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The weather outside was frightful, but the agriculture industry’s party was oh so delightful

By Emily Haws      

About 300 agriculture industry supporters turned up to the event—a high turn out given the weather and that the House and Senate weren't sitting.

Abacus Data's David Coletto and Yvonne Langen and CN's Louis-Alexandre Lanthier pictured at the Agriculture Day reception Feb. 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

While the rest of Ottawa was hunkering down for a massive blizzard expected to dump 40 cm of snow on the nation’s capital, agriculture industry supporters were treated to a night of great food and networking at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building.

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