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Premier Wynne balances top office with OMAF portfolio By Darren Matte AgriNews Staff Writer HESTERVILLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; NEw ONTaRIO PREmIER KaTHLEEN wyNNE SPOKE FEb. 21 TELECONFERENCE



â&#x20AC;&#x153;The AgriFood industry is so crucial to a healthy economy of the province. To demonstrate my commitment and dedication, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll serve as Minister of Agriculture and Food for a year,â&#x20AC;??she said during the teleconference call. Wynne went on to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the province to be strong, we need to have a strong agriculture industry.

ated.â&#x20AC;&#x153; Wynne also noted that she felt splitting Rural Affairs off from OMAF?would be beneficial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is a great idea! There hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a real rural strategy for a while, now [MPP] Jeff Leal gets a chance to create one.â&#x20AC;? One of the first things Wynne spoke about was how she plans to help the situation in parts of the

province that were greatly affected by the drought this past summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am trying to meet with Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and raise the issue with him.â&#x20AC;? She also added that she wants to work on making access to information simpler so in an instance such as drought relief, farmers can get what they need easily. Another hot topic that

Wynne was asked about was her position on the elimination of the Slots-atRacetracks program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The horse racing industry must play a role in creating sustainability for itself as it moves on. There is transition funding and I am committed to working towards a sustainable industry.â&#x20AC;? At the top of her personal list of priorities, Wynne cited the reintroduction of local food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe work

was being done before the House rose towards promoting food grown in Ontario. I believe people in Ontario want to buy locally and we just need to strengthen it.â&#x20AC;? Finally, the last major area that the Premier spoke on was her view on research in the agriculture industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel it is important not only to the industry, but also the economy. It is the second largest indus-

try in the province and we need to grow and innovate it.â&#x20AC;? While she is still new to both positions, Wynne says that each day she is learning more and getting more up to speed. She will need to get up to speed quickly if she hopes to balance being Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food, while dealing with the added politicking of a minority government.


Kathleen Wynne during a leadeshiup debate in Avonmore earlier this year. I hope to bring perspective to speak not only as minister but also as premier.â&#x20AC;? When asked by The AgriNews about how she plans to handle both positions, Wynne pointed to previous premiers who held similar dual duties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will be very busy with both positions, but I am confident. It is not unprecedented and has been done in the past â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Thomas Laird Kennedy in 1948-49 and Grant Devine, in Saskatchewan (1985-89).â&#x20AC;? The premier emphasized her view of the industry as vital to the province. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My reason (for taking on the Minister of Agriculture and Food) is that I feel it is important to focus on agriculture in the province. While I was travelling around during the leadership race, I got the impression that people in the industry felt they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being listened to or appreci-

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U.S. yogurt manufacturer still not soured on Canadian plans By Martha Tanner AgriNews Contributor


lans by an american yogurt maker to build a Production facility that would have emPloyed hundreds here and Provided a market for ontario dairy farmers have been Put on indefinite hold after its temPorary imPort Permit exPired last month.

Chobani, Inc., formerly Agro-Farma, Inc., had conditionally purchased land in a new business park in Kingston and had even had the 30 hectares stripped of trees and a crushed stone drive installed in preparation for construction of the $75-million plant. In 2011 it began to sell its Chobani brand yogurt in the Toronto market on a test basis, having obtained supplemental import permits from the Ministry of International Trade. The first import permit allowed Chobani to bring in its yogurt for test marketing from November 2011to February 2012, and the second to import and sell yogurt until February 6, 2013, on the condition that it build a manufacturing plant in Ontario. The decision to grant the import permit was contested by Quebec-based yogurt makers Ultima Foods, maker of Iogo, Agropur, a cooperative of Quebec dairy producers and maker of Island Farms yogurt, and Danone, maker of Dannon Oikos. The three argued that the Chobani permits would “destroy their ability to compete, impede investment and […] cause job losses”. However, in July the court dismissed their applications. Among its findings was evidence “that Agro-Farma had been guaranteed access to an adequate supply of Ontario milk for the production of Chobani” and that “production of Chobani in Canada will result in higher incomes for dairy farmers” across Canada. On paper, it was a victory for Chobani. Work on the site of the new processing plant began in October. Late that same month, Kingston mayor Mark Gerretsen hinted to a Whig Standard reporter about a coming big jobs announcement. But as November wore on, work on the site ground to a halt. Chobani won’t say what exactly has put a stick in its spokes. In response to speculation in the media, a Chobani spokesperson confirmed by email that “sup-

ply management is not a factor in the decision to postpone Canadian production plans.” However, in an article in the National Post on January 9, 2013, dairy farmer Ian Cumming wrote that Chobani had emailed him “on the record” that one of the hurdles facing it was “acquiring an adequate long-term milk supply”. According to Chobani, Cumming wrote, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario had “committed milk supply for the first year of production” only. In November 2011, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) introduced a new Milk Allocation Policy which states that “any new entrants into yogurt processing will be limited by the volume available to them under the Artisan Dairy Program”, which limits applicants to a maximum of 300,000 litres of milk annually for three years. First, however, new entrants must apply to the Canadian Dairy Commission to obtain milk under the Domestic Dairy Product Innovation Program. If their application is denied, then they can apply to the DFO to purchase milk from the Artisan Dairy Program. Nicki Briggs, Director of Communications for Chobani, told The AgriNews in an email: “Chobani remains committed to the Canadian market and giving consumers the choice they deserve in the yogurt aisle. However, as the company continues to work through details and logistics associated with a national launch and production in Canada, we are unable to confirm exact future plans at this time. “ But Chobani isn’t wasting any time crying over Canadian milk. In just five years, since buying a former Kraft plant in South Edmeston, New York, it has become the top-selling maker of Greek-style yogurt in the U.S. In December, it opened a $450-million plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. A month later it opened a $30-million plant in Australia. Kingston officials are not giving up on the yogurt maker yet. Jeff Garrah, Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation confirmed that the corporation is still in contact with Chobani, adding “There will be more news in the weeks to come. That is about all we can say.”

Chobani, Inc., operating in Canada as Agro-Farma Canada Inc., conditionally purchased and cleared land in a new business park in Kingston, but activity on the site has come to a halt after the company’s temporary permit to import yogurt into Canada expired last month Tanner photo.

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Editorial AWhat tipa contrast of the Green Stetson between the short shrift given to agriculture by new Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn and the agriculture minister who set the standard, who formed and broke the mold, who proudly wore the green Stetson probably even to bed. Now, no one is saying that Wynne should don the Stetson, Eugene Whelan-style… the hat would not make the woman. But she should at least turn the agricultural file over to somebody with time enough to give it a fair shake. Believing she was doing Ontario agriculture a big favour, Wynne took on the portfolio herself, somehow believing she could squeeze it in around her duties as premier trying to save the Dalton McGuinty holdover government. With unimpressed Opposition parties banging at her door, that job alone is more than a full time challenge, leaving virtually no time to deliberate farming issues. In contrast, her colourful fellow Liberal Whelan, who passed away at age 88 on Feb. 26, was all about supporting and promoting national agriculture. During his stint in the portfolio, that’s all he did; he lived farming, breathed it and even looked the part. At one point – and he didn’t mind admitting it – he was Canada’s most recognizable Cabinet minister, using that notoriety to promote farming and Canada in general. From a farm background, the was a folksy man of the people, ready to talk to anybody and attend any farm-related function if he could, including the 75th anniversary of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show a decade ago after he had retired from the Senate. He regaled the crowd at the Seed Growers Awards Banquet. Party lines and international boundaries blurred for Whelan. He had an ability to make friends with everyone he met, from lowly reporters and farm show managers, to the likes of Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev when he was that country’s agriculture minister. There’s even a photo of them in twin Stetsons… not likely Gorby’s idea. In 1983, Gorbachev visited Whelan at the home place in Amherstburg, accompanied by then Soviet ambassador Aleksandr Yakovlev. Legend has it that a discussion held among the three men in Whelan’s backyard set Russia on a course towards democracy. Sadly for Eugene, his easy touch with regular folks and visiting dignitaries didn’t transfer to the kingmakers of his own party. When he ran for the Liberal leadership in 1984, he finished last in a field of seven candidates. There will only ever be one Eugene Whelan… but it’s someone like him, a down-home populist with a little mud or something similar on his – or her boots – that Ontario needs in the agriculture portfolio. Not an uptown girl with no time on her hands… much less anything questionable on her designer shoes.

Older farmers at risk Should older farmers be required to undergo capability testing before being permitted to operate machinery? With Canadian Agricultural Safety Week coming up March 10-16, it’s a timely question to ask. It came up at the recent Eastern Ontario Crop Conference in Kemptville during a session fronted by regional Workplace Safety and Prevention consultant Sheila James, who presented a safety update in which she underlined one of the most unfortunate statistics: The age group with the highest per capita fatality rate among farmers is 80 years and older. There were 130 deaths nation-wide in that group between 1990 and 2008, the most recent period available from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. The category doesn’t exist in any other industry, where workers have retired well before that age, James noted. An audience member pointed out that average Ontarians can’t be older than 80 and still drive a car without re-testing, much less operate heavy equipment. One of the main reasons older farmers keep on driving machinery is plain obstinacy, James remarked. “They want to keep doing what they always did and that’s drive the tractor… even if they need to be helped up into the seat. I have one of those at home,” she added, referring to her father Mack. James said 1,975 accidental agricultural deaths were recorded in this country between 1990 and 2008. Of the annual average 104 deaths on farms, 92 per cent involved males. Of all fatalities, 70 per cent were related to machinery and 46 per cent were due to three recurring causes: Machine rollovers, runovers and entanglements. Of the total, 47 per cent of those killed were owner operators, 14 per cent were their children, and 11 per cent were hired workers. Continued on page 5

AgriGab Hard to digest In a testament to the perseverance of your average farmer, a handful of Eastern Ontario producers is slowly but surely climbing back from an economic and psychological setback that would have permanently crippled the less resilient. The link between them is Powerbase Energy Systems, a manure digester and power plant installer based in Carleton Place until it went bankrupt two years ago. Going back as far as five years, these producers signed up with the company because of its Eastern Ontario location and its one-stop shop design, build and manage contracts. When Powerbase went under, the financially clobbered customers had a choice, says Brian Burnett of Marionville: “Kiss your investment goodbye or roll up your sleeves and get back to work.” Brian and Tracie Burnett – and the others – chose option two. It took some time, research, and shopping for components, but the Burnetts pulled their digestion system together and have been transmitting 500 kw/hr to the provincial grid since late last summer… not to mention syphoning off all the heat required for their home, barn and other buildings. Some $2.3 million later, the couple finally gained enough confidence in the troubled power plant to add this line to their new business cards: “Carleton Corner Farms Ltd. - Producers of milk, grain and energy.” Another farmer caught in the Powerbase collapse was Doug Cleary of Spencerville who scrapped $1 million worth of the company’s components and started fresh with Dairy Lane Systems. He managed to hang on to a $400,000 provincial startup grant available to such projects at the time. Almost six years after he launched his project, German technicians are headed to Cleary’s dairy farm in the third week of March to hook him to the grid. His total investment is $3 million, but he holds no grudges. Like the Burnetts, Cleary is satisfied he has a digester plant that’s worth what he paid for it. It took longer and there were more hassles than anticipated along the way… but at least he got to the goal. Meanwhile, other farmers caught in the Powerbase failure are at different stages of wiring their systems onto the grid. In some cases, they were so far along with Powerbase they – like Cleary - had to start almost from square one with new suppliers and a new system. Selecting Powerbase wasn’t a difficult choice, Brian Burnett recalls while chatting in his energy production office separate from the dairy office. Not only was Powerbase the only digester installer based in Eastern Ontario, it had secured contracts with other farm operations in the region the Burnetts knew and respected. They liked that Powerbase would handle the

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by Tom VanDusen whole project, including management, once it was up and running. But things started going off track, particularly with the powerful European motor running the system. They heard from others signed with the company that the engines kept breaking down, that the problem was chronic despite repeated repairs. The Burnetts were experiencing similar breakdowns. Becoming increasingly nervous, they finally pulled the plug, refusing to give Powerbase any more money despite its claims the breakdowns were only a temporary setback. Only weeks later, the company declared bankruptcy. As part of ongoing legal action against Powerbase, one of its creditors still has a lien on the Burnett farm. Cleary is now lien-free. When the project took a dive, the Burnetts experienced a sinking here-we-go-again feeling. They had only recently recovered from a fire that undermined two silos, causing about $1 million in damage to the operation. Interviewed at the time, Brian revealed he’s the type who always tries to see the glass half full. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” he said in assessing the fire. “No animals or people were hurt and damage was limited.” Backed by Tracie, he demonstrated the same attitude in recovering from the collapse of the digester project. Once again, he says they were lucky in that they hadn’t dug in too deep with Powerbase. As it turned out, most of their $1.3 million initial investment – including the $400,000 provincial FIT program grant – could be salvaged. Acting as his own contractor, Brian shopped for components from a variety of sources, with PlanET Biogas Solutions installing a second digestion tank linked to the one put in by Powerbase. In Cleary’s case, the Powerbase tank sits idle after Dairy Lane determined the technology wasn’t compatible. He says all that he’s using from the bankrupt installer is a cabinet to hold electronics… that have all been changed. Getting their system to this stage has cost the Burnetts another $1 million which they feel was worth it. They estimate the value of their digester and power plant now at $3 million. “Had I been told before this all started it would cost me $3 million to get what we now have in place and running, I would have gone ahead with it anyway,” Brian says. Cleary agrees. “I acted in good faith and I believe Powerbase acted in good faith. Sometimes, things just don’t turn out the way you first expect.”

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Producer information sessions Older farmers at risk in preparation for veal vote


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responsibilities within the cattle sector. The OVA Board of Directors, staff and representatives from the OFPMC will be on hand to answer any questions. “I encourage dairy and veal producers to attend one of the regional information meetings that are being held leading up to the voting period. It is important that producers be well informed about the proposal and what it means to their individual farms”, stated OVA President Judy Dirksen. “This is not a proposal for a new organization but rather the next steps for OVA in our evolution as an organization,” she added. Additional meetings are planned: March 4, Woodstock OMAFRA Office; March 5, Elmwood Community Centre; as well as a conference call on March 13, accessible by registering with the OVA office. All events are scheduled 1-3 p.m. The OFPMC will conduct the actual vote, with voting packages being mailed to dairy and veal producers early this month.  See or contact the OVA office at 519-824-2942 for more information.

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The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (OFPMC) will be conducting a “producer expression of opinion” vote, planned for March 18-29, on the OVA’s proposal seeking marketing board status. The proposal will see the OVA collect its own check-off on veal calves, instead of the one currently collected by the Ontario Cattlemens’ Association (OCA).  The check-off will remain at $3 per head. Leading up to the voting period, the OVA began hosting a series of regional information meetings in February, so that dairy and veal producers can learn more about the proposal, the voting process and the next steps.  The proposal has garnered the support of OCA as well as the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) as it clarifies

continued from page 4 After 80 years and over, the two largest fatality-prone groups per 100,000 farm population were 50-59 years with 312 deaths, and 60-69 with 309 deaths. Older farmers, James explained, work 40 per cent more with machinery while at the same time experiencing decreased vision, hearing, reaction time and agility. They have higher frustration levels with multi-tasking and tend to operate older equipment with fewer safety features. But should they be pulled right off the tractors and combines and told for their own good to stay inside in front of the TV? James had a small group at her end-of-day talk and there was no consensus. The suggestion of older farmer testing was offset by the notion of more government inspectors meddling in farm business. As sure as farmers will continue to operate equipment well past prime, the issue will come up again.

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Presence of asbestos slows St. Albert reconstruction We have two plants, one in Repentigny and one in Sorel who work for us,” he said, adding that they also had a plant in Mirabel that was running as a cheese cutter plant, Interim GM Rejean Ouimet said.

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“There is a lot of steel,” said Rejean Ouimet, company spokesman and interim general manager. Ouimet said they called in Raymond Provost and Son from Crysler to help with the demolition and clean up as they have worked with special companies on demolition. “We are working real hard to clean up the place,” said Ouimet, “But we found out in the old plant, when they built it in 1949, they used asbestos. So we have special equipment and special people working on

this.” Further to that, there is still the matter of the $3million worth of cheese that had been saved due to a firewall built 10 years ago between the warehouse and the rest of the complex. The cheese, while saved from the fire and thanks to the recent cold weather kept chilled enough not to spoil, still sits there because it needs to be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before it can be released for sale. Ouimet said he was meeting with the insurance company on Feb. 21 and the issue was really complex with a $25-million loss. He cited the necessary equipment purchases as one stumbling block but was hoping to be sending out purchase orders within six to eight months. In the meantime, about half of the employees that woke that fateful day to the prospect of no job have been temporarily relocated

to other plants to continue making St. Albert cheese. “It’s not everybody that’s going to be on unemployment,” said Ouimet. “It’s great news, but it’s bad news for those people that have to work there and stay there. It’s hard on the family.” “We have two plants, one in Repentigny and one in Sorel who work for us,” he said, adding that they

also had a plant in Mirabel that was running as a cheese cutter plant. Ouimet said his employees were sent out to work in the other plants because they needed the extra manpower to take on the St. Albert operation. “We prefer to have our own cheese maker to make the same recipe we used to have,” he said. This makes a good tem-

porary measure, but the cleanup and rebuild of the cheese plant is high on the priority list. “We are sure we are going to rebuild as soon as possible,” said Ouimet. The recent water quality woes experienced by this small community do not pose a threat to the future of either the residents or the cheese factory. A pre-cautionary ban on water usage

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Future looks good for woodlot owners Lois Ann Baker AgriNews Staff Writer EMPTVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whILE ThErE arE sTILL Many ChaL-


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Tom Richardson, General Manager, Mazinaw-Lanark Forest, Inc. spoke to woodlot owners at the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference on Feb. 20 about the state of the industry, and he expects to see an improvement within the next year. Richardson said there were three pillars to woodlots, loggers, sawmills and fibre and when one falls, so do the others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you weaken one of those legs,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You weaken the others as well.â&#x20AC;? Loggers feed sawmills and fibre industry, and sawmills feed the fibre industry. The challenges that face loggers include the

economic squeeze they are experiencing, increased mechanization and lack of skilled labour. Of course there are also weather and timing restrictions, operational standards and loggers are the least expected to benefit from certification. Sawmills face problems with species and product ranges. They are also susceptible to market adjustments which are affected by lumber price volatility, customer focus and continuous change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residue markets are critical,â&#x20AC;? said Richardson. Fibre markets are facing a decrease in the paper market and the closure of two major fibre mills in recent years, including Domtar in Cornwall. They are also seeing an upswing in new products such as rayon, as a substitute for wood fibre products. On the good side, however, the fuel wood market is up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That market, more than others has stayed strong,â&#x20AC;? said Richardson, allowing

producers to raise prices on fuel wood. Richardson also noted that fibre mills drive the demand for certified wood and pointed out that if Eastern Ontario ever got a large bio-energy mill, it would certainly require certified wood. Some drivers in the industry include supply and demand of the United States market for wood and the rising Canadian dollar which is adversely affecting the prices for wood.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was not long ago that the Canadian dollar was worth 75 cents,â&#x20AC;? said Richardson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For every dollar worth or product sold on the marketplace, we got $1.30 back.â&#x20AC;? Fibre markets are also a major driver, as is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;China factor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk about a lumber super cycle,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;SPF is up 30 per cent in the last year.â&#x20AC;? That affects Canada because the lumber being used is not structural grade lumber.

The prognosis for SPF is that it will keep going higher, Richardson advised. Cost now for lumber run in the $4 to $10 range per cubic meter. Included in that cost is the initial assessment of the woodlot, the Forest Operations Prescription, tree marking, sale of timber and harvest inspections. Forest Management Plan and certification may be an added cost. Richardson advised that there are still challenges that have to be addressed. The fibre market was at the top of his list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fibre markets are clearly the highest faced problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. He also mentioned regulation creep as a challenge for the industry. Maintaining the â&#x20AC;&#x153;three legged beastâ&#x20AC;? was also a priority. Other challenges include mechanization, loss of economically available fibre and loss of land base. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all bad news, Richardson also said the industry had some good

Alternative for woodlot owners Lois Ann Baker AgriNews Staff Writer EMPTVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ThErE Is MorE To woodLoT ownErshIP Than jusT ownIng a woodLoT. VIsITors To ThE 2013 KEMPTVILLE wInTEr woodLoT ConfErEnCE hELd on fEb. 20 aT KEMPTVILLE CoLLEgE wErE gIVEn Two aLTErnaTIVEs for non-TIMbEr forEsT ProduCTs, organIC farMIng and ChrIsTMas TrEE CuLTIVaTIon. Steve Leroux of Green Barn Nursery told the audience of his experiences as an organic farmer and nursery owner. His stepfather Ken Taylor first started growing food organically in the late 1970s and has been an organic guru ever since. Continued on page 10


strengths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important strength we have in Eastern Ontario is the independent family run businesses,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and those family run businesses have all done something to survive.â&#x20AC;? Richardson added location as one of the strengths for Eastern Ontario woodlot owners as well as the diversity of species in the woodlots. He added that in Eastern Ontario, we had a strong commitment to sustainable forest management. As for the future of woodlots in Eastern Ontario, Richardson said he was an optimist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe things will improve,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lumber I believe will probably recover quicker than fibre.â&#x20AC;? Richardson said he expects to see a change for the better within six to eight months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But things can change quickly,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a very large increase in demand to have an increase in price and orders.â&#x20AC;?


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Five new members to join Glengarry Wall M

of the Maxville Masonic lodge, served for a number of years as chairman of the Official Board of the Maxville United Church, and was instrumental in the erection of the present building on Main Street in Maxville.

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GLEnGArry AGrICuLturAL wALL of fAME hErE frI., AprIL 26. The inductees, John Wilfred Kennedy, Leslie B. Murray, Dr. Harold (Harry) K. Abbey, Neil Fraser and Phyllis MacMaster, span the era from 1879 to the present and pioneered veterinary medicine, scientific farming, selective breeding and the AI industry. They also represent important strides for women in agriculture, particularly in the person of MacMaster, who was Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first female county agricultural representative and is still active as an employee of OMAF. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inductees will bring to 65 the enshrined since the Wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 1992, when 15 were inducted in the inaugural ceremony. Inductions were held every year until 2001 when the ceremony and dinner were switched to a biennial basis. The event will take place in the Metcalfe Centre on the Maxville fairgrounds. Tickets are $30 and are available from Wall board of directors in both north and south Glengarry. Directors are:North Glengarry - Robert MacDonald, 613-525-3471, Wendy MacPherson, 613525-9976, Jack Fraser, 613527-2572, Warren MacIntosh, 613-527-5355. South Glengarry: Ray Howes, 613-528-4320, Robert McDonell, 613-3473720, Clark McCuaig, 613347-2653, Carolyn McRae, 613-347-2698. The following are brief biographies of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five inductees.

John Wilfred Kennedy Wilfred Kennedy, fifth of eight children born to John Kennedy and Catherine McDougall, was born in 1879 in Apple Hill West, as it was then called, and resided on lots 9, 10 and 11, Concession 13, Indian Lands, on the north-

Leslie B. Murray

J. Wilfred Kennedy west corner of Highland Road and County Road #43. Wilfred graduated from Alexandria high school and Cornwall Model School, taught for a few years, then returned home to run the family farm for a few more years, before attending the agricultural college in Guelph. In 1907, Wilfred became a member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of Canada, under the Glengarry prefix, one of the earliest registered farms in Canada. In 1915, he married Helen Meehan, daughter of Joseph Meehan of Lindsay, Ont. They had two daughters, Sheila and Katherine, and six grandchildren. The family farm was very progressive for its time, with a new barn in 1919 for 36 dairy cows, its many work horses, two silos and ample hay storage. He also incorporated clay tile drainage in his fields in the early 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. He served as a member of Kenyon Township Council from 1913 to 1916, as deputy reeve in 1917-18, and reeve, in 1919. In October 1919, he was elected MP for Glengarry County in a by-election, in which he represented the United Farmers of Ontario. He was elected both in 1921 and 1923, and remained as sitting member until the general election of 1925. Following the sale of his farm in 1927 to Charles and Sada MacIntosh, he resided in Maxville. Later, he purchased the Willis Business College in Ottawa, and became its principal. Wilfred was past master

Leslie B. Murray was born in 1884, and farmed at Glen Falloch, near Martintown, under the Murraydale prefix. Never married, he lived with his sister, Clara, widowed sister-in-law, Esther, and

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Leslie B.Murray brother, George, who farmed with him. Les endeavoured to improve the quality of his Holstein herd and was especially interested in the characteristics of his herd sires, incorporating bloodlines from the Quebec herds of Mount Victoria and Raymondale. He stated that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the herd sire is half the herd.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; By 1937, in the middle of his farming career, most of his cows were purebred and were being tested on the ROP program. Some of his heifers were testing in the four per cent butterfat range. The Murraydale farm was sold in 1955 and Les and his surviving siblings moved to Martintown. Thomas Aiken, the new farm owner, later sold one of Lesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bulls, Murraydale Maplenix Laddie, to the Kemptville breeding unit. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Laddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was nominated as an All-Canadian Junior Yearling in 1957. In 1960, Les was awarded






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Searchable archive at Continued fromm page 8 After he passed away in 1962, his Master Breeder shield was presented as an award by the Glengarry Holstein Club. The L. B. Murray Memorial Trophy was presented annually to the cow with the highest composite BCA. The award was retired in 2008. Les participated in many activities in the community. He was president of the St. Lawrence Valley Holstein Breeders Club from 1937 to 1943. In seven consecutive elections, he was acclaimed to the Charlottenburgh Township Council, and subsequently served as deputyreeve and reeve. As a member of the United Counties Council, he was chairman of the reforestation committee, a movement which was sweeping through Ontario at the time. Les was also a member of St. Andrew`s Presbyterian Church in Martintown.

Dr. Harold K. Abbey Dr. Harry Abbey was born in British Columbia and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College

Dr.Harold K. Abbey in 1947. He met, and married, Jeanette Fraser from Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corners in 1947, as well. The newlyweds travelled to British Columbia, where Dr. Abbey worked for the government, following free-range cattle and testing them for TB. The following year, the Abbeys moved to Kingston, where Harry worked with large animals in an established business. In 1949, the couple moved to Lancaster, and Dr. Abbey opened a large and small animal practice, which he operated in the same location for the next 40 years.

The AgriNews March, 2013 Page 9 He introduced new concepts for large animal procedures, particularly in the reproductive field. He was the first person to recognize that soils in Eastern Ontario were deficient in selenium, and advocated that this mineral be added to all cattle rations. He stressed feed testing and proper ration balancing. He pioneered the use of magnesium in treating â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;downerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cows. In 1967-68, he worked for a federal food and drug lab in Hull, Quebec, testing new drugs. In 1969, he was commissioned by Agriculture Canada to improve the facilities and testing procedures at the federal quarantine station at Grosse Isle, Quebec. Dr. Abbey was a very active in community activities in Lancaster. He was reeve of Lancaster Village Council from 1951-1954. He was a member of the committee which initiated a new medical clinic, as well as the committee which started the Boy Scout and Cubs program. He was a member of the founding committee of the Lancaster Curling Club. He was also

a member of St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Church and the Knights of Columbus. Harry and Jeanette were the parents of four children: Frank, Sharon, Diane and Kevin. Dr. Abbey passed away in 1989.

Neil Fraser Neil Fraser was born on February 18, 1946, to William and Olive Fraser, and grew up on their farm, Kingsbrae Holsteins, at Dalkeith, where he developed a keen interest in all things Holstein. His enthusiasm led to him

Neil Fraser being solicited to assist with show herds at local fairs, and later he worked

with the renowned Kengor herd, at the regional level, in addition to shows in the Glengarry area. Neil married Sylvia McGowan in 1970, and the couple bought their own farm at Lot 34, Concession 9, Lochiel Township. They began milking under the Gleneil prefix in 1971 and, eventually, raised two sons, Stephen and Ian. Neil participated in herd improvement programs such as Classification, ROP, and genetic improvement. As a result of his dedication to improving the quality of his herd, he received a Master Breeder shield in 2005. His off-farm activities have included participation in the Glengarry Holstein Club, which elected him president in 1989. Neil also contributed his time to EBI, first as a director, and then president. He also served a term as director on the Semex Alliance Board. Gleneil has always been part of the local cattle show circuit, and continues to operate today under the guidance of Neilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Ian, who returned to the farm in 1998. Through the years,

Neil worked on the cattle committee of the Maxville Fair Board, and he has also served on the Board of Managers of St. Columba Presbyterian Church.

Phyllis MacMaster Phyllis MacMaster is the daughter of Donald E and Doris MacMaster, and

Phyllis MacMaster while growing up on her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; farm developed a keen interest in agriculture. She was an enthusiastic member of both the 4-H and Junior Farmer programs and proceeded to Continued on page 10






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Page 10 The AgriNews March, 2013 Agri-business directory at ered by Velema as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom government and private â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closer to Glengarry when & Popâ&#x20AC;? organization, the industry to help with the been able to help me all she accepted the position of Continued from page 7 tree farm now has 66 acres. management side of the these years. My sons also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was battling every Agricultural Representative Of the almost 100 acres, operation. While working but they have vacated to system he could,â&#x20AC;? said Continued from page 9 for Dundas County. That about 25 of them grow for Domtar, he was able to other parts of the country Leroux, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little bit white spruce trees, the rest take the woodlot manageand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get them to at the University of Guelph. same year, she became an crazy, but we managed to is mixed hardwood. ment program and after that come from Vancouver to She graduated in 1976 official judge for Holstein harness all the craziness The tree farm offers a got into the Ministry of trim christmas trees in with a degree in Consumer Canada, and is regarded as into a business idea.â&#x20AC;? cut your own tree option, a Natural Resources Woodlot July.â&#x20AC;? Leroux first got interest- pre-cut tree or selling on Studies and subsequently in one of the finest in Ontario. Improvement Act which Financial considerations ed in planting and selling 1979 with a degree in In 2003, Phyllis was consignment of white was how they got into should include a business his own almost out of Animal Science. hired in the newly-created spruce trees. They purplanting the white spruce plan, Velema advised. The necessity. He needed a chased a heritage building trees. plan is needed to prove to Phyllis was hired by Art position as Nutrient prom tuxedo. In 1986, and moved it to the farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original intention the government you have a Bennett, Director of Management Specialist, Leroux planted his first Inside the building guests was not to plant christmas plan and you need to be able Extension Services for the and in 2010, this position 3,000 apple trees. Out of are invited to enjoy the hos- trees for a christmas tree to show a reasonable expecthose 3,000, there are only Ontario Department of became Environmental pitality of the Velemas by farm, it just seemed to tation of profit. 50 left, mostly due to the Agriculture, in April, 1979 Specialist for OMAFRA in warming up in front of the develop over time,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long term project trees not being scab resiststoves and having a cup of explained Velema. as the Agricultural Kemptville. Phyllis served and you should not expect ant. cocoa. The farm also offers They were able to take Representative for York on the committee which any revenues for at least 10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genetics are the most wagon rides. advantage of other tree pro- years,â&#x20AC;? he said. He also County, the first woman to initiated the Hays Classic important thing,â&#x20AC;? said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a highlight of grams such as Project Tree advised getting a GST numfulfill this role in Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-H show in Toronto, as Leroux, adding they now the operation since,â&#x20AC;? said Cover, which is no longer ber and keeping track of all focus on varieties that are history. In 1984, she well as on the committee Velema, speaking of the offered. They also used expenses. naturally disease resistant. became Agricultural which launched the Interheritage building. family and friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help to In closing, Velema In the beginning, they Velema said competition plant trees on their own. Representative for Halton County 4-H Judging advised not planting too started out with growing was not too bad, as there Velema said he learned County. Competition. many trees at once because vegetables, but soon disare not a lot of christmas how to prune the trees with Phyllis has been highly Besides her present they will all mature at the covered the money was in tree lots in the area, but the help of George Fowler, fruit. same time, not to plant them regarded by the farmers she employment with lately he has noticed bala tree farmer from Iroquois. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fruit is where peosam fir trees being shipped â&#x20AC;&#x153;We began hand pruning too close to each other, prun- represented and has demon- OMAFRA, Phyllis is active ple came to us instead of ing should not be started strated her love for prize in provincial and community in from the Barrie area. in 1994 and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve pruned other places,â&#x20AC;? said Leroux, until year six, and he regretâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years our sales every tree every year animals by becoming a part activities. Phyllis is a trustee â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could get peppers, have progressed,â&#x20AC;? said since,â&#x20AC;? said Velema. He did ted not planting a variety of owner of some. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Helens of the Ontario Dairy Youth onions and tomatoes anyVelema, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are up to 900 admit that one mistake they species of tree. Astronaut Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Trust Fund. She is a member where.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In hindsight, we should trees per season and we made was to leave a trees Leroux said they spent a went from $25 a tree to $45 alone, un-pruned, but the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Montieth Miss Kansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are of St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presbyterian have bought more land,â&#x20AC;? he lot of time in seeds and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we should have young cows she owned Church in Winchester, is cura tree last year.â&#x20AC;? trees quickly got too big to research and development an exit strategy, because Velema said they took prune. with Jeff Nurse, of rently the church treasurer, before opening the nursery. time travels on for the trees, advantage of a lot of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get good Montieth Holsteins. and sits as an elder on their The farm market is now and also for the owners.â&#x20AC;? programs offered by the cheap labour,â&#x20AC;? he said, In 1991, Phyllis moved Session. closed, but the nursery lives on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the laziest farmers in the world,â&#x20AC;? joked Leroux, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine for us.â&#x20AC;? 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Sprayers and Gauges and Nozzles (oh my) Dr. Jason S.T. Deveau Application Technology Specialist/OMAF


id you know that your sprayer can lie to you? Even when you think you've done everything right, faulty pressure gauges and nozzles can result in run-off, drift and the need for more frequent applications to compensate for reduced protection. Nothing beats a solid routine of cleaning, calibrating and adjusting your sprayer to achieve the best results, but in a pinch, there are two things you can do to make a big difference. Note: It is important that all necessary protective safety clothing is used for calibrating, maintaining, adjusting and cleaning spray equipment.

Replace the Pressure Gauge(s)

Replacing old or suspect pressure gauges considerably improves spray quality. In a recent Ohio survey of airblast sprayers, some were out by more than ~140 kilopascals (20 pounds per square inch). When you consider that airblast sprayers can operate anywhere from 40 to maybe 120 psi, that means some of those sprayers were out by as much as 50%! Here's how you can prevent this from happening to you: Check your pressure gauge by connecting a new oilfilled gauge in parallel to compare readings. If they are appreciably different, swap to the new gauge and discard the old one. Now check the lines and boom pressure by temporarily installing reliable pressure gauges behind the last nozzle on each end of the boom. This works for airblast as well as boom sprayers. If the readings are appreciably different, release the in-line pressure and check for blockage throughout the lines. Clean and flush the lines, replace any suspect parts and check the pressure again to confirm all pressure gauges correspond. Gauges are available as either liquid-filled or dry. A liquid-filled gauge is best because it dampens pressure pulsations and vibration resulting in a steadier reading, but it is slower to respond to changes in pressure. The maximum pressure indicated on the gauge should be approximately twice the intended operating pressure to enable accurate reading of the pressure. A new gauge costs less than $20.00.

Replace the Nozzles

Often neglected, monitoring nozzle performance pays off because tip damage has a direct impact on product effectiveness and cost. This would arise from plugged nozzles limiting the volume being sprayed, or gaps in the spray pattern creating unsprayed areas, or even over-spraying from worn nozzles. Don't rely on your tank being empty to tell you if your nozzles are worn - one plugged nozzle cancels out a worn one. You have to check them individually. Inevitably, all nozzles wear out, even ceramics. Nozzle performance should be tested before and mid-way through the season at minimum. Testing is simple, and depending on the size of the boom, does not take long: Temporarily install a pressure gauge on the boom behind the nozzle being tested. If the pressure at the nozzle is different from the intended operating pressure, adjust the regulator to compensate and accurately set nozzle pressure. Use a length of hose to direct nozzle output into a graduated container and measure the discharge of clean water over a one minute interval. Compare the rate to the manufacturer's rate <OR> com pare the flow rate from the used tip to the flow rate of a new tip of the same size and shape. Repeat the sequence on each nozzle.

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If a nozzle's flow rate is 5% more or less than the ideal rate, remove, clean and retest the nozzle. If the rate is still 5% more or less, replace the nozzle. If two or more nozzles have a flow rate 5% or more than the ideal rate, replace ALL the nozzles; not just the ones that appear damaged. We use 5% because it is just outside the nozzle manufacturer's margin of error, and because you can clearly see 5% when you test nozzle output. Some specialists recommend 10%, but would you rather lose 5% of your annual spray bill or 10%? You could follow all these steps… or you could consider buying the slightly cheaper stainless steel or polyacetal tips and habitually replacing them each year. The cost of renewing an entire set of nozzles is generally a fraction of the potential cost of time, product wastage and potential crop damage.

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speaker at a recent workshop stated: "Spend less time in your business and more time on your business". What does this mean to beef producers? The idea of spending more time developing or examining your business plan rather than working in the field or barn to ensure the day to day activities are operating efficiently may not seem too exciting! The Canadian Chamber of Commerce e-learning centre cited ten key reasons why small businesses fail, and the number one reason was: "Lack of an adequate, viable business plan." If developing and maintaining a business plan for your operation seems like a daunting task - remember that a business plan is a game plan or road map for a defined period of time. Why Plan? Planning is essential as it helps define goals, outlines roles and responsibilities, sets a benchmark to record and compare progress and provides essential documentation usually required by financial institutions and government assistance programs. First and foremost you need to develop a Strategic Vision or a statement of where your business is headed; a Business Mission or a statement of how you do business; and key objectives and goals - once these are established you are ready to tackle a business plan.

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your control, and even be totally out of your control such as the weather, world markets, etc. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help in addressing and dealing with the opportunities and threats that come your way. Much attention is given to conducting a SWOT analysis of your business in the Quest for New Farm Value™ Value Plus workshops (developed by the Canadian Farm Business Management Council and Gary Morton of Morton Horticultural Associates) being held this winter across Ontario. An exercise in the workshop includes participants: Listing three business STRENGTHS. Examples: Enjoy producing high quality beef; family members are engaged in the business; enjoy working with people and building customer loyalty. Listing three business WEAKNESSES. Examples: Little focus on financial records to understand what areas of the business are declining or growing; marketing efforts are too broad and not focused; no written business plan in place to direct the business in the short and long term. Listing three business OPPORTUNITIES. Examples: Growth in interest by consumer in local food, growing support for the farmer; proximity to growing urban markets. Listing three business THREATS. Examples: weather; world markets and economics; food recalls. Once you have conducted your SWOT analysis you are in an excellent position to develop a plan that examines how you will build on your strengths and opportunities, improve weaknesses and manage threats. The components of a successful business plan include a production plan, human resource plan, financial plan and a marketing plan. The marketing plan is often the most challenging to prepare as it involves trying to understand the consumer and the ever changing marketplace. A comprehensive marketing plan examines global and consumer trends; reviews the marketing mix of product, price, place and promotion; and provides details of how you will market your product or service over a certain period of time. For those new to marketing their product or service, marketing is often described in terms of the 4P's. The 4P's affect every marketing decision you make from production to the end user and include: • Product: Your product or service • Price: What you will charge for it • Place: The path your product will travel to get to the end user • Promotion: How will you let people know about it Once you have addressed the 4P's of marketing for your product it is important to continually evaluate if your marketing plan is gleaning the results you had hoped for. If not you will need to re-tool your plan going forward. For information and resources on business planning visit: The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, and Food (OMAF) - Business Management Unit website at: l or

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ast drying is a key to successful haymaking. “Make hay when the sun is shining” is a well founded expression. In this part of the world, good haymaking periods without rain are frequently very narrow. We often • Continued on Page 14

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Turn up your game to improve hay inventories Catherine Thompson AgriNews Contributor PENCERVILLE “ThE CuPboaRd IS baRE,” oMaFRa FoRagE SPECIaLIST JoEL bagg ToLd dISTRICT 10 ShEEP PRoduCERS’ aNNuaL EVENT hERE oN FEb. 16. “We really need to turn up our game to make sure we have a plan together so that we have enough forage for 2014. Inventories are extremely low out there.” “We didn’t have much rain in April [last year]. That probably cost us a lot more forage than the dry summer that reduced second cuts and third cuts. But the dry spring reduced our first cut and that was fairly significant,” Bagg said. Another factor leading to scarcity of forage is the loss of about half a million acres of hay fields to corn and soybeans. And the costs of production have gone up as well. Hay is available, but not perhaps at the price one would like to pay, he said. Bagg outlined a scenario in which it costs about seven and a half cents to produce a pound of hay, before any profit is made. Gone are the old days when hay might cost a cent a pound to produce or $25 a round bale. “When land is cheap and fertilizer is cheap, we just go and rent more land. In some areas of the province where land is cheap, we don’t put much manage-


ment into it and you take what you get,” he added. But now that land is worth “big bucks, yield is really important.” To help farmers increase their inventory for next year, Bagg outlined the following management tips that would also assist with their bottom line. Since forage production can remove about 14 lb. of phosphate per ton and 15 lb. of potash from the soil, unless replenished, these losses can seriously affect yield. Bagg recommends a soil test to show what is needed, about a minimum of 12 ppm on sodium bicarbonate phosphate, but not much more and 120 ppm of potash. Historically, periods of ideal haying weather of three days without rain are scarce. Although some recommend afternoon cutting to capture higher sugar content, Ontario producers don’t really have the luxury of waiting until the afternoon. “The recipe for high quality hay is to be ready. The time to cut for optimum storage is when you figured out you can get it without gettingrained on,” Bagg added. Since yield is so important, there’s a need to use technology and management to remove moisture from hay before it’s baled. A wide swath width is important to allow hay to

e didn’t have much rain in April [last year]. That probably cost us a lot more forage than the dry summer that reduced second cuts and third cuts.


dry quickly and mowers can be adjusted accordingly. Even though tedding means another trip around the field, tedders shorten the drying period and are making a big comeback, Windrow invertors can help to minimize leaf loss and dry the bottom of the swath. Strike a balance between raking too much, causing leaf loss or not raking and

risk hay being rained on or baling when hay is too wet, Bagg recommended. New rotary rigs can cause leaf loss, but dry faster than old technology. Avoid soil contamination or putting soil in the swath when raking. It’s better to use large square bales, because they fit easily on a wagon and can go anywhere for export. Round bales can limit potential customer base to

neighbours or to someone within a tractor ride of the farm. Preservatives such as proprionic acid can be applied to prevent mould on hay. Most big square balers have automatic applicators where information from a moisture sensor goes to a computer in the tractor cab that determines the rate of application of the proprionic acid, he said. Or use a hand held moisture tester and retrofit an existing baler with a small tank, nozzle and pump, he said. Storage methods could be improved. The sight of large bales sitting out

uncovered in a field is all too common. Even inside, hay will spoil on the bottom of bales unless it is off the ground. Professional hay producers will put a layer of straw on the ground or pallets to allow air circulation, because hay continues to respire after it’s baled, Bagg said. At the time of baling, the large square bales can be at 15 to 16 per cent moisture, but 12 to 13 per cent is safer for fall storage. “When you’re talking $100 bales or even $70 bales, we can’t afford these losses. They need to be in storage or at a minimum off the ground on a skid, covered with a tarp,” he said.

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Free internet farm classifieds at ly the case with higher density bales, such as large squares, that need to be drier at baling to avoid mould growth. While there are certainly no guarantees in haymaking, the maintenance and adjustment of conditioners, windrow management and strategic raking can improve the odds of avoiding hay with rain-damage or mould. For more information: Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300, local: (519) 826-4047 or by e-mail:

Adjust The Mower-Conditioner The goal of conditioner maintenance and adjustment is to have adequate conditioning and optimize drying, while minimizing shattering and leaf loss. Conditioning speeds drying time and synchronizes the drying of stems and leaves. Under-conditioning increases the risk of rain damage, while over-conditioning increases cutting, raking and baling losses. Unfortunately, many conditioners never get checked or adjusted again after they are purchased and brought home. Adjust mower-conditioners according to the owner’s manual. On roll conditioners, the adjustments include roll clearance and roll pressure. Adjustments on impeller conditioners, designed for grasses rather than alfalfa, include impeller speed and clearance between the impeller and hood. Roll clearance should be slightly smaller than the alfalfa stems, which usually means setting the clearance at 1.6 2.4 mm (1/16 - 3/32 inch). Too big a gap results in underconditioning. Rolls that touch wear prematurely and cause excessive leaf loss. Heavier crops, such as first-cut, require more roll pressure (spring tension). Too much pressure can cause excessive leaf loss. Alfalfa stems should be crimped or broken every 3 - 4 inches to allow moisture to escape. At least 90% of the stems should be cracked or crimped, with less than 5% of legume leaves bruised or blackened.

Make A Wide Windrow Swath width is an easy adjustment that has a big impact on drying time. Lay the crop as wide as practical. Do not cut hay into a tight windrow. A wider swath will dry faster, because more drying area of the hay is exposed to sun and wind. Solar radiation cannot penetrate very deep into the swath. University of Wisconsin research indicates that a 12 foot haybine laid into a 9 foot swath will reduce drying time by 35% versus a 6 foot swath. Wind speed and humidity are the most influential weather factors affecting drying time. A higher cutting height (3-4 inches) comes at the compromise of some yield loss, but allows air to move underneath the swath and speeds drying. If the ground is wet and in contact with the windrow, the hay will absorb moisture.

Cut Early Or Late In The Day? Cutting hay in the morning, after the dew is off, maximizes daylight hours for drying and minimizes respiration losses. Research that suggests delaying cutting until late in the day to maximize sugar content, is based on the dry environment of the American west, and does not typically apply to the high humidity conditions of the Great Lakes area.

Rake Strategically Raking is done to narrow the swath for the baler, and also to move the wetter material at the bottom of the windrow to the outside. Every time you rake hay there is some leaf loss, so rake strategically. The drier the hay is at raking, the greater the leaf loss. If possible, raking alfalfa at moistures between 30 - 40% is often a good compromise between low leaf loss and good drying. Leaf loss can be extremely high if raking at 20% moisture. Hay that is almost dry is less likely to shatter when raked in the early morning when the dew is still on. Some rake designs are more aggressive and do a better job of fluffing, but are also more prone to leaf loss, particularly at lower moistures. Uniform, consistent raking without bunching is required to avoid wet bales. If a partially dried hay field does receive a heavy rain, tedders or rotary rakes can break up a windrow that has clumped and matted into the stubble. Moving a windrow onto a drier surface, or fluffing onto stubble can speed drying. Tedders are better suited to grasses than alfalfa. Avoid using a tedder on alfalfa at moistures less than 50%. Avoid driving with tractor tires on the swath and causing leaf loss.

Propionic Acid Inevitably, there will be situations when the storm clouds are moving in, but the hay isn’t quite ready to bale. Rain on almost-dry raked hay is much more damaging than rain on hay that has just been cut. In situations where getting that last increment of drying is difficult, consider using a buffered propionic acid product. The use of propionic acid over a wide range of moistures to avoid mouldy dry hay is well researched and effective. This is particular-

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25 per cent of the residential baseline, and many counties have opted for this maximum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which also sets the mark for their affiliated townships. But several others in the province have chosen a lower ratio. Within Eastern Ontario, Ottawa and North Bay respectively tax farms at 15 and 20 per cent of the residential rate, according to OFA policy advisor Jason Bent, who suggested other jurisdictions had the ability to follow suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are facing a tax burden shift onto the farm class unless the ratio is dropped,â&#x20AC;? said Bent, addressing the Dundas Federation of Agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 13 annual general meeting held in North Dundas Township. Using figures from North Dundas as an example, Bent charted how farmers in the

township accounted for 8.3 per cent of all property taxes collected last year. But this year, he calculated, agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share of the North Dundas levy will grow to nearly 8.7 per cent because of the assessment change. And as MPAC phases the update forward through 2016, he predicted agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share will hit 9.5 per cent of taxes collected in year four â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â effectively growing farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; slice of the pie by about 14 per cent over the period. To offset the shift, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry would have to reduce the farm-tax ratio to 24 per cent of residential this year, 23.2 per cent in 2014, 22.4 per cent in 2015 and 21.7 per cent in 2016, Bent reported. However, he pointed out municipalities will be tempted to simply keep the extra

revenue from the farm class, in effect using the money to lessen the blow on residential taxpayers in their annual budgets. North Dundas itself has already budgeted to collect this year about one per cent more in taxes, which wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause an increase to the average residential property as the farm class effectively picks up the slack. Steven Byvelds, mayor of neighbouring South Dundas and a member of the SD&G Council, had no appetite for countering the shift â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite being a cash cropper himself. In a follow-up presentation of his own, Byvelds detailed $3.5-million in assessed farmland that he owns, then pointed to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax bill of approximately $10,000. Continued on page 30

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last 24 months or so, the media attacks on supply management have significantly increased,â&#x20AC;? Graham Lloyd, DFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general counsel and director of communications, told an audience of 100 dairy farmers gathered for the annual Kemptville edition of Dairy Days, Feb. 14. Lloyd, originally from Montreal, singled out for specific scorn a Jan. 9 National Post story about New York yogurt-maker Chobaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned Kingston-area plant, an article that fingered supply management for lack of a construction start. Lloyd took umbrage at the articleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertion that a Nov. 27 meeting among DFO, Ontario Dairy Commission and other officials somehow â&#x20AC;&#x153;failedâ&#x20AC;? to find a milk supply for this prospective entrant to the domestic marketplace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had absolutely nothing to do with Chobani,â&#x20AC;? insisted the lawyer, who attended the meeting in question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the person who wrote the story wanted to make it more an

anti-supply management article and positioned it â&#x20AC;Ś as the people leading the industry had failed miserably,â&#x20AC;? he said dismissively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got enough milk for them [Chobani], and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an agreement to give them milk,â&#x20AC;? added Lloyd, who joined DFO in the summer of 2011 and took on responsibility for communications this past November. He admitted to feeling like a â&#x20AC;&#x153;kid in a candy storeâ&#x20AC;? when Better Farming subsequently reported being told by a Chobani official that milk supply and milk price were â&#x20AC;&#x153;not factorsâ&#x20AC;? in the holdup. The Jan. 22 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chobani absolves supply managementâ&#x20AC;? flashed up on the overhead projector, and Lloyd observed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;So now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little more challenging to write that Chobaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leaving because of supply management.â&#x20AC;? Smiling, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I had more time, I would read this to you, very slowly.â&#x20AC;? His comments formed part of a talk about DFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revamped communications strategy, which includes countering media â&#x20AC;&#x153;attacksâ&#x20AC;? against supply management through such means as prompt letters to the editor, op-eds and press releases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often, we can kill a story before it even starts,â&#x20AC;? he declared, noting that DFO employs a specialized media consulting firm that provides background information to





reporters who have begun exploring an issue. It all begins with sophisticated monitoring of the media, everyday, using the services of another firm, Infomart, to crawls print and broadcast media for certain keywords that pop up like â&#x20AC;&#x153;chocolate milkâ&#x20AC;? and Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Armed with the latest references on their daily radar, Lloyd spends the first part of each morining on the phone with a colleague at the Dairy Farmers of Canada and another consultant, discussing any items that may require a response. The option of remaining silent forms part of their calculation as well, he acknowledged. A case in point was a story last year about cheese smuggling across the Ontario-New York border in the Niagara region. While talking points were prepared soon after the story broke on a Monday morning, they made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategic decisionâ&#x20AC;? to not respondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; after observing relatively little pickup from other outlets and on Twitter. Responding would have given the story legs for a couple more days and subjected the DFO and supply management to further attack, he explained. He added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This should have been a story about corrupt police, inappropriate border controls. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how we would love to see the story.


information is disseminated to the general membership, members of the board, and the various county Dairy Producer Committees (DPCs). Think less paper, more digital correspondence, though paper will always remain an option for those wanting it. The DPCs will also benefit from a new DPC Liaison position, already filled, effective August of this year, to fill a communications gap that sometimes exists with the grassroots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Members of DPCs werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always sure who to turn to,â&#x20AC;? he said of the reasoning behind the new Liaison job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Similary DFO isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always connected to the DPCs to understand their concerns ...â&#x20AC;? Also in the works is a website for members to serve as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-stop shopâ&#x20AC;? to fully explain how all the agencies of supply management work

together to form the current system, from the Canadian Dairy Commission on down. Even folks in the industry donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have a grasp on the inner workings, he suggested. Other incremental improvements to the dashboard of the DFO membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website are similarly planned, and every producer will be provided a password by default, as many havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bothered to get one. Plans are also in the works to raise awareness about the Blue Cow logo that denotes 100 per cent Canadian milk on a productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s label. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe we do enough to explain what the Blue Cow means,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting his own informal poll at a party in Toronto found general ignorance on the topic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means you support grassroots economy, you support Canadian food,â&#x20AC;? he pointed out.



Because at the end of the day, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about police who were doing illegal smuggling and selling cheese out of the trunks of their cars,â&#x20AC;? he said. To complete the thought, Lloyd added sarcastically, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault. The media comes out, and supply management forces police to be corrupt.â&#x20AC;? He explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want fairness in reporting. Supply management will take attacks all day. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have critics, and we can handle critics, so long as the reporting is fair.â&#x20AC;? Lloyd, who belongs to the restructured senior management core at DFO, reports directly to General Manager Peter Gould, also serving as secretary to the board of directors. In his communications capacity, Lloyd is also overseeing an overhaul of the way





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More pasture options through corn grazing snow in their area, but "it really doesn't hurt. Even with one to two feet of snow, the sheep will still graze down through it. We push the corn down. When it's really frozen, we use a drill to push the whole length of the posts." In November, they don't supply water, because a Cornell University study has found that the forage supplies enough moisture. "When they're out in the snow, they can eat the fluffy snow and they're good to go." Also when there is no snow, there is a nearby stream the animals can water from. If coyote pressure is "heavy", a night corral can be used to shelter the animals, who go in and out at night. They are also protected by the dogs, who are in with them or run around outside. "We don't really have any losses with coyotes. They're around every day. We see the prints right up to where the dogs and the sheep are. The dogs work really well with the sheep," he said. Smith figures 150 bushels of corn per acre gives about a pound of corn grain every five square feet. These 100 ewes were given roughly three to four feet a day along a 300 foot line. He said the forage quality decreases somewhat at this time of year, but there's still enough. "When we move them every day, the sheep really aren't complaining. We know if we haven't moved them enough, they'll tell us in the morning when they're wanting to be fed," he said. "It's a little more work keeping them out like that. When the snow gets thick, I couldn't take any vehicles. It was a bit of exercise. It took me about half an hour in the morning to walk out there and move the fence. In the afternoon, about 15 minutes to go out and check everyone and feed the dogs," he admitted. As for cost, Smith estimated it costs about $.13 a day per animal to keep the sheep out on this corn, compared to $.40 to $.65 a day in the barn. "I think it's a pretty easy system, but it's good - 450 ewes is pretty good. Once you get to 2000 it may be a little harder to do a program like this. But for a smaller flock it works pretty well."

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Smith, his wife Eadie and their son David run a sheep operation in southern Ontario full-time that supplies their major income. They started with a flock of 40 ewes in 1983, and in 1989 obtained some purebred Rideau Arcotts from the Agricultural Research Centre, Ottawa. Since then, the Smiths have only brought in Rideau rams and can boast a pure flock of that breed. Smith said they now have 450 ewes they overwinter and each year try to produce about 1100 lambs. Ewes and lambs are housed as soon as the lambs are born and all lambs are raised in the barn. Through a benchmark program, they realized 45 per cent of their costs were feed and looked at a number of ways to reduce that expense. A video on Breezy Ridge Farm by provincial grazier specialist Jack Kyle illustrated how the Smiths expanded their pasture by allowing the sheep to graze in the corn. This is one way to diversify a grazing operation, add flexibility and lengthen the grazing season. It provides an opportunity to reseed a hay field or pasture and can provide excellent fall grazing right through December. Spectators learned the best time to start grazing is on green corn, when the leaves and stalks are most palatable and kernels are milky. The animals like to eat the cobs first, then leaves and then the stalk. Kyle said the corn can be planted conventionally or no till with a preplant burndown. Phosphorus and potassium can be applied as part of a soil test. If manure is available, this is a good time to bring it in. The Smiths' experience shows silage corn with a later maturity date is the best option or some grazing varieties are available on the market. They planted seed at about 40,000 seeds per acre, to achieve high plant

Phil Smith density and maximum forage growth. The Smiths use an electric fence with two wires to separate the grazing area and it works well if the sheep are trained to it. A row or two may have to be pushed down to bring in the fence, but sheep will graze on corn that's been knocked over. According to the video, a seasonal crop of corn can provide 2500-3000 new days of grazing, or one acre of corn could provide 25 days of grazing for 100 ewes or five days of grazing for 500 ewes. The corn should be strip grazed, giving the sheep one or two days supply at a time. Although it's desirable to "clean up the corn", body condition is one of Smith's objectives. Through corn grazing, the ewes' body condition had increased by one score over 60-75 days. Thus the animals aren't forced to eat all the stalks. After this interesting video, Smith said the corn the sheep graze on midAugust to the beginning of November. Then the sheep were divided in groups for breeding and some grazed on pasture with orchard grass and white clover while others continue on the corn. The third week of November, 350 all went back on the corn until mid-December, when 250 went to the barn for light treatment. About 100 ewes stayed on corn from Dec. 15 to Feb 6, and were bred outside. The first group of ewes will lamb in March and the second in May. Smith said that there isn't a lot of














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Turn up the game to improve hay inventory: forage specialist Catherine Thompson AgriNews Contributor PENCERVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x153;ThE CuPboaRd IS baRE,â&#x20AC;? oMaFRa FoRagE SPECIaLIST JoEL bagg ToLd dISTRICT 10 ShEEP PRoduCERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aNNuaL EVENT hERE oN FEb. 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really need to turn up our game to make sure we have a plan together so that we have enough forage for 2014. Inventories are extremely low out there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much rain in April. That probably cost us a lot more forage than the dry summer that reduced second cuts and third cuts. But the dry spring reduced our first cut and that was fairly significant,â&#x20AC;? Bagg said. Another factor leading to scarcity of forage is the loss of about half a million acres of hay fields to corn and soybeans. And the costs of production have gone up as well. Hay is available, but maybe not at the price one would like to pay, he said. Bagg outlined a scenario in which it costs about seven and a half cents to produce a pound of hay, before any profit is made. Gone are the old days when hay might cost a cent a pound to produce or $25 a round bale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When land is cheap and fertilizer is cheap, we just go and rent more land. In some areas of the province where land is cheap, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put much management into it and you take what you get,â&#x20AC;? he added. But now that land is worth â&#x20AC;&#x153;big bucks, yield is really important.â&#x20AC;? To help farmers increase their inventory for next year, Bagg outlined the fol-


lowing management tips that would also assist with their bottom line. Since forage production can remove about 14 lb. of phosphate per ton and 15 lb. of potash from the soil, unless replenished, these losses can seriously affect yield. Bagg recommends a soil test to show what is needed, about a minimum of 12 pm on sodium bicarbonate phosphate, but not much more and 120 ppm of potash. Historically,periods of ideal haying weather of three days without rain are scarce. Although some people suggest afternoon cutting to capture higher sugar content, Ontario producers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have the luxury of waiting until the afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The recipe for high quality hay is to be ready. The time to cut for optimum storage is when you figured out you can get it without getting rained on,â&#x20AC;? Bagg added. Since yield is so important, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a need to use technology and management to remove moisture from hay before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baled. A wide swath width is important to allow hay to dry quickly and mowers can be adjusted accordlngly. Even though tedding means another trip around the field, tedders shorten the drying period and are making a big comeback, Windrow invertors can help to minimize leaf loss and dry the bottom of the swath. Strike a balance between raking too much, causing leaf loss or not raking and risk hay being rained on or baling when hay is too wet. New rotary rigs can cause

leaf loss, but dry faster than old technology. Avoid soil contamination or putting soil in the swath when raking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to use large square bales, because they fit easily on a wagon and can go anywhere for export. Round bales can limit potential customer base to neighbours or to someone within a tractor ride of the farm. Preservatives such as proprionic acid can be applied to prevent mould on hay. Most big square balers have automatic applicators where information from a moisture sensor goes to a computer in the tractor cab that determines the rate of application of the proprionic acid. Or use a hand held moisture tester and retrofit an existing baler with a small tank, nozzle and pump. Storage methods could be improved. The sight of large bales sitting out uncovered in a field is all too common. Even inside, hay will spoil on the bottom of bales unless it is off the ground. Professional hay producers will put a layer of straw on the ground or pallets to allow air circulation, because hay continues to respire after itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baled. At the time of baling, the large square bales can be at 15 to 16 per cent moisture, but 12 to 13 per cent is safer for fall storage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking $100 bales or even $70 bales, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford these losses. They need to be in storage or at a minimum off the ground on a skid, covered with a tarp,â&#x20AC;? he said.


















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As producers of bull calves that become veal, 4,000 Ontario dairy farmers have a vote in the upcoming producer poll that will decide if the Ontario Veal Association becomes an independent marketing board. Since its founding in 1990, the Ontario Veal Association has operated under the Ontario Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, said Erin MacDuff, Ontario Veal policy manager, shown here promoting the March 18-29 vote at the annual Dairy Day conference in Kemptville, Feb. 14. One hundred and fifty veal farms are also eligible to take part in the vote to be overseen by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. Zandbergen photo.

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To Be Held at Marhill Farms Inc. Civic #3485 Cty. Rd. 20 (Corner of Hwy. 43 and Apple Hill Rd.)

Tractor, Machinery and Other Farm Related Items

Tractors::KLWHZG0)'LHVHOZLWKIURQWHQGORDGHUMachinery and Other Miscellaneous Items: 12ft. Schulte rock rake, N.H. 900 harvester ZLWKPHWDODOHUW1+31URZFRUQKHDG1+:KD\KHDG&ODDV 9DULDQW5&5QG%DOHUZLWKURWRFXW*HKOFHQWUHVZLQJGLVFELQH 'HXW]  VSHHG WHGGHU FDQ EH XVHG DV UDNH  'HXW] KHOLSHGH URWDU\ ZLQGURZHU'HXW]VPVTEDOHU5QGEDOHUDFNRQWRQQH+RUVWGRXEOH UHDFK ZDJRQ 'ROO\ VW\OH IHHGHU ZDJRQ (H]HRQ IW +\G IROG &VKDQN cultivator, Meyer 4622 forage box on Horst 865 8 wheeled wagon (has done less than 30 acres, in brand new cond.), Dionne 14ft. forage box on 10 tonne Martin running gear, N.I. 14 ft. forage box on 10 tonne Martin running JHDU$OOLHGLQFKIWJUDLQDXJHU1+PDQXUHVSUHDGHU7ULSOH.URZ FRUQFXOWLYDWRUIWEXPSHUKLWFKFDWWOHWUDLOHU DVLV :KLWH+\G'LVF *HKOIRUDJHEORZHU)RUGIRUDJHEORZHU)DUPKDQGJULQGHUPL[HU 1HFRPRGHOJUDLQFOHDQHU&DOVDJDO3WKVSUD\HU+XVN\JDO tanker with walking tandems converted to water hauler, trailer style spring tooth harrow, N.H. trailer style sickle bar mower, allied automatic stooker, I.H. SXOOW\SHFRPELQHZLWKVFRXUFOHDQ3DW]+'VWDEOHFOHDQHUZLWKDSUR[ IWRI&&:KRRNDQGH\HFKDLQ OHVVWKDQZHDU -DPHVZD\6+ feed cart with 5Hp Honda engine (like new), Steiner 450 Bale beaver bale FKRSSHU QHZDSURQFKDLQ 3DW]5'IWVLORXQORDGHU%XWOHU9,,IW VLORXQORDGHU9LFWRULDEXVKHOOJUDLQELQZLWKDHUDWHGĂ RRU IW'LD  Mueller 900gal. bulk tank (Purchaser responsible for removal and repair to milkhouse), DeLaval sprayball bulk tank wash, DeLaval 2â&#x20AC;? glass pipeline for 55 stalls, DeLaval pipeline wash (used 1yr.), 60gal. hot water tank, Approx. IW RI PRZ EDOH FRQYH\HU &KDPSLRQ KS (OHF UROOLQJ PLOO 5QG EDOH VSHDU3DW]ÂľIWEHOWIHHGFRQYH\RUZLWKWUDQVLWLRQ,GHDOIWFKDLQIHHG FRQYH\RU+RSSHUVW\OHIHHGWDQNVWRFNWDQNV5QGEDOHIHHGHU4W\RI JRRGJDWHVIWRI6PDOHORFNLQJKHDGJDWHDSUR[UXEEHUFRZPDWV +RXOH FRZ OLIW /UJ $OO\ VWDEOH IDQ /UJ 4W\ RI +RXOH DQG 'H/DYDO ZDWHU bowls, 2 wagon snagers, 15ft. sweep auger, J.D. pressure washer, Delta 5Hp. 3UHVVXUHZDVKHUTW\RIURXJKOXPEHU4W\RIVFUDSLURQPLONFDQVEXWWHU churn, expect 1-2 wagon loads of small farm related items. Auction Order: $XFWLRQWRVWDUWRQZHVWVLGHRI5GDWEDUQZLWKVWDEOHGDLU\DQGIHHGLQJ equipment, and then we will move to east side of road with machinery.

J.D. 2130 2wd Tractor, N.H. 565 sm. sq. baler with thrower (bought new on farm, very nice cond.). N.H. 489 haybine, N.H. side delivery rake, 18ft. Bale WKURZHUZDJRQ VWHHOVLGHVZRRGHQĂ RRU -'5QG%DOHU5QGEDOH spear, Kneverland 3Pth 3 furrow plow. J.D. 115 disc, 9ft., 3Pth cultivator, set of chain harrows, M.F. 33 grain drill with grass seed, 3Pth Fert. spreader, N.H. 328 manure spreader, feeder wagon. N.I. 1 row corn harvester, 2 Dion forage wagons, N.H 1 row corn picker, Dion and N.H. forage blowers, 18ft. 9DOPHWDO 5' VLOR 8QORDGHU QHZ PRWRU  HQVLODJH FDUW VWRFN WDQN 3DW] FKDLQIHHGHUFRQYH\RUIRUEXQNIHHGHUIWRI3DW]KRRNDQGH\H&&: VWDEOH FOHDQHU FKDLQ 'H/DYDO SLSHOLQH DQG PLONLQJ HTXLS &DWWOH RLOHU KRSSHU VW\OH IHHG WDQN :LF VWUDZ FKRSSHU ZLWK +RQGD HQJLQH  5QG Bale feeders, wood splitter, smale headgate, hay elevator, elec. welder, DLU&RPSKRUVHJDQJSORZZDONLQJSORZDQWLTXHWXUQLSEHHWFKRSSHU horse drawn buggy, 2000 Ford F-150 half ton truck (low mileage, sold as is), expect 1-2 wagon loads of farm related items qty. of scrap iron, many other articles too numerous to mention.

Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWKSURSHU,' Prop: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon McDonald

FARM AUCTION SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH AT 11 A.M. To Be Held On Site At Civic #2955 Stardale Rd. East, St. Eugene. From Hwy. 417 take Barb Rd. exit St. Eugene head East aprox. 1.5 Kms, turn left onto Cunning Rd. Travel aprox. 1Km, turn left onto Stardale Rd. Travel aprox 1Km. Watch for signs. This is Less than a 1hr. auction that features some top quality cash crop equipment.  -'  ZG 7UDFWRU ZLWK SRZHU VKLIW  VSG  FDE $& 3WK D[OH duels front suitcase weights new front tires 6000hrs. (tractor extremely well PDLQWDLQHG ORRNV DQG UXQV H[FHOOHQW PXVW EH VHHQ  -'  1R WLOO GULOO ZLWKIURQWUDQNORFNXSDOSLQHOLTXLG)HUW*UDVVVHHGER[SDFNHUKLWFKDQG extra set of yetter press wheels (extra wheels never used, excellent drill with YHU\ORZDFUHV 0RGHO:LOOULFKIW+\GIROGFVKDQNFXOWLYDWRUZLWK ZDONLQJ WDQGHPV UHEXLOW DQG QHZ Âľ VZHHSV ZLWK Ă&#x20AC;QJHU KDUURZV EHKLQG .UDXVH IW %LIROG URFNĂ H[ GLVF ZLWK QHZ WLUHV DQG EODGHV DQG EHDULQJV RQIURQWJDQJVLQZLWKEXVWHUEDUVEHKLQG+DUGL75FURSVSUD\HU with 42ft. manual fold boom elec. controls and Hyd. boom height, Turnco 15ft. sprocket packer with Hyd. lift and pups (excellent cond.), INT. #235 GLHVHOODZQWUDFWRUZLWKÂľPRZHUGHFN RQO\KUV 5KLQR+'ÂľSRVW KROHDXJHU-'3WKURWDU\FXWWHUWDQGHPD[OHXWLOLW\WUDLOHU2XWEDFN*36 guidance system. Miscellaneous Items to Incl.:6WRFNWDQNVIW[IW5XEEHU VWDOOPDWVFHPHQWPL[HUSXVKODZQPRZHUYLQWDJHUDFLQJ*R.DUW6PDOO tools and more. Note: This Auction will not exceed 1hr. Plan to attend on time. Everything in this auction is in outstanding condition and must be seen.

Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWKSURSHU,' Prop: Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kraus Reason for Auction:0UDQG0UV.UDXVDUHUHORFDWLQJWRWKH86$

Auctions Conducted By:

Peter Ross Auction Services Ltd. Ingleside On. (613) 537-8862

Machinery, Stable and Dairy Equipment, and Miscellaneous Farm Related Items

Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWKSURSHU,' Prop: Glenn Marjerrison Reason For Auction: Mr. Marjerrison has retired from his dairy operation in order to focus primarily on his cash crop business and therefore is liquidating all machinery and items related to the dairy industry.

ANNUAL SPRING MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION SATURDAY, MAY 4TH AT 9 A.M. To be held at our facility: 15093 County Road 18, 1/4 mile east of Osnabruck Centre.

WANTED! GOOD QUALITY FARM MACHINERY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CATTLE FEEDING and HANDLING EQUIPMENT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TOOLS and CONSTRUCTION RELATED ITEMS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LAWN and GARDEN EQUIPMENT, ATVs for our spring equipment sale. Call now to consign to be sure to give your equipment the advertising it deserves! Turn that unused or unwanted equipment into capital. The gates are open and merchandise is rolling in. Over 40 pieces already consigned with more arriving daily. Note: This auction sale has grown dramatically in both merchandise and attendance since its inception. Thanks to all of our past consignors and buyers! Looking forward to serving you for yet another year!

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UPCOMING PETER ROSS AUCTIONS ESTATE FARM AUCTION SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10:30 A.M. Civic #17234 McNeil Rd. South of Moose Creek (DyerView Farm) from Hwy 417 travel South on Hwy 138 approx 8 kms to McNeil Rd. Turn West or from Hwy 43 at Monkland travel North on Hwy 138 approx. 8 kms to McNeil Rd., turn West 2nd driveway on South side. Watch for signs.


NOTE: Plan to attend on time for this is a ĂŽKRXUDXFWLRQRQO\ Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWK SURSHU,' Prop: The Estate of The late Josef Keusch

AUCTION SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AT 10 A.M. Tractors, Farm Machinery, Camper, Tools & Some Household Effects To be held on site at civic #3440 Cty. Rd. 12, South of Finch. From Hwy. 43 in the village of Finch turn South onto Cty. Rd. 12, travel approx. 3Kms. Watch for signs. Tractors Machinery And Tools: -'  ZG with cab and air (only 5000hrs. bought new RQIDUPH[WUDQLFH 0)ZG RQO\KUV QLFH :KLWHURZÂľVHPLPRXQW:LOOULFK WDQGHPD[OHIWK\GIROGFVKDQNFXOWLYDWRU ZLWKĂ&#x20AC;QJHUKDUURZVIW6SURFNHWSDFNHU OLNH QHZ 7XUQFRJUDYLW\ER[HVZLWKWRQ0DUWLQ UXQQLQJJHDUV:KLWHURZDLUFRUQSODQWHU :HVWĂ&#x20AC;HOGÂľ[IWJUDLQDXJHU1,VLQJOHDXJHU VQRZ EORZHU 0)   URZ FRUQ FXOWLYDWRU IHUW $XJHU SWK IHUW 6SUHDGHU VHW RI  GXHOV-'/7ULGLQJODZQPRZHU OLNHQHZ  FKDLQVDZV/EDLUFRPS/UJTW\RIRWKHU VKRSKDQGDQGSRZHUWRROV7UDQVFRQWLQHQWDO Bolt Bin stocked with nuts bolts and washers, IW +' DOXP ([ /DGGHU Camper:  IW 6SULQJGDOH %XPSHU KLWFK FDPSLQJ WUDLOHU ZLWK large slide out (this unit is in mint as new cond. must be seen). Household Effects to incl.: Modern Oak dining table and four chairs (like QHZ %XIIHWKXWFK&KLQD&DELQHW  %78DLU&RQGLWLRQHUV ERWK\UROGDVQHZ  79V OUJ DVVW RI SRWV SDQV DQG NLWFKHQZDUH &UDIW VXSSOLHV DQG PDWHULDOV ODUJH FROOHFWLRQ of Blue Delft Pottery, many other articles too numerous to mention.

NOTE:(YHU\WKLQJLQWKLVDXFWLRQIURP WKHIDUPPDFKLQHU\WRWKHFDPSHU WRWKHKRXVHKROGHIIHFWVLVLQH[WUD clean condition. Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWK SURSHU,' Prop: Mr. Hank Sanders Reason For Auction: The farm has been sold and Mr. Sanders is relocating and retiring.

Auctions Conducted By: Peter Ross Auction Services Ltd. Ingleside On. (613) 537-8862


To Be held on site at civic #16900 McNeil Rd. South of Moose Creek from Hwy. 417 travel South on Hwy. 138 approx. 8Km to McNeil Rd. Turn West from Hwy. 43 at Monkland, travel North on Highway 138. Travel approx. 8Km to McNeil Rd. Turn West. From there travel to the end (approx. 2 Kms). Watch for signs.


NOTE: Plan to attend on time as this DXFWLRQZLOOQRWH[FHHGĂŽKRXUV Owner and auctioneer not responsible for loss or accident. Terms:&DVKRU*RRG&KHTXHZLWK SURSHU,' Prop: Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord (Bud) Atkins Reason For Auction:$IWHUPDQ\\HDUV LQWKH$J,QGXVWU\0UDQG0UV$WNLQV KDYHVROGWKHIDUPDQGDUHUHWLULQJ

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Taxes Continued from page 15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheap. Cheap!â&#x20AC;? he exclaimed, when compared to the value the land. Byvelds had no qualms with MPACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessed farmland values, saying he was willing to pay the peracre price the agency had estimated as of 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anybody wants to sell that farm today for what the number says, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? he declared. When Alvin Runnalls, a DFA director, complained the assessment on his Chesterville-area farm had jumped from $600,000 to $1.2-million, the mayor responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you got offered $1.5-million.â&#x20AC;? Runnalls acknowledged the fact but explained that some folks want to keep on farming. While unable to support the OFA initiative, Byvelds said he strongly supported the 25 per cent ratio and suggested other farmers should be satisfied with it. There are less sympathetic politicians who would actually increase the ratio to 50 per cent if they could, he warned, placing a former colleague in South Dundas in that category. According to Bentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fig-

ures, MPAC has now assessed the top class of farmland in Ontario at $7,323, up from $4,051 in 2008. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on 1,698 farmland sales across Ontario between March

Free internet farm classifieds at 2007 and December 2011. SD&G treasurer Vanessa Bennett told The AgriNews that she expects Counties Council will keep the status quo when the tax ratios are subject to a routine annual

vote on March 18. Those politicians did recently discuss tweaking some of the other ratios related to pipelines and commercial properties, but not farmland, she said.

Tel: 613-932-4413 Fax: 613-932-4467

1440 Tenth Street East, Cornwall, Ontario Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25, Cornwall Ontario, K6H 5R9

Truck and Coach Technicians (310T) Precision Diesel is looking for qualified Truck and Coach Technicians at our Winchester location. Reporting to the Service Manager, this position is responsible to diagnose problems and make repairs to all types of trucks, buses, trailers, and other types of equipment and vehicles. For additional information regarding responsibilities and job requirements, or to submit a resume, please contact: PRECISION DIESEL 12024 Dawley Drive, Winchester, ON, K0C 2K0 or or FAX (613) 774-1618. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds (left) presented a contrary view to the OFAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern about rising farmland assessment, at the Dundas Federation of Agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 13 meeting in Chesterville. OFA Director of Policy Research Jason Bent (centre) looks on as OFA President Mark Wales addresses the hot topic. Zandbergen photo.


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CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Tractors, Farm Machinery, Farm and Construction Equipment

For information, call 613-445-1491.

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6th Annual Consignment Sale held at M&R Feeds and Farm Supply Ltd., 70 Decosta Street, Arnprior, ON

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013 AT 10 A.M. SHARP We are looking for good clean equipment. Consign early so we can advertise your items to their full potential. Consignment Deadline: May 1, 2013. Our past 5 sales have been very successful. We invite you to participate. Many items will be listed in the next advertisement. Contact Barry Dean at M&R Feeds to consign 613-623-7311 or

JAMES AND HILL AUCTION SERVICE LTD. Carson Hill Stewart James (613) 821-2946 (613) 445-3269 Our auction team offers more than 40 years of experience and integrity, along with the youthful enthusiasm of our next generation of bilingual auctioneers. We are proud of our past but passionate about our future. Call us today to book your real estate, farm or household auction.








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FOR SALE NH forage blower. $1,000. Ford blue 500 manure spreader with tail gate. A-1 shape. Cost $900 to get in A-1 shape. $1,250. 613448-2332. 08tfc

FARMLAND FOR SALE Vankleek Hill, 114 acres, 95 cultivated with power, water, machine shed and bins. Alfred, 50 acres all workable. Call 613-618-1526. 04

ANtiquE tRActORS 3 Antique Tractors; one Cockshutt L, 1957; one Massey Harris 33, 1958; One Oliver 77, 1957. Circular Saw made in Quebec. All stored inside. 613-652-1897. 03

WANtED ACID applicator for small square baler. 613-587-4696 04

FRuit tREES Apple, local and heirloom varieties, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Peach and Flowering Crab Trees $20, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Asparagus plants. Maple Syrup at Bakleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, call 613859-7059, leave message or e-mail 05 FOR SALE Purebred Black Angus Bulls. Low birth weight bloodlines. Call Michael Ault 613-6522403. 03

FOR SALE 1100 acres of land for sale Eastern Ontario with 725 acres tillable land on 7 parcels west of Arnprior. Smallest field 60 acres. All systematically drained , clay, clay-loam nearly all flat. One parcel has house and farm buildings. Rest of land plantation and mixed bush with 1 ½ miles water front. Also 200 tillable acres adjoining that can be leased to buyer. Land has been in wheat, beans and corn rotation. $5,200,000. Phone 613-432-5764. 04



FOR RENT FARMLAND FOR RENt Farmland for rent at Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Original 600 acres in one block, at Alfred 110 acres. Will rent in different parcel or all together, For more details call 613-618-1526. 04

WANTED WANtED Milking system for a single cow or goat. 613-932-9799 03


COMING EVENT EAStERN ONtARiO LOcAL cHAPtER MEEtiNG Practical Farmers of Ontario Tues. Feb. 12, 6:30pm free. One topic will be "Will hen shares change the rules?" Castor River Farm, 2696 9th Line Rd., Metcalfe, ON. 613 821 0807.








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P.M. gIVIng LOTs Of OPTIOns TO EVEryOnE In aTTEnDanCE. IP solutions Outlining the process of the Sevita –growers contract and the role Sevita plays in the soybean industry was the main message that Sevita’s Michael Stable got across in his presentation at the event. Stabler gave those in attendance a brief run down of the companies that recently combined to form Sevita, including: Hendrick AgriFoods, AgWorks, Pro Seeds, Hendrick Seeds and Atlantic Soy Corp. He outlined what the new company focuses on with their research and innovation, production, processing and distribution and their facilities in Eastern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. The majority of Sevita seeds are exported to places like Japan where standards are very high. That means that Sevita has had to really ensure their own standards for beans as well as the

standards for their growers. “The grower obligations we have are that the seeds be certified- no bin run, the seeding drill and seed transfer equipment be clean, growers can’t plant in a field which had Roundup Ready sprayed the year before and that the combine, wagon, auger and bin all be cleaned out.” Stabler went on to talk about how the demand in Japan, which was down for a couple of years, has risen again recently so there is more of a need for growers with Sevita. Japan grows 223,000MT themselves a year, but imports 3,456,000MT. more than 370,000 comes from Canada to be used for things like tofu, miso, natto and soymilk. Sevita is looking for growers for 2013 and have raised their premiums for all varieties. “They had an over supply for the last three years, however, the supply/demand balance is returning to normal and the market is finally improving for importers and wholesalers.” He outlined the highlights of their contracts which includes a growers payment CBOT plus basis and premium. The BasisSorel is .50/bu more than local elevators. The premium is set by variety contracted and is subject to quality assessment. They also have a $12/MT storage bonus for beans stored on farm. At Sevita soybeans are processed through a clean-

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Sevita’s Michael Stabler gives his presentation on IP soybeans during the Eastern Ontario Crop Day, Feb. 21 at the University of Guelph Kemptville Matte photos

Brian Hall from OMAFRA in Stratford was one of the many speakers at the Eastern Ontario Crop Day at the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus on Feb. 21. He gave an afternoon presentation on edible beans.

er, gravity belt, roll belt and colour sorter. They are then packaged and shipped off to Montreal and Vancouver by train before crossing the

ocean by ship. Moving forward, Sevita is looking at the future of soybean markets. Stabler outlined developing nations

in Africa, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia along with emerging markets in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan

and China and noted that they will continue to look to their developed markets in Japan, East Asia, Europe and North America.

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Hereford hogs in Canada: the untold story By Nelson Zandbergen AgriNews Staff Writer EMBROKE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A


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Ken Taylor, owner of Green Barn Nursery explained how farming can be done with the least effort and most profitability at Eco Farm Day on Feb. 23. Taylor is well acquainted with difficult growing conditions at Windmill Point Farm which is located on the coldest windiest part of Ile Perrot in Quebec. To cope with extreme weather, he has chosen plant varieties that are adapted to minus 40 C in winter and hot humid weather in summer. Last summer they had both weeks of drought and hail the size of golf balls. In May there were three weeks with no sun, making pollination very difficult. Sometimes there is little or no insulating snow cover to protect the perennials. Fluctuations in temperature occur, ranging from double digits below zero to plus 15 degrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to make sure our crops can handle this. A lot reflects back to the misuse of water,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said, referring to the Eco Farm Day theme. As well as finding and breeding the best plants for the climate, Taylor had to

choose the best growing methods. Annual crops simply required too much input in fertilizing, tilling and weeding. So they changed from annual (vegetables and grains) and animal-based production to continual crops, exemplified by fruits, nuts and berries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was our best answer to reducing labour and costs,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. Hence the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero inputâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;freedom farmingâ&#x20AC;? as he describes his operation. Although at first he started â&#x20AC;&#x153;zappingâ&#x20AC;? everything that threatened his crops, he changed his methods to organic and the operation was certified in the 1980s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still grow organic but stopped the certification,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting his customer base was big enough through direct marketing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now local organic is very important to the Canadian consumer. Organic is still important, but the certification just seems to be creating problems among farmers,â&#x20AC;? he said. Instead of using holistic or biodynamic or any other specific type of farming, Taylor combines them into â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero interference farmingâ&#x20AC;?. The goal is to have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plant and pickâ&#x20AC;? system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the model of our farm - you plant once and pick annually. You might call it permaculture agroforestry.â&#x20AC;?

He experiments with different cold and resistant species, like the pawpaw, a banana like tree that is indigenous to North America, growing through the southern Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence Valley. It used to be a staple for both natives and settlers, but has died out, although there are recent efforts to revive it. Not only is the banana-like fruit

which tastes like a banana and mango cross, tasty and nutritious, but it has pharmaceutical properties as well. By selecting and breeding his own varieties of apple, Taylor switched from a 4,000 apple tree operation to about 200 trees of different varieties. He is still phasing it down and switching to apple pears (Asian pears), which are

hardy and disease resistant and store very well. Instead of planting trees in fields, Taylor uses â&#x20AC;&#x153;guildsâ&#x20AC;? where there is ground cover, bushes, shrubs and tall trees in the same group. In a guild, the surrounding vegetation is chosen to boost the central plant. For example, some nitrogen-fixing species like the cherry olive promote the growth of nut trees.

Once a guild is developed, animals like grass-fed beef can graze the alleyways, and the arrangement provides a mutual benefit. In breeding plants, Taylor looks for criteria other than cosmetic values found in grocery store fruit, striving for adaptability to climate extremes and storage ability as opposed to shipability. Continuead on page 4b

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Taylor-made farm solutions Continued from page 3B Still, fruit shown at the Green Barn Nursery appear to be large and unblemished. He also researches the development of crosses like an apricot/plum tree he found 25 years ago at Georgain Bay. The fruit tasted like apricot and genetic testing showed the tree was a cross between the two fruits. Researchers have crossed California plums with apricots to improve on the sour taste of the plum and the dryness of the apricot, calling the result a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plumcotâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plumcots are better than plums. A chum pie (cross between a cherry and plum) is better than cherry pie,â&#x20AC;? he said. Looking for genetic disease resistance so that

plants are adapted to organic agriculture means there is less need to spray and less need to adjust the soil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to get root systems that are better assimilating of soil nutrients. We like ones that fix nitrogen. We have quite a few in berries and cherry olives. We want ones that can survive drought,â&#x20AC;? he said. For example, pears that have 10-foot tap roots, persimmons that grow 15-20 feet into the ground or a walnut that grows 30 feet in the ground â&#x20AC;&#x153;are root systems that can take any drought,â&#x20AC;? he said. He also uses uncontrolled open pollinated breeding instead of a controlled cross like the scabresistant Northern Spy apple developed by the Nova Scotia Agriculture College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful, but the

problem is youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re restricting genetic diversity or progeny in your offspring. I want to keep the doors open,â&#x20AC;? he said. Apart from benefiting the ecoculture and water resources, a system of permaculture agroforestry can have a good impact on the bottom line. Taylor noted with dismay that some 99 per cent of annual crops and animal

products are imported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty severe fact,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somehow weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not growing what Canadians seem to be buying so we have to import it into the country. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big stress on the planet and water resources.â&#x20AC;? Some $100-million of apples are imported each year, when apples can be grown in Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We import more than we






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If the Taylor Apple Pear were sold at $3 a lb multiplied by 150 bushels a tree and 200 trees an acre, the crop could pay $90,000 an acre. Compare this with corn at $250 an acre bringing in $250,000 from 1000 acres, whereas 1000 acres of Taylor Apple Pears could bring in $90,000,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty good profit and if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zero interference, very little work,â&#x20AC;? he said.




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86th annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show Schedule More than 350 exhibitors under one roof at Ernst & Young Centre on Uplands Drive in Ottawa. Recognizing Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 10-16. Recognizing 100th anniversary of 4-H Canada

• Agricultural antiques presented by VITEO. • Yarn spinning and leather working demonstrations. Quilt Show.

PARKING Paid parking at the CE Centre is operated by centre management. The charge is $7. Tickets are retrieved at the gate on the way in and paid for at machines inside the centre on the way out, airport style.

• Valley Heritage Radio live. MARCH 12, 9 AM - 5 PM FOOD SERVICES • 8:30 am, sponsored coffee and muffins for exhibitors, at two locations. • Farm Show Bulletin sponsored by Eastern Ontario AgriNews • Official Opening, 12 noon, Booth 1231, with Rob Black, 4-H Canada. • Seed Show all day Booth 1231. • Livestock information Booths 2000-2012. Best booth judging,10:30 am. • 4-H display, Meeting Rooms B-C-D. • Agricultural antiques presented by Vintage Iron and Traditions of Eastern Ontario, B-C-D. • Yarn spinning and leather working demonstrations, B-C-D. Quilt Show. • Valley Heritage Radio of Renfrew broadcasting live from B-C-D. • Reception for exhibitors, Meeting Room A, 5:15 pm. MARCH 13, 9 AM - 8 PM • 8:30 am, sponsored coffee and muffins for exhibitors, at two locations. • Farm Show Bulletin distributed by Eastern Ontario AgriNews • 12 noon-2 pm, Booth 1231: Annual Seed Awards Ceremony. • Seed Show, all day, Booth 1231. • Livestock information, Booths 2000-2012. • 4-H display, Meeting Rooms B-C-D. • Agricultural antiques presented by VITEO. • Yarn spinning and leather working demonstrations. Quilt Show • Valley Heritage Radio live. MARCH 14, 9 AM - 4 PM • 8:30 am, sponsored coffee for exhibitors, in two locations. • Farm Show Bulletin compliments Eastern Ontario AgriNews. • 12 noon, Booth 1231: OVSGA director and auctioneer John Joynt will call the 20th annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale which has raised more than $95,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. • Seed Show, all day, Booth 1231. • Livestock information, Booths 2000-2012. • 4-H display, Meeting Rooms B-C-D.

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ADMISSION Adults are $10, children under 12 free. The Farm Show lands during Spring Break… so bring those farmers of tomorrow. See you at the Ernst & Young Centre on Uplands Drive outside Ottawa International Airport. TELEPHONE NUMBER DURING THE SHOW: 613903-4122.

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NFU-O loses accreditation Lois Ann Baker AgriNews Staff Writer he NaTioNal Farmers UNioNoNTario learNed oN dec. 19, 2012 ThaT The applicaTioN For 2013


accrediTaTioN UNder The Farm regisTraTioN aNd Farm orgaNizaTioNs FUNdiNg acT had beeN TUrNed dowN by The omaFra appeals TribUNal. UNder The rUles oF procedUre oF The TribUNal, The paNel is reqUired To NoTiFy all parTies wiTh reasoNiNg behiNd The dismissal oF The applicaTioN wiThiN 20 days. as oF Feb. 13, NFU-o sTill had NoT received The reporT.

According to the NFUOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, changes to the FRFOF Act allowed the other two organizations, Ontario Farmers Association and Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario to move ahead with a new application under an amended regulation. Originally, all three organizations applications had been denied, largely due to questions whether an explicit agreement was in place with each of their

members. The Ministry of Agriculture stepped in and made the changes to allow OFA and CFFO to re-apply. In December they were awarded accreditation. NFU-O could not move ahead in the same manner due to interim orders issued by the Tribunal in November. And since they did not receive a decision from their application in July 2012, they had to follow a different path to accreditation. In addition to complying by the amended changes to the Act, the Tribunal wanted NFU-O to provide evidence on how it meets section 4(1) of the Act - â&#x20AC;&#x153;[a]ny organization representing the farmers in the province may apply to the Tribunal to become an accredited farm organization for the purposes of this Act.â&#x20AC;? In December, the Tribunal further notified NFU-O that it was not clear whether the NFU-O carries out any activities to represent farmers, or if the activities are carried out by the NFU. Further, the Tribunal was unclear whether it is the NFU or the NFU-O that provides advice and analy-

sis to governments and advisory boards and whether the NFU-Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to represent farmers or access funding under the Act to allow NFU to carry on its activities. The NFU-O submitted documents in response to the Tribunalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request along with supporting documents from the Ministry at a hearing on Dec. 14. On Dec. 19, they received notice of the dismissal of their application. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It complicates things for our members and supporters,â&#x20AC;? said Peter Dowling, regional council member â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now they have to register with one of the other accredited organizations.â&#x20AC;? Ann Slater, NFU and Region 3 Coordinator, said in an email that farmers currently represented by the NFU-O will need to direct their Farm Business Registration payment through Agricorp to one of the accredited organizations. As long as their FBR payment is sent through Agricorp, they will have a FBR number and be recognized as farmers. continued on page 10b


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Page 10B The AgriNews March, 2013 systems, like international trade liberalization and the agendas of seed, chemical, continued from page 9b Farmers can still join the processing and retail corporations.â&#x20AC;? NFU-O directly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point we are â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to waiting for the Tribunal to represent them, as we have explain themselves as to the all along,â&#x20AC;? said Slater. reason they made the deciâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Although we may have sion they did,â&#x20AC;? said less resources available, we Dowling. will continue to represent As for moving forward, our members in Ontario Dowling said the options and to advocate for policies are limited. NFU-O could and programs that maintain either ask for a review of family farms as the primary the decision, or once they food-producers in Ontario,â&#x20AC;? receive the report from the said Slater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will conTribunal, remedy the reatinue to advocate for a food sons behind the refusal and system controlled and crere-apply. There is also a ated by farmers and by judicial option for NFU-U, local communities. We will but Dowling was certain continue to speak out they did not want to go down that route. against the powerful forces Over 2,000 farmers have that act against the development of sustainable farming joined NFU-O since its


Agri-business directory at inception in 2002, and now these farmers must revisit a decision on who they feel can best represent them. Eastern Ontario locals of NFU-O, Local 362, which represents Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ottawa and Prescott-Russell, and Local 330, Renfrew, will be holding their Annual General Meetings on March 13 at South Nation Conservation in Finch and March 14 at the Barr Line Community Centre in Douglas respectively. Local 330 will also be holding two farmer training workshops: March 9, the Care and Feeding of Livestock and on March 16, Raising Pasture Poultry. Both take place at the Barr Line Community Centre.


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ORONTO â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ON MON., Feb. 25 iN The ONTaRiO LegisLaTuRe PReMieR WyNNe caLLed heR FaiLuRe TO iNcLude FOOd iN heR FiRsT cabiNeT aNd heR secReT sWeaRiNg iN aN â&#x20AC;&#x153;adMiNisTRaTive gLiTchâ&#x20AC;?.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone who wants to serve as our agriculture and food minister and claims to have an interest in the industry should know enough to include food in their oath regardless,â&#x20AC;? said Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and OMAFRA minister under Mike Harris from 1999 to 2001. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calling it an administrative glitch is an attempt to transfer responsibility to staff, but only one person took that oath and she should also take responsibility.â&#x20AC;? Before Wynne the Ministry had included both Agriculture and Food for almost 47 years, since May 18, 1966. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Describing the failure to assign responsibility for â&#x20AC;&#x153;foodâ&#x20AC;? as merely an admin-

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The association has been one of the mainstays of Eastern Ontario agriculture, recognizing the annual efforts of seed growers across the region. We offer them an opportunity at the Farm Show to highlight those efforts while shopping for the latest in machinery and other products to help them get through the new season in fine style. For the second year, home for the Farm Show is what was first known as the CE Centre opposite Ottawa International Airport, a 150,000 square-foot facility featuring the latest in mechanical and technological services. The building has been renamed the Ernst & Young Centre. Exhibitors I spoke with last year are almost all positive about the new show space and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping their experience will be even more enjoyable this time. There were some reloca-

tion hitches last year when the show was condensed from three buildings and 30 outside spots at Lansdowne Park under one roof at the new centre. We think we have most of them worked out and are looking forward to a smoother show in 2013. Of course, as we did at Lansdowne, we try hard to make it better year after year. The association is proud to host more than 350 top quality exhibitors of tools, machinery, livestock accessories, financial and other services and, of course, top quality seeds... everything that will be needed for the upcoming growing season. This year, annual seed judging in advance of the

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he QuinTe AgriculTurAl WAll of fAme is looking for neW nominees To Add To Those Who hAve been publicly recognized from The counTies of hAsTings, prince edWArd, norThumberlAnd And lennox And AddingTon for ouTsTAnding conTribuTions To The AgriculTure And food indusTry AT The locAl, provinciAl or nATionAl level.

The past six years have seen many outstanding individuals recognized for their contributions to the industry. May 1 is the deadline for nominations each year. An induction ceremony will take place in September at FarmTown Park in Stirling. Nominator(s) will submit the name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the nomineeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements, awards

and leadership roles. Permission is to be requested from the nominee or their family, if posthumous, prior to the nomination. The nomination must be prepared in hard copy. Once selected, the nominator will be responsible for the cost of the picture and citation to be placed on the Wall. The Agricultural Wall of Fame committee will review all nominations in June. Recipients and nominators will be notified and the media will be informed. All nominators will be contacted whether or not their candidate was successful. Candidates can be re-nominated in subsequent years. Nominations can be sent to P.O. Box 174, 437 Front St. West, Stirling, Ont., K0K 3E0 or to Jim Dalrymple, 14282 County Road 2, RR 4 Brighton, K0K 1H0 or email to;

event to be held at the Seed Growers booth 1231. A feature on day two at 12 noon is the Seed Growers Awards Ceremony which recognizes Eastern Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top seed producers. Day three at 12 noon, we feature our annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale with proceeds directed to the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, also at booth 1231. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome in advance all of our visitors to the 2013 show from

The AgriNews March, 2013 Page 11B across Ontario, from West Growers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of Quebec and from Northern pride for me that my father New York State. Not only Graham also held this posiis the Farm Show a place to tion and still helps out at shop, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place to visit the show. and catch up on the winI am always impressed terâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news. We invite you to at how the Ontario agriculdo plenty of both. tural industry and the comAs somebody who has munity it supports continue spent a lifetime in the agrito demonstrate an amazing cultural business with resiliency, an ability to members of my family, rebound. The Farm Show is active in many farm organi- one place where, annually, zations including 4-H and we witness and encourage the Ontario Federation of that ability. Agriculture, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pleasure See you at the Show! to serve for a second year bruce hudson as president of the Seed president







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Celebrity chef Smith puts his mouth where his money is By Martha Tanner AgriNews Contributor INGSTON WheN chef MIchael SMITh caMe TO QueeN’S uNIverSITy feb. 7 TO celebraTe The ONe-year


aNNIverSary Of The caNadIaN GrIllING cOMpaNy, hIS ON-caMpuS eaTery, ONe Of The very fIrST ThINGS he dId, befOre dONNING hIS chef’S WhITeS aNd fIrING up The GrIll fOr hOrdeS Of huNGry uNIverSITy STudeNTS, WaS TO TaKe a jauNT NOrTh Of The cITy TO vISIT The lIMeSTONe OrGaNIc creaMery.

The visit to the Creamery, which will celebrate its own first birthday in July, was organized by Sodexo, which provides food services to Queen’s and for whom Smith serves as National Sustainability Advocate. The visit also included a talk by Smith to students of the hospitality program of Gananoque Secondary School and a chat with Michael McKenzie, owner of Seed to Sausage, who was also there to address the students. Smith said his visit to the Creamery was to deliver a pat on the back to folks such as owners Francis and Kathie Groenewegen, “who are doing significant things here” and to participate in making a connection between young people and the people who make food. That connection, he said, “is a very powerful thing.” To the students he said, “It’s pretty significant, what you see here. You’re very blessed to be here in the Kingston region, which has strong a local food move-

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Chef Michael Smith signs a copy of his cookbook for Maddy Ford, a student in the hospitality services program at Gananoque Secondary School. ment, and the producers and the market for it. “You’re in one of the best regions for locally sourced food. There is an enormous and growing awareness of local food, and the Limestone Organic Creamery is evidence of it.” “If I have learned anything as a chef,” continued the cookbook author and star of Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef Abroad, Chef at Home and Chef at Large on Food Network Canada, “is that, as a cook, you cannot discount how important it is to get to know your producers. “ Smith told the students that if they had a burning desire to share food with others, they would be successful. And not only were they on the edge of a “local food revolution”, but they live in an interesting time in which people want to believe in their food system and know the story behind it. “One of the most fascinating things to emerge is that there is integrity in a good hot dog . . . there is integrity in good chocolate milk.” Smith puts his money

where his mouth is. At the Canadian Grilling Company, everything is traceable and sustainable, and everything is made from scratch, even the condiments. The restaurant features only organic meats from Field Gate Organics, dairy products from Organic Meadow, Ocean Wild sustainable salmon, buns made on-site with Red Fife wheat, and local cheeses and local greens in season, and Prince Edward Island potatoes. “We’re always happy to have somebody here who values local food, food produced organically with the animals in mind, with the water table in mind, who values farmers and cooks in season,” said Kathie Groenewegen, as she poured glasses of organic chocolate milk and served homemade cookies to the students. The Limestone Organic Creamery processes and sells milk from its own organic herd of Jerseys and Holsteins and sells organic meats and other products in its facility north of Kingston.

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member of A fifth generAtion CArp fArm fAmily, emmA CAldwell is the ottAwA VAlley fArm show’s feAtured Artist in 2013.

purchase of the art possible… as the company has done over the past several years. As usual, bidders should come prepared to outlast OMAFRA’s Phyllis MacMaster who, over the past decade, has purchased almost all of the CHEO auction art. Emma has already enjoyed considerable recognition as an artist, with a piece of her art sold as a fundraiser at last year’s Jersey Ontario annual meeting held in Ottawa, and as designer of the 2012 Carp Fair poster.

Emma, 21, grew up at Maple Holme Farms which becomes a century old this spring. She cut her farming teeth through 12 years of 4-H showing dairy, beef, sheep and hogs, and is a member of Carleton County Junior Farmers. And of course, she was expected to do her share of farm chores… making hay, milking cows, and working with livestock. Several years ago, she began transferring appreciation of her agricultural surroundings to canvas. In 2009, she enrolled in the fine arts program at Queen’s University where she’s delighted to experiment with different styles and materials. The Farm Show asked her to compose an original painting for the 20th annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, March 14 at 12 noon. She chose a classic barn as the centrepiece set behind a rail fence; both structures have special meaning to her, representing the sacrifice farmers make and the separation between them and urban consumers. The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers, sponsors of the Farm Show, Emma Caldwell at work in her Kingston stuido on this hope Emma’s contribution year’s featured art for the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale. will help push the 20-year Inset photo is of the barn on her family’s farm whihc total over the $100,000 servied as the inspiration for this year’s centrepiece artmark. They’d like to thank work. exhibitor Secan for making

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By Nelson Zandbergen AgriNews Staff Writer TTAWA â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â PerhAPs nOT since The eArly dAys Of A cerTAin cOmmerciAl Am rAdiO sTATiOn fOunded by OnTAriO AgriculTurAl hAll Of fAme inducTee frAnk ryAn, decAdes AgO, hAs There been A brOAdcAsTer mOre in Tune WiTh OTTAWA VAlley fArming And AgriculTure. Today, six-year-old upstart FM 98.7 CJHR Valley Heritage Radio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only station broadcasting live from its own booth at this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ottawa Valley Farm Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is daring to stake a claim to that mantle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the station that the farmers listen to in the Ottawa Valley, I would hazard to guess,â&#x20AC;? says Gerry Bimm, sales and marketing representative for the nonprofit community radio station that runs out of a rural studio located directly beside a tower and 15,000-watt transmitter planted in the rural fields between Renfrew and Burnstown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is radio the way it used to be. We have very little pre-recorded programming,â&#x20AC;? says Bimm, who proudly highlights CJHRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular show, Barnyard Breakdown, airing Thursdays at noon until 1 p.m. But during Ottawa Valley Farm Show week, the agricultural talk and news show will run twice, Tuesday and Thursday, aired on location from the Ernst and Young Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only locally produced farming show in the Ottawa Valley. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a saying in the Valley that all farming stops when the Barnyard Breakdown is on.â&#x20AC;? In keeping with its mandate and name, Valley Heritage Radio heavily promotes local talent and traditional forms of country and fiddle music, as well as new country, rock, and bluegrass. A hallmark show, Kitchen Party Live, sees a guest band play live in front of a live studio audience, noon until 1 p.m. every Saturday, on the Thomas Cavanagh stage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; named for the donor who funded the stage inside the CJHR building at 3009 Burnstown Rd. Bimm believes it may be the only regularly broadcast live radio music show in Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown to have a bit of a reputation. A lot of groups will contact us because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good following,â&#x20AC;? he says, comparing it to Renfrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own version of the Grand Ole Opry. Another Saturday show caters to the musical tastes of the Karube-Polish community of the Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mandate really is to bring forward the culture and the whole Ottawa Valley way of life through its music and helping out with local artists and bringing along local talent and providing a spot where anybody with an idea for a radio show can come forward and pitch it to us. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a great place for the local Ottawa Valley community to see themselves reflected with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going out on the air.â&#x20AC;? Founded by military retiree Victor Garbutt, the station relies heavily on volunteers to operate on a day-to-day basis and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors of about dozen people from the Valley. It also employs some staff from weekday operations, including popular morning man Andrew Cartright and â&#x20AC;&#x153;token Welshmanâ&#x20AC;? Dai Bassett, quips Bimm. The station also prides itself in drawing attention to local charitable causes, publicizing events on behalf of churches, hospitals, churches and agricultural groups like 4-H. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s again gearing up for its annual membership drive and radiothon, held every April. Individual memberships go for $15 apiece, while a business can buy a membership for $150 and receive advertising discounts and an on-air profile as part of the bargain, according to Bimm, who previously worked for commercial radio. He says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun working for a not-for-profit station that owes its existence to devoted volunteers and their love of radio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as opposed to trying to please shareholders. Valley Heritage Radio is heard in a large swath of the Ottawa Valley west of the city, from Carp over to Dunrobin and into Stittsville. Highway 7 tends to be the southern limit of coverage, but listeners outside this range may still enjoy CJHR live online at

Rob Jamieson (left) and Brian Hamilton are shown at the microphones inside the Valley Heritage Radio studio. The pair voluntarily cohost the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular talk and interview show, Barnyard Breakdown. Jamieson is otherwise known as a senior director for the Liberal Party of Canada while Hamilton is employed as a local member services representative for the OFA Courtesy photo.













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In her opening remarks, Council of Canadians chair Maude Barlow told the group, “You are the antidote to what I am going to present in the way you grow food and live.” Organized by the Canadian Organic Growers, the annual conference features lectures and workshops on organic food production and draws participants from across Ontario and Quebec. Barlow chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and as senior advisor to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly, was a leader in a campaign

to have the UN declare water as a human right in 2010. She briefly recapped the history of water use, stating people have treated it “as a vehicle for pleasure, convenience and profit.” She claimed water had fueled the industrial revolution and globalization and the view that people can do what they want with water, to pollute, to drain marshes and dam rivers for hydroelectric power, without regard for protection of the source. “We’re drawing on rivers to death. Many major rivers now no longer go to the ocean,” she said. Barlow cited the example of the Aral Sea, in western Asia, formerly the fourth largest lake in the world that has been reduced by 90 per cent since the 1960s when the former Soviet Union diverted the rivers that fed it for irrigation purposes, and Lake Chad in Africa, which used to be the sixth largest

world-wide, and is now “almost gone”. In North America, the last two summers of drought show the water supply is being overpumped. “We’re pumping ground water that belongs to future generations. We’re doing it for the global trade in food. This is part of the global water crisis,” she said. Levels in the Great Lakes are going down because of overconsumption. She referred to a report by Marc Bierkens of the University of Utrecht, that if the Great Lakes are drained as quickly as we deplete the ground water supply, they will be dry in 80 years. She also cited a report by the U.S. Geological Survey stating that wells as deep as skyscrapers are high are being bored through the ground, even to the bottom of the water tables. Continued on page 23b

Eco-Farm Day keynote speaker Maude Barlow, shown with chair Tom Manley, opened the plenary session by addressing the looming water shortage. Water and its management were the theme of the 33rd annual conference that brings together speakers on organic food topics and listeners from around the region. Thompson photo

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ne hundred and eighty-five exhibitOrs shOwed 527 entries in the prestigiOus pedigreed seed shOw at the 2012 eastern OntariO farm shOw. the event marked the first time in several decades that the entries were judged Off-site.

With the EY Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tighter rental timelines, judges had to go to Vernon to judge the entries - which were the reason for the start of the farm show 86 years ago. This year, judges are in Greely at the Community Centre to determine which entries will get pride of place in the Hall of Honour during the Farm Show. The following are the top placings in each class in 2012: CLASS 1 - OATS 1.Dave Duncan, Pakenham, ON, Lanark 2. Reuben Stone, Cobden, ON, Renfrew 3. John Sutherland, Seeleys Bay, ON, Frontenac CLASS 3 - BARLEY -2 ROW 1. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON. Frontenac 2. Alex Oosterhof, North Augusta, ON, Grenville 3. Schultz Farms, Douglas, ON, Renfrew CLASS 4 - BARLEY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6

ROW Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 2. Andrew Allan, Perth, ON, Lanark 3. Jim Tims, Almonte, ON, Lanark CLASS 5 - SPRING WHEAT 1. John Oeschger, Vars, ON, Russell 2. Tibben Farms, Brinston, ON, Dundas 3. Andrew Dawson, Lanark, ON, Lanark CLASS 6 - SOFT WINTER WHEAT 1. Francis Henderson, Brinston, ON, Dundas 2. Ian Porteous, Winchester, ON, Dundas CLASS 7 - HARD WINTER WHEAT 1. Jim Tims, Almonte, ON, Lanark 2. Skyevegan Farms Ltd., Dunvegan, ON, Glengarry 3. Ross Hawkins, Elgin, ON, Leeds CLASS 8 - SUNFLOWERS 1. Barclay Dick & Son Farm Supply, Douglas, ON, Renfrew 2. David Reid, Renfrew, ON, Renfrew CLASS 10 - BUCKWHEAT 1. Barclay Dick & Son Farm Supply, Douglas, ON, Renfrew 2. Reuben Stone, Cobden, ON, Renfrew CLASS 14- FORAGE

PEAS 1. David Reid, Renfrew, ON, Renfrew 2. Larry Reaburn, Westmeath, ON, Renfrew CLASS 13 - SOYBEANS 1. John & Jeannette Devries, Williamsburg, ON, Dundas 2. Skyevegan Farms Ltd., Dunvegan, ON, Glengarry 3. Tibben Farms Inc., Brinston, ON, Dundas CLASS 14 - WHITE FIELD BEANS 1. Bruce and Brian Hudson, Kinburn, ON, Carleton CLASS 16 - CANOLA 1. Barclay Dick & Son Farm Supply, Douglas, ON, Renfrew 2. Harold MacPhail, Almonte, ON, Lanark CLASS 17 - RED CLOVER 1. Bruce and Brian Hudson, Kinburn, ON, Carleton 2. Harold MacPhail, Almonte, ON, Lanark 3. Bill Duncan, Pakenham, ON, Lanark CLASS 19 - TIMOTHY 1. Jim Murphy, Kinburn, ON, Carleton 2. Wilsonia Farm, Fournier, ON, Prescott 3. David Reid, Renfrew, ON, Renfrew CLASS 20 - ALFALFA 5. David Reid, Renfrew, ON, Renfrew CLASS 21 - FIRST CUT ALFALFA (85% or more alfalfa)

1. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 2. Normand and Denis Leger, St. Isidore, ON, Prescott 3. Ferme Dlasept, St. Albert, ON, Russell CLASS 22 - First Cut Legume Other than Alfalfa 1. Nandale Farms Ltd., Pakenham, ON, Lanark 2. Normand & Denis Leger, St.Isidore, ON, Prescott 3. Francis Henderson, Brinston, ON, Dundas CLASS 23 - FIRST CUT LEGUME AND GRASS 1. Dwyre Farm, Elgin, ON, Leeds 2. Normand & Denis Leger, St.Isidore, ON, Prescott 3. Ferme Dlasept, St.Albert, ON, Russell CLASS 24 - FIRST CUT GRASS (85% or more grass) 1. Dwyre Farm, Elgin, ON, Leeds 2. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 3. Claude Proc, Pakenham, ON, Lanark CLASS 25 - SECOND CUT ALFALFA OR OTHER LEGUME (85% or more legume) 1. Nandale Farms Ltd., Pakenham, ON, Lanark 2. Dwyre Farm, Elgin, ON, Leeds 3. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac CLASS 26 SECOND CUT MIXED LEGUME AND

GRASS (80% & 20% either way) 1. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 2. Nandale Farms Ltd., Pakenham, ON, Lanark 3. Claude Proc, Pakenham, ON, Lanark CLASS 27 - LARGE SQUARE OR ROUND BALE HAY -1ST cut 1. Bernard Grady, Crysler, ON, Stormont 2. Normand and Denis Leger, St. Isidore, ON, Prescott 3. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac CLASS 28 - LARGE SQUARE OR ROUND BALE HAY - 2ND cut 1. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 2. Christian Baumgartner, Navan, ON, Russell 3. Normand & Denis Leger, St. Isidore, ON, Prescott CLASS 29 - HAYLAGE 1. Gary Gordon, Inverary, ON, Frontenac 2. Glen Peever, Cobden, ON, Renfrew 3. BarbaraAnn/Michel/Kevin Glaude, Berwick, ON, Stormont CLASS 30A - BALED HALAGE 1st Cut 1. Francis Henderson, Brinston, ON, Dundas 2. Ferme Dlasept, St. Albert, ON, Russell 3. Ian Porteous, Winchester, ON, Dundas

CLASS 30B - BALED HALAGE 2nd Cut 1. Normand and Denis Leger, St. Isidore, ON, Prescott 2. Gunnebrooke Farm Ltd., Elgin, ON, Leeds 3. Fernand Menard, Russell, ON, Russell CLASS 31 - OAT AND/OR BARLEY SILAGE 1. Gunnebrooke Farm Ltd., Elgin, ON, Leeds 2. BarbaraAnn/Michel/Kevin Glaude, Berwick, ON, Stormont CLASS 32A PROCESSED CORN SILAGE 1. Gunnebrooke Farm Ltd., Elgin, ON, Leeds 2. Ken Overvest, Alfred, ON, Prescott 3. Tomlyn Farms, Cobden, ON, Renfrew CLASS 32B - NOT PROCESSED CORN SILAGE 1. BarbaraAnn/Michel/Kevin Glaude, Berwick, ON, Stormont 2. Francis Henderson, Brinston, ON, Dundas 3. Steele Acre Farms Inc., Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orignal, ON, Prescott CLASS 33 - GRAIN CORN 1. Tibben Farms Inc., Brinston, ON, P9855, Dundas 2. Tibben Farms Inc., Brinston, ON, 37Y14, Dundas continued on page 19b

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The AgriNews March, 2013, Page 19B 2. Sr. Jannah Vanderlaan, Embrun, ON, Russell Williamsburg, ON, Dundas 3. Jr. Lianne Quesnel, Vars, CLASS 57 - SEWING ON, Russell 1. Jr. Erica Wilson, 1. Sr. Robyn RochonFournier, ON, Prescott Kaiser, Kinburn, ON, 2. Jr. Kyle Wilson, Carleton Fournier, ON, Prescott CLASS 59 - ANY ITEM 3. Jr. Sydney Devries, STITCHERY Finch, ON, Stormont 1. Jr. Erika Wilson, CLASS 58 - ANY CRAFT Fournier, ON, Prescott ITEM 2. Jr. Emma Wilson, Apple 1. Jr. Maddison Barkley, Hill, ON, Glengarry Inkerman, ON, Dundas 2. Jr. Melissa Brisson, Continued on page 21B

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place March 13 at 12 noon. The 20th annual seed sale for CHEO will be held March 14, once again at 12 noon. All events are at the Seed Growers booth, number 1231. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had tremendous generosity shown by our exhibitors and visitors at the sale,â&#x20AC;? Hudson noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the event began, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raised $95,000 for CHEO. We hope to surpass $100,000 this year.â&#x20AC;? The research projects are sponsored by Art McElroy and PhytoGene Resources, and by Scott Banks and Gilles Quesnel with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. McElroy is looking into identification of oat crown rust resistant genes, while the OMAFRA staffers are investigating several field crop issues, everything from fungicides on soybeans and manganese on spring wheat, to curtailing pests such as aphids and the western bean cutworm. Another OVSGA funding priority is the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame that directors voted to give $1,000 to this year. The Seed Growers have partnered with the Hall of Fame organization and with Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph to establish a mini Eastern Ontario hall that was recently renovated.







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Grass beef farmer outlines water management techniques and drinking water from the stream. In the 1990s, Dobson noticed the water becoming degraded and a few problems with the cattle. There was very little vegetation along the stream, except for a few trees dying of Dutch Elm disease. By 1998, the herd grew to almost 200 animals. At the time, the calves were sold as a commodity to feedlots in southwestern Ontario. Because the farm is on rolling land, with some hills at 45 degrees, and visible erosion on the tops of some hills and slopes, Dobson decided half the farm should never be tilled. In the 1980s, Dobson started replacing trees and shrubs that had been removed from along the fence lines. In 1987, he installed their first alternative livestock watering system at a cost of $3200. This   of a concrete consisted water trough in the creek. The  water runs through the

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Today Rob Dobsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm in the Ottawa Valley is a picture of environmental health. It has a clean stream running through it, vegetation along the banks and cattle grazing in lush fields. In the 1990s it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t such a pretty scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we got the fence and eliminated cattle from the stream, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite an improvement,â&#x20AC;? he told participants at his Eco Farm Day presentation on water management. Dobson took over the family farm in the 1970s. At the time, it ressembled other farms in the area,   with cattle grazing right down to the Snake River 


trough and the cattle reach over the edge to drink. The trough â&#x20AC;&#x153;virtually eliminated pollution from the creekâ&#x20AC;?, Dobson said. With a reliable water system for the cattle, they started to fence the creek and plant trees and shrubs in the strip between. Wildlife started to move in and the stream was buffered from spring and field runoff. In 1994, they excavated an 80-foot diameter, 10-foot deep pond in an area that Dobson knew to be wet from his childhood. In digging, they hit flat fractured limestone rock and water poured out. This Artesian spring is fed by neighboursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tile drains and year-round springs on nearby farms. They installed the first of two solar pumping systems with a 70-80 ft. panel, well tiles under the pond surface and two eight-inch water lines that go 600 ft. across the farm to a 1,000 gallon trough. Continued on page 23b


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Grass fed water management techniques Continued from page 22B At a cost of $5500, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this system works excellently,â&#x20AC;? Dobson said. It provided for the largest herd of about 125 cows and 125 calves.

The AgriNews March, 2013 Page 23B â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to get as many wins or payback as we could. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if it was for us or the environment, or some bird,â&#x20AC;? he said. Dobson explained that in March, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes necessary to break the ice in the trough. Also, an electronic float tied to steel inside the cement sends a signal 600 feet to the pump. When cattle drink about 50 per cent of the water, the pump comes on automatically and fills the trough. The third watering system was installed in the creek in an area that is difficult for equipment and cattle to access the other side. It is also intermittently dry. They

injecting huge amounts of water and chemicals underground to create fractures in rock and free natural gas locked into shale deposits. Furthermore, free trade agreements weaken the Canadian governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to protect our resources from private foreign companies. Although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ban on fracking in Quebec, according to chapter 11 in NAFTA, an American company can sue the Canadian government for changing the rules. She said Canadians should be concerned about the Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA) which is encountering opposition from communities because the cost of drugs could go up. Local food programs and seed saving might also be disallowed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a big issue for local farmers,â&#x20AC;? she said. Barlow stood with farmers, First Nations and local community members in their opposition to Site 41, a North Simcoe landfill site that would sit on the Alliston aquifer, tested as having the â&#x20AC;&#x153;purest water in the world.â&#x20AC;? By holding prayer vigils and protests, they reversed county councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision on the waste site in Sept. 2009. Barlow said it was the mayor of Tiny Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandchildren who finally influenced their grandfather to change his anti-protester outlook to one of stewardship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m speaking to you now as steward to steward,â&#x20AC;? she said. In thanking Barlow for her message of passion and compassion, Eco Farm chair Tom Manley said he had a hard job, but summed up his feelings like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here for ourselves, our children and grandchildren and the future. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do a good job of it.â&#x20AC;?

made a low level crossing with a cement pad, fenced on each side, where the cattle come to drink. This third project cost about $1500, and is used by the cattle a limited number of days in the year. Although Dobson paid the entire cost of the first $3200 project, he had funding from the Snake River Woodlands Wildlife program for the $5500 pond project and in recent years, had 30 to 50 per cent funding from the Environmental Farm Plan for their projects. The EFP is very useful for planning purposes and protecting the ecosystem.

Currently, Dobson has about 60 cows that are all grass fed. The crops consist of grass, legumes, hay fields and pasture and the cows graze rotationally between hay and pasture. They stay outside all year round, make use of planted shelterbelts and are rarely sick, unlike the first few years of the cattle operation. Thus there is no need for antibiotics, growth hormones or spraying the fields. Now instead of selling his weaned calves as a commodity, Dobson markets grass fed beef to customers all around the Ottawa Valley and hosts farm tours that show off a clean river and thriving ecosystem.

Barlow Continued from page 15B Some parts of the world are at the bottom of their aquifers now. And according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the vast Ogallala aquifer that extends under the Great Plains from Texas to South Dakota, a most important source for agriculture, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be gone in our lifetime. These are stunning statistics,â&#x20AC;? she said. Barlow said â&#x20AC;&#x153;virtual waterâ&#x20AC;?, or water used in the production of commodities such as beef and grain, is responsible for the export of tons of water from Canada. She said a full third of American daily water use is in exports such as cotton and biofuels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are we going? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running out of accessible clean water that people can use on a daily basis,â&#x20AC;? she said. Barlow said the Canada Water Act is 42 years old and has no drinking water standards or care of the resource. Last year, Bill C-45 slashed two tools of environmental protection, the Fisheries Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, leaving 99 per cent of Canadian rivers and lakes unprotected at the federal level. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her view that water should not be a commodity for exploitation by private interests, but viewed as a resource for everyone, protected by legislation and policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canada is wide open to companies who come in and there are no rules. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own much of our minerals, forests or energy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in U.S. and global hands,â&#x20AC;? she said. A new threat is posed by fracking, the practice of

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