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Federal HayEast funding expires, group hopes to keep shipping hay to Ontario

03/07/2013 04:20 EST | Updated 05/07/2013 05:12 EDT
REGINA - A program to deliver hay from the Prairies to drought-stricken parts of Ontario has run out of federal money but officials hope to continue with private donations.

The final figures are not in yet, but HayEast estimates the federal and Ontario governments together contributed about $1 million to help cover the cost of transporting hay to livestock producers.

Farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan were hoping to supply up to 50,000 bales of hay to central Canada.

A drought last summer devastated crops and pastures in parts of Ontario.

Mark Wales, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, says they are grateful for the help.

Some corporations and people across the country also donated cash to help support the volunteer-run program.