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Government Assists Hay Donating Initiative

06 November 2012

CANADA - The government's of Canada and Ontario are helping transport hay from Western Canada to Ontario farmers in need.

Following record-low rainfall this summer in Eastern Canada, HayEast 2012, an industry-led initiative, was created by farm organisations across Canada to help send hay to farmers in Ontario and Quebec.

HayEast is modeled on the HayWest programme that saw thousands of Eastern Canadian farmers send hay to Western Canada in 2002.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario will continue to monitor the situation. Donations of hay or financial support may be made online at

A strong agriculture industry is part of the governments' plans to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.

Quick Facts

  • Governments will provide, on a cost-shared basis, up to $500,000 for transportation costs to help move donated hay to Ontario farms through HayEast.
  • Governments will also match, on a cost-shared basis, monetary donations made to HayEast up to $2.5 million.
  • Ontario livestock farmers have requested over 60,000 bales of hay through the HayEast initiative.
  • Ontario farmers in need of hay must apply to the HayEast2012 programme for consideration.

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