Canadian Federation Agriculture spearheads Haywest program

Details are coming together for this year’s version of the “Hay West” program, as farmers on the Prairies face a severe hay shortage due to drought.

The First Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Keith Currie, says his group has been working on the project for about five weeks now.

He says the hay is mostly coming from the Maritimes at this point, where farmers have a surplus.

However, some will also be on the way from Quebec and parts of Ontario that haven’t been hit by drought.

He says much of the hay will start to be shipped by rail and road next week.

Currie says the Federation of Agriculture has been working with local groups to identify the real hot spots of need, and they will be receiving the first shipments.

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