Reviving the Hay West program requires action now

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Opinion

In the early 2000s, Canadian farmers from the east helped out those in the west with hay supplies, after the drought of 2002 left very little for feed. Dubbed Hay West, the grassroots movement was revived 10 years later, when western Canadian farmers returned the favour for many farmers in Ontario’s Ottawa Valley with Hay East. Hay was moved by truck, was loaded on trains, and was distributed to those in need. Now, in 2021, the west is tinder-dry and there is already discussion of a 30 per cent cow herd reduction in some of the hardest hit areas, as…

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