar trend. My per­sonal favourite was the Po­lar Ex­press. There was the train, the smoke, the kids, the hobo and even the ticket mas­ter! For each of the floats you could see the hard work done to make the movie scenes come alive.

The awards are as fol­lows: first École de L’Ange Gar­dien, sec­ond the Wil­liamstown Fair, third the South Lan­caster Gang, fourth the Op­ti­mist Club, fifth Knights of Colum­bus. Com­mu­nity Spirit went to the Char Lan Skat­ing Club, Air Cadets and Glen­garry Tree Ser­vice. The Lan­caster Pizze­ria treated the crowd by hand­ing out 80 pieces of pizza. Nice touch!

Satur­day evening, the Lan­caster Fire Depart­ment had its Christ­mas party at the Lan­caster Le­gion. There were a cou­ple of awards handed out. Gary Hicks Vol­un­teer Fire­man of the Year, Kevin Vi­varais re­ceived a plaque for his 25-year ser­vice with the depart­ment and Blake McDonell re­ceived a plaque for his 20 years of ser­vice. Con­grat­u­la­tions.

St. An­drew’s Church

De­cem­ber 2, the con­gre­ga­tion of St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, South Lan­caster, wel­comed into the church fam­ily, by Sacra­ment of Bap­tism, Tessa El­iz­a­beth, daugh­ter of Don­ald and Cyn­thia MacLach­lan and lit­tle sis­ter to Clin­ton and Noal. A large num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers and friends were present to wit­ness this im­por­tant oc­ca­sion in Tessa’s life. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice a reception was held at the MacLach­lan farm. The Sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion was also cel­e­brated with 112 mem­bers and ad­her­ents tak­ing part.

Rev. MacMillan wel­comed into the church, by Trans­fer of Mem­ber­ship, Lynn Hen­drie, Gla­dys Lock­hart, Anna and Kevin Rus­sell and by Act of Ses­sion Rheal Le­groulx. Fol­low­ing wor­ship a lovely lunch was served in the church hall by Joan La­pointe, Kath­leen MacEwan, and Guelda MacRae.

De­cem­ber 9, the Sun­day School chil­dren of St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church will present their an­nual Christ­mas Pageant to the con­gre­ga­tion. Recita­tions, spe­cial mu­sic and a play en­ti­tled, “The Crip­pled Lamb” will be per­formed. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice a lun­cheon will be held in the church hall and gifts and treat bags will be pre­sented to ev­ery child present. This prom­ises to be a fun and up­beat ser­vice. A warm wel­come is ex­tended to the com­mu­nity to join us. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Rev. MacMillan at 613-931-2545.

Christ­mas Tea

Salem United Church in Sum­mer­stown will hold­ing its an­nual Christ­mas tea this Satur­day from 1-4 p.m. There will also be a bake sale. For more in­for­ma­tion call 613-931-1468.

So­cial Notes

McCuaig and Tammy Kenny. Happy birthday ev­ery­one. A spe­cial birthday wish to Estelle Brazeau, another re­tired Lan­caster Pub­lic School teacher, who turned 95 years young!

Fire Chief David Rober­ston was un­able to at­tend Satur­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties as he and his wife Sonya, brought their son Cal­lum to Kingston for a tour of Queen’s. Time just keeps fly­ing! I also had the chance to catch up with Peter Van­der­burg on the week­end. His son Dil­lan is in his third year at McMaster Uni­ver­sity, study­ing Op­tom­e­try.

Speak­ing about what kids are up to, I used to men­tion a few kids on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in my col­umn, so where are all those kids now? Laugh­lin Franklin grad­u­ated from Al­go­nquin Col­lege and is now work­ing for HC Mat­con as a field en­gi­neer, in Ot­tawa. Braden Wil­let works for Scott Kin­loch. Ross Craig is in third year at Col­gate Uni­ver­sity ma­jor­ing in En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies. Michael Mof­fat works for Cornwall Elec­tric and has taken on Tris­tan as a room­mate! El­iz­a­beth O’Con­nor is still singing! She was the win­ner of Cornwall’s Ribfest Idol com­pe­ti­tion, and is a reg­u­lar karaoke singer at La Mai­son. While she moon­lights as a singer she also works at Wal­Mart Lo­gis­tics. Tay­lor Rohr-she is a third-year stu­dent at Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity study­ing Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial stud­ies, with as­pi­ra­tions to go teach in Ja­pan. Sarah Sweeny is work­ing as a PSW at two health care fa­cil­i­ties and is go­ing to school for the nurs­ing pro- gram. Me­gan Wil­let is work­ing at Wal­Mart Lo­gis­tics and has plans to go to school next Septem­ber to be­come a fire­fighter. Ina Des­gro­seil­liers bought her first home with her boyfriend Brad Richer and is study­ing to be­come a Per­sonal Sup­port Worker. Our houses were full; now on to the age of empty nest­ing.


TOP FLOAT: This colour­ful en­try by École élé­men­taire catholique de l’Ange Gar­dien of North Lan­caster was the best float in the Lan­caster Santa Claus pa­rade Satur­day.

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