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4-H 100 years old PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013 11:49
CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF HELPING TO SHAPE AGRICULTURAL LEADERS OF THE FUTURE
The Canadian 4-H Council has announced a series of ambitious initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
The first club opened in Roland, Manitoba in 1913 and for the last century, 4-H has continued to play an important role in helping young people develop the self-confidence and skills needed to become well-rounded and responsible citizens.
“More than two million young Canadians have enriched their lives and the lives of others through their 4-H experience,” said Council President Rob Black. “Our centennial celebrations and activities reflect that legacy and point the organization towards to the future.”
The 4-H centennial projects include:
• A national food drive that will see 4-H members and clubs across Canada collect food and cash donations for local food banks with the objective of setting a record for the most food collected by an organization in one year.
• A centennial gala evening to be held in May in Winnipeg to give a nod to the importance of food production, sustainability and the role of youth as future agricultural leaders.
• A campaign called “$100 for 100 Years” that will give past and present 4-H members,  their families and clubs an opportunity to donate to a legacy fund for future programming;
• A Canada Post issued commemorative envelope marking the 4-H centennial;
• A video competition called Shout Out for Ag to give 4-Hers the opportunity  to create a 30-second video expressing a positive message about agriculture.
• As an extension to 4-H provincial public speaking programs, 4-H Canada will make available videos of the final provincial competitions on its website.
• A living history Web site to showcase and celebrate the past and present of 4-H in Canada.
• A global 4-H Youth Ag Summit to be held in Calgary,  Alberta in August 2013, that will bring together 120 delegates from more than 20 countries to discuss how to overcome the challenges of feeding a growing world population.
Supported by the Canadian 4-H Foundation, sponsors and donors, the Canadian 4-H Council through its staff, organizes and coordinates national and international conferences, exchanges, scholarships which focus on leadership development, career choices in agriculture, technology transfer and other pressing issues affecting rural communities and their young people.◊
CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF HELPING TO SHAPE AGRICULTURAL LEADERS OF THE FUTURE
The Canadian 4-H Council has announced a series of ambitious initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
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FORAGE FOCUS 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:39
The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Forage Focus Conference 2012, this years’ theme is:  “Managing Profitable Forages Now and for the Future”.  The conference will be held in Winchester on Tuesday, November 27th at the Winchester Community Centre, and in Shakespeare on Wednesday, November 28th at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall.  Presentations are CEU accredited.
This years’ keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Hutjens from the University of Illinois.  Dr Hutjens will be speaking on two topics, ”The Role of Forages for a Profitable Operation”, and “Lessons Learned from a Challenging Season”.  Dr. Hutjens has won awards from the Illinois Milk Producers, Holstein Association and the University, but he is also very active in all forms of media.  You can watch him on YouTube, iTunes, Webinar, catch his blog on Dairyline.com, read his articles in Hoard’s Dairyman, and on Googlebooks, and even watch his presentations online.  The Ontario Forage Council welcomes Dr. Hutjens to Ontario, an enthusiastic speaker with information that you can put to use immediately.
Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, OMAFRA will speak on “Coping with the Forage Challenges of 2012”.  There will also be a representative from Agricorp present to explain the benefits of “Crop Production Insurance, Now and in the Future”.
The cost of this years’ conference is $40, and includes conference proceedings and a hot roast beef lunch.  Books of 10 tickets are available at a reduced rate to treat customers, or staff.  Registration deadline is November 23rd, registrations will be accepted at the door, but may not include the hot roast beef lunch.  Registration is available by phone, or mail.  Visa and Mastercard accepted by phone.  Please make cheques payable to the Ontario Forage Council.
Tradeshow and sponsorship opportunities are still available for both days of this conference.  Spaces will fill quickly, so don’t hesitate.  Forage Focus is an excellent opportunity to advertise your business in the eastern part of the province!
For more information on sponsorship/tradeshow opportunities, or to register please contact:
Ontario Forage Council
Ray Robertson, Manager or Patricia Ellingwood, Executive Assistant
Phone:  (519)986-1484, or 1-877-892-8663
Po Box 463
Markdale, Ontario
N0C 1H0
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FORAGE FOCUS 2012 NOVEMBER 28 IN SHAKESPEARE
The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Forage Focus Conference 2012, this years’ theme is:  “Managing Profitable Forages Now and for the Future”.  The conference will be held in Winchester on Tuesday, November 27th at the Winchester Community Centre, and in Shakespeare on Wednesday, November 28th at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall.  Presentations are CEU accredited.
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GFO ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:03
GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS IN 2012
GUELPH, ON (July 3, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce an advance to the initial
payments for pool participants in the 2012 marketing year.
All farmers willing to pre-commit to the marketing department’s pooling program prior to July 31, 2012,
are entitled to $20 per tonne paid in addition to the initial payment upon delivery of pool wheat at
harvest. This offer is available for a limited time and is open to all pools with the exception of Pool G –
Feed.
“The decision to make an advance on the pool initial payment this year through a pre-commitment
offer was made to provide our members additional cash flow at harvest and provide an extended
marketing window to our sales staff,” says Grain Farmers of Ontario vice president Ryan Brown.
The initial payments for the 2012 Grain Farmers of Ontario pool are:
Soft White Winter (Pool A) - $140.00
Hard Red Winter (Pool B) - $145.00
Hard Red Spring (Pool C) - $158.00
Soft Red Wheat (Pool E) - $135.00
Hard Red (Pool F) - $135.00
Feed (Pool G) - $108.00
For additional flexibility at harvest, any farmer with a pre-commitment to the pool can choose to roll
their contract into a forward or cash contract at any time prior to the September 30 pool deadline to
take advantage of favourable market prices for a low administrative fee of $4 per tonne.
“We are working to make the pool an attractive marketing option to our members because
fundamentally it is a great, consistent program,” says marketing manager Todd Austin. “Given the
reality of today’s volatile markets, the pool is a great risk management tool that allows members to
participate in the market throughout the year.”
Farmers can pre-commit to the pool before July 31 by calling the Grain Farmers of Ontario office to
speak with a marketing representative. Grain Farmers of Ontario marketing staff are also available to
answer any questions on the program or provide additional marketing services at 1-800-265-0550.
GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS IN 2012
GUELPH, ON (July 3, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce an advance to the initial
payments for pool participants in the 2012 marketing year.
All farmers willing to pre-commit to the marketing department’s pooling program prior to July 31, 2012,
are entitled to $20 per tonne paid in addition to the initial payment upon delivery of pool wheat at
harvest. This offer is available for a limited time and is open to all pools with the exception of Pool G –
Feed.
“The decision to make an advance on the pool initial payment this year through a pre-commitment
offer was made to provide our members additional cash flow at harvest and provide an extended
marketing window to our sales staff,” says Grain Farmers of Ontario vice president Ryan Brown.
The initial payments for the 2012 Grain Farmers of Ontario pool are:
Soft White Winter (Pool A) - $140.00
Hard Red Winter (Pool B) - $145.00
Hard Red Spring (Pool C) - $158.00
Soft Red Wheat (Pool E) - $135.00
Hard Red (Pool F) - $135.00
Feed (Pool G) - $108.00
For additional flexibility at harvest, any farmer with a pre-commitment to the pool can choose to roll
their contract into a forward or cash contract at any time prior to the September 30 pool deadline to
take advantage of favourable market prices for a low administrative fee of $4 per tonne.
“We are working to make the pool an attractive marketing option to our members because
fundamentally it is a great, consistent program,” says marketing manager Todd Austin. “Given the
reality of today’s volatile markets, the pool is a great risk management tool that allows members to
participate in the market throughout the year.”
Farmers can pre-commit to the pool before July 31 by calling the Grain Farmers of Ontario office to
speak with a marketing representative. Grain Farmers of Ontario marketing staff are also available to
answer any questions on the program or provide additional marketing services at 1-800-265-0550.
 
BUDGET DETAILS NEEDED PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 12:50
CANADIAN FARMERS NEED  BUDGET DETAILS, CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE SAYS
The federal budget announced Jue 6 focused on balancing the books, raising questions on what the ultimate impact of this budget will be on Canadian farmers.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture believes agriculture can play a key role in addressing environmental and economic issues facing Canadians and it encourages the government to keep this in mind as fiscal plans unfold.
"Farmers understand the need to operate with balanced budgets; however, we are concerned how departmental cuts will affect services that could impact the sector and its growth. AAFC for example has seen their total funding cut 42% from an average of $4.5 billion between 2004-2008 to $2.57 billion today. Similar cuts have been made to other departments linked to agriculture. Few details were given with respect to where or when the cuts will occur. Any changes to funding need to be strategic and not negatively affect the farmers' business, as livelihoods are at stake as well as the success of an industry that is a key driver of our country's economy" said Ron Bonnett, CFA President.
"More than ever," he continued, "we need to have a long-term plan of where we are going to guide strategic spending and to enhance agriculture's economic opportunity."
Canadians have been calling on the government for a national strategy for food. The CFA was pleased to see the Conservatives commit to developing a 'National Farm and Food Strategy' in their election platform, but would have liked to see it introduced as a priority item for the government in the Speech from the Throne and the federal budget. The CFA urges the government to work with industry on a National Food Strategy.
Concerning other long-term investments, the CFA was encouraged to see investments in agricultural research were retained in the budget , allotting $50 million to an Agriculture Innovation Initiative.
The CFA is also pleased to see the government will be expanding international markets for farmers; has promised to continue to work closely with industry in the development of Growing Forward II, the next suite of agricultural policy and programs to begin April 2013; committed funds to improve detection of food borne illnesses, and has restated its commitment to supply management - a proven and effective producer-designed marketing tool.
The government is allotting $58 million to projects to improve understanding of climate change impacts. As agriculture is one of the sectors most affected by climate change, the CFA recommends much of this money be invested into exploring the impacts on the sector and production patterns.
The CFA, however, is concerned with the government's plan to introduce legislation this autumn that will end the Canadian Wheat Board's (CWB) marketing power on wheat and barley in 2012. The CFA insists the government respect the CWB Act and hold a clear producer plebiscite before any legislation is introduced, leaving the choice to the farmers themselves. The CFA also requests the government share its business plan on how a dual marketing structure could work, outlining the full range of impacts, including impacts to research.
The CFA and its members remain committed to working with the government in true partnership to define the needs and opportunities of the agricultural sector.
CANADIAN FARMERS NEED  BUDGET DETAILS, CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE SAYS
The federal budget announced June 6 focused on balancing the books, raising questions on what the ultimate impact of this budget will be on Canadian farmers.
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Ontario Plowmen’s Association PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:14
ONTARIO PLOWMEN’S ASSOCIATION
CELEBRATES ONE HUNDRED YEARS
The Ontario Plowmen’s Association, established on January 6, 2011, are bringing their Centennial Celebrations to Prescott-Russell on June 11.  President Bob Hammell extends an invitation to all to join in the events being held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds.
The skills of plowing will be highlighted at the “In-The-Field” workshops being held at the farm of Cecil Cass beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11th.  Special guests Mr. Lynn McDonald, President of the Canadian Plowing Organization and Mr. Tom Cochrane, world ploughing judge from Ireland will share their plowing expertise.  Featured will be the modern reversible plowing and will include a display by Kverneland Canada Inc.  Horse plowing, antique plowing and conventional plowing will also be showcased.
The Centennial Celebrations will continue back at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds where a barbeque and refreshments will begin to be served at 4:00 p.m.  The presentation of Centennial Awards to plowing enthusiasts for their provincial participation over the past 25, 50 and 50 years will be a highlight.  Displays of historical memorabilia of the past successes of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, its 48 Branch organizations and their members will impress visitors
The Local Organizing Committee and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association are also preparing for the 2011 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo being held in Chute-a-Blondeau from September 20th to 24th.  This is one of the largest events ever to be hosted in the area and one not to be missed.
The massive Tented City will be on Ferme Kirby Farm.  A special presentation of the Mayor’s Chain of Office will be made during the Centennial Celebrations to Robert Kirby, co-owner of Ferme Kirby Farm.  Mr. Kirby is also the Major of East Hawkesbury, the host municipality.
All are welcome to the Centennial Celebrations.  There is no charge for the “In-The-Field” Workshops.  Tickets are only $15.00 for the Barbeque and Dance.  Children 12 and under are free.  Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling the International Plowing Match office at 613-           675-2929 or the Ontario Plowmen’s Association office at 1-800-661-7569 (519-767-2928).
ONTARIO PLOWMEN’S ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ONE HUNDRED YEARS
The Ontario Plowmen’s Association, established on January 6, 2011, are bringing their Centennial Celebrations to Prescott-Russell on June 11.  President Bob Hammell extends an invitation to all to join in the events being held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds.
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