With a provincial election campaign just around the corner, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture continues its advocacy campaign that focuses on the province's rural economy.
Now, Huron County is endorsing the priorities set out in the OFA campaign, and has voted to send a letter outlining a set of priorities to each of the major political parties.
Warden Jim Ginn says it's important that all of rural Ontario speak with one voice, and that the voice be heard at Queen's Park and on the campaign trail this spring.
He says Huron County has priorities of its own on agriculture, agri-food and related rural industries and it's important that they reflect the OFA's position on the rural economy.
Ginn believes it's important to spread the word among the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats as soon as possible before the election is called.
He credits Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Lisa Thompson with doing an effective job in relaying local concerns to the province.
Ginn points out that while the province already recognizes agri-food as a vital industry in Ontario, the Federation of Agriculture wants to see such operations in rural locations instead of major cities.
In its campaign, the OFA sets out five priorities ranging from smart growth and sustainable farms, to affordable housing in rural communities.
The County has six priorities of its own, including distributed economic development and infrastructure investment.