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It is Earth Day every day on Ontario’s farms

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by Kim Waalderbos

Share some Earth Day Love!  Here are ten things that Ontario farmers doing on their farms today and every day to improve the environment around them:

  1. Preserving Soil – Our very existence on this planet is dependent on a few inches of topsoil.  Over 2/3 of farmers use conservation tilling practices to help preserve that precious resource.
  2.  Reducing Greenhouse Gases – The carbon sequestered (saved in the soil) due to conservation tillage in Ontario equals 600 kilotonnes/year. That’s equivalent to taking 125,000 cars off the road each year. 
  3.  Environmental Farm Plans – Over 70% of Ontario farmers have taken a course, evaluated their farms’ environmental footprint and made improvements.
  4. Earth to Satellite - Our grandfathers couldn’t have dreamed that GPS satellites could map a field to show exactly what fertilizer or chemicals are needed in precise and reduced amounts, or sometimes none at all.
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Posted by Farm and Food Care on April 22nd, 2013 :: Filed under Earth Day,Environment,Uncategorized
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Beef farmers raise $70,000 for local cardiac rehab centre

By Lilian Schaer

Picton – A desire to give back to a community that supported them in their time of need led to a fundraising campaign by local beef farmers that has raised $70,000 for a cardiac rehabilitation program in Picton.

The donation by the Prince Edward County Cattlemen’s Association was instrumental in helping to establish an outpatient rehabilitation program with the Prince Edward Family Health Team – only the fourth such program in eastern Ontario – for people recovering from heart disease or cardiac surgery. Previously, patients had to travel as far as Kingston or Ottawa to access treatment.

Members of the Prince Edward Cattlemen’s Association at their successful steer show

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on April 18th, 2013 :: Filed under Agricultural Advocates,Auction sales,Beef cattle,Uncategorized
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Meet the faces of April in the 2013 Faces of Farming calendar

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By Kelly Daynard

The connection between turkey farming and riding motorcycles isn’t an obvious one for most people. But for the Vanderzanden family of St. Ann’s, Ontario, both are important parts of their lives.

The multi generation family of Harry, Paul, Steven and Evan are featured in the 2013 Faces of Farming calendar, published by Farm & Food Care Ontario. Their page is sponsored by Turkey Farmers of Ontario and they’re the first fourth generation family to ever appear in the calendar’s pages in its eight year history.

The four generation turkey-farming family of Harry, Paul, Steven and Evan Vanderzanden are the faces of April - and the cover image - on the 2013 Faces of Farming calendar

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on April 11th, 2013 :: Filed under Canada,Faces of Farming,Farm life,Turkeys,Uncategorized
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