John Miner, The London Free Press

John has worked as a journalist for more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, covering everything from agriculture to city hall in a career that started in the mid-1970s. He joined the Free Press in 1987 as a business reporter and was business editor for much of the 1990s. Email jminer@postmedia.com or twitter @JohnatLFPress

Stories

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Farm labour shortage bleak

With a growing gap between the number of people willing to work on the farm and the need for workers, Canada’s reliance on foreign workers is set to soar, a national think-tank predicts.

Ag minister comes to aid of vegetable growers

Ontario’s agriculture minister has slammed the brakes on a proposal that would have stripped London-region vegetable farmers of their ability to bargain collectively with food processors.

Geri Kamenz

Farm commission’s powers queried

He’s likened himself to a hit man, the guy who does the dirty work so the minister of agriculture and the rest of the Ontario cabinet can keep their hands clean.

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Fewer growers allegedly threaten industry

The head of the body that oversees Ontario’s 21 farm marketing boards is warning the province’s vegetable processing industry, based largely in the southwest, is heading for extinction unless changes are made to the marketing system.