Saturday, February 19, 2005

Government should protect agriculture- less taxes,less paperwork - Brantford Expositor

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor: "Larry Davis, Brant?s representative, said the provincial organization is planning the rally because farming is becoming less and less viable while the Ontario government is legislating farmers to death.

?If farming is viable, farmers protect the air, water, soil and green space because they can afford to do it,? Davis said. ?It doesn?t happen any more because farms are being trashed by a lack of income.?

Davis said provincial environmental legislation has cost farmers money they don?t have, as well as cost them time filling out paperwork.

?They ask us for more and give us nothing back,? Davis said. ?We need to get the message out that we can?t continue things on the road they?re heading.?

Provincial politicians should be listening to the message OFA president Ron Bonnett has been attempting to send ? that Ontario farming is in serious trouble.

?When he speaks, he carries 40,000 voices behind him and the government should realize this is serious,? Davis said. ?It shouldn?t take the force of a rally.?

Those who wish to make the trip on a federation bus or want more information about the rally should call Hill at 445-2953 by Feb. 25. The federation is asking for a $10 donation to cover busing expenses. "

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