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March 18, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: Save your seed money: CRA tips on filing farm taxes
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Chicken Farmers of Ontario approves new kosher chicken processing plant

For the first time since 2013, Ontario‚Äôs kosher consumers will have the opportunity to once again purchase fresh, locally grown, locally processed kosher chicken for their tables. Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) has approved the application of Premier Kosher Inc., to process kosher certified chicken. Premier Kosher Inc. is a unit of the Premier Group of Companies, an integrated poultry growing, transporting and food processing firm. The processing plant will be located in the town of Abingdon in the Niagara region of Ontario. >> Read full article

Preventive control plans for food processors available online

Safe Food Canada is collaborating with the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC), one of the most trusted organizations in food industry skills development and training, to develop an introductory online food safety course addressing Preventive Control Plans (PCP). The PCP course will be an interactive, online course which will inform food and beverage businesses of the Safe Food for Canadians Act, food safety hazards and preventive controls. >> Read full article

Vacant jobs in agriculture costs producers $1.5 billion

Annual farm cash receipt losses to Canadian producers due to job vacancies are $1.5 B or three per cent of the industry's total value in sales and production. This is a key finding of newly released Labour Market Information (LMI) research by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) during the 'Growing the AgriWorkforce Summit' in Winnipeg. The LMI research also revealed that primary agriculture still has the highest industry job vacancy rate at 7 per cent. The research was based on 2014 figures. >> Read full article

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Save your seed money: tips from the CRA on filing your farm taxes

Save your seed money: CRA tips on filing farm taxes

Canadian farmers of all types - from dairy to fruit to livestock - contribute to the healthy lives of Canadians. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made filing your taxes easy, so you can save your energy for the harvest.

The agriculture and agri-food industry is vital to the economy, and the CRA wants to make it easy for Canadian farmers to grow their business. Keep in mind that farming income does not include money earned from working as an employee on a farm or from trapping. Generally, farmers can deduct any reasonable current expense incurred to earn farming income, including interest on loans and losses, and the cost of fertilizer, feed, veterinary fees, and materials to pack and ship goods. Other expenses that may be eligible include machinery rental, electricity, insurance, and motor vehicle expenses. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Value of biogas conference and forum

March 23, 2016
Location: Woodbine Convention Centre, Toronto >> More Info

London Poultry Show

April 6-7, 2016
Location: Western Fair District, London, Ont. >> More Info

Western Poultry Disease Conference

April 25-27, 2016
Location: Vancouver Marriott Downtown Hotel, Vancouver, B.C. >> More Info