Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli says we don’t think of it often, but agriculture in Northern Ontario is pretty big. Fedeli made the comment to Moose News after attending the opening of the International Plowing Match in Walton. Fedeli says northern crops are a major contributor to the food supply. He says for example 50 percent of all the canola grown in Ontario comes from Northern Ontario and 20 percent of all oats in Ontario are from the north. Fedeli further adds that while on a tour of a cereal manufacturing plant, a company official told him the northern oats are used to “bulk up” the rest of the oats in order to strengthen the cereal. Fedeli says in recent years farming has seen a resurgence in the north. He points to the Amish from Pennsylvania. He says while driving along Highway 11 in the Chisholm area, Fedeli says they noticed the available farmland and seized an opportunity. He says they bought farms that had gone to seed, cleared the land and rejuvenated it. Fedeli says it’s the same along the Mattawa to Bonfield corridor where the Mennonites have bought old farms. The Walton International Plowing Match is expecting 100,000 visitors and in two years, West Nipissing hosts the same event.