Hardeman visits Sarnia-Lambton

Minister surveys Ontario farms affected by extreme rains

From left, Kevin Marriott, Mayor of Enniskillen Township; Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Bob Bailey, MPP Sarnia-Lambton; Emery Huska, Director, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

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Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman was in Lambton County yesterday to survey the effects of this year’s wet weather in the region which has severely delayed crop planting for farmers across Ontario due to extreme amounts of rainfall.

“The severe rain and wet weather has had a big impact on Sarnia-Lambton’s farming community, with damage to homes and farm property,” said Sarnia Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. “I really appreciate Minister Hardeman’s visit to see its effects first-hand and discuss the ways our government is working to support our affected farmers with the help they need.”

“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.”

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