Labrador farmers want changes to ag land leasing policy

by Heather Jones

The status quo of Labrador’s agricultural industry is not acceptable, according to farmers in the central part of the region. Des Sellars recently made 13 recommendations on behalf of the Lake Melville Agricultural Association to the provincial committee that’s consulting farmers and stakeholders on a risk assessment for the Newfoundland and Labrador industry.

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Mother Nature’s fickleness challenged N.B. produce growers

by Joan LeBlanc

Mother Nature was a bit fickle with her weather conditions this year. That played havoc with some New Brunswick vegetable producers but worked well for others.
“It was wet – we got stuck spreading lime – so we went to other fields we have that are drier,” said Robert Murray, who with his wife Shelley and son and daughter-in-law Nathan and Jessica, own and operate Murray’s Farm Fresh Vegetables in Point de Bute, N.B.

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“NorthumberLamb” celebrates 35th anniversary with a party

by Dan Woolley

Members of the Northumberland Lamb Marketing Co-operative, commonly called “NorthumberLamb,” marked their 35th anniversary with a reunion and lamb chop barbecue on Sept. 23 in Toney River, Pictou County, N.S. NorthumberLamb began as a marketing agency for Nova Scotia lamb in 1982, when the co-op’s original seven members held their first meeting and elected their directors.

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Young MacDonald has a farm and will soon have a wife

by Emily Leeson

It’s been a busy year for Alex MacDonald of Campbellton, P.E.I., and it doesn’t look like life is going to slow down anytime soon. MacDonald, who is set to walk down the aisle with his fiancée Julia McInnis on Oct. 14, has been busy setting up P.E.I.’s newest dairy farm, Milky Way Farms. On Sept. 1, MacDonald welcomed 40 cows into the barn he’d spent the spring and summer renovating and preparing for their arrival. 

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