Brant ginseng, tobacco farmer has died

Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:11 JW
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A long time southern Brant County ginseng and tobacco farmer has died.

George Rapai, who died last Thursday (Feb. 16), was a past president of the Ontario Ginseng Co-op and past director of the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers Marketing Board.

Rapai was the owner/operator of Hawksfield Farms Landscaping in Scotland.


Corn, wheat, oats up; soybeans down

Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:44 JW
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CBOT = Chicago Board of Trade. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and oats are traded on the CBOT. MGE = Minneapolis Board of Trade. Spring wheat is traded on the MGE)
March Corn futures closed at: $3.71 a bushel, up one and three quarter cents from Tuesday.
March Soy futures closed at: $10.22 ¾ a bushel, down three and a half cents.
March Wheat futures closed at: $4.41 ¼ a bushel, up five and a quarter cents from Tuesday at the Chicago board of trade.
March Minneapolis wheat futures closed at: $5.42 ¾ a bushel, up one and a half cents at the Minneapolis Board of Trade.
March Oats futures closed at: $2.53 per bushel, up a half cent from Tuesday.

OCFA not happy with tax burden shift

Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:40 JW
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The Oxford County Federation of Agriculture is not pleased with the notion that the farms sector should be picking up a bigger share of property taxes. According to the latest assessments by the Municipal Property Tax Assessment Corporation the share paid by agricultural lands will rise from 6% of the total taxation last year to 9 percent by 2020.  Those increases will offset reductions on the residential and multi residential sectors. The farm sector is asking for smaller adjustments which would mean they continue to pay 6 percent of the total tax burden. (Brian Donlevy)


Zorra resident wins Sustainability Award

Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:38 JW
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Oxford County

Concern about the long term sustainability of farm lands is one of the leading criteria for the awarding of the Oxford Sustainability Award, which was presented at County Council.  Mike Eckert of Zorra Township has been awarded the prize.  He has worked his land to preserve the woodlots and recover parts that had been used for sand and gravel extraction. In his acceptance speech Eckert made special note of the long term vision of Zorra Township Council who went against the County’s official plan 9 years ago to allow him to make the appropriate changes to his property.  (Brian Donlevy)


Thames Centre-Central Elgin striking deal

Thursday, 23 February 2017 06:42 JW
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Thames Centre has almost completed their mutual aid agreement with Central Elgin.  The agreements allow for the easy movement of emergency personnel between the two municipalities.  An example of mutual aid, pointed out by Mayor Jim Maudsley, is if a fire breaks out in the south end of Thames Centre and the location is actually closer to the fire hall in Belmont in Central Elgin, they will be the first department called out. (Brian Donlevy)

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