Edward Wolff 2017-09-27 02:24:58
From sea to sea, Canada is a diverse country. In geography. In culture. And in agriculture. Texas farmers and ranchers were able to see this firsthand on a whirlwind tour of our neighbors to the north. Not surprisingly, Canadian growers are much like their American counterparts. And the agricultural partnership between the two nations runs deep. The vast majority of crops and livestock raised in Canada will be shipped outside its borders. Their largest trading partner by far is the U.S. The Texans started their tour in Ottawa. The Canadian capital city is located in the providence of Ontario, right across the Ottawa River from Quebec. They had a chance to meet with Fred Gorrell, deputy minister with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as well as many representing Canada’s top crops like canola, beef, soybeans and wheat. After a tour of Parliament and a visit to the American Embassy, it was time to explore the countryside. Their first stop was Fortune Farms Maple Sugar Bush, a farm between Ottawa and Toronto, that produces a Canadian icon—maple syrup. Throughout the week, Texas farmers and ranchers were able to visit several farms across the country. A strawberry farm near Toronto. A cattle ranch in Alberta. And a tomato greenhouse near Vancouver. Over nine days, the Texas growers saw a cross-section of Canadian agriculture—not just at the farm, but agribusinesses, too. The Texas delegation learned about Canada’s animal ID system, saw a state-of-the-art grain elevator near Winnipeg and even saw cutting edge technology being used to improve animal health at GrowSafe Systems. They also took a tour of the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in North America. And so much more. After a week spent in the Great White North, Texas farmers brought a lot back to the Lone Star State. A reminder of the importance of trade. A camaraderie that comes from working the land that no national border can separate. And pride in growing food, fiber and fuel in the U.S.
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