Upcoming workshops and events for rural communities

The following events and awards are potentially of interest for residents and farmers in rural communities.

Grow Your Farm Profit Workshops

Grow Your Farm Profit (GYFP) workshops are now being offered across eastern Ontario. Farmers are invited to participate and learn more about Growing Forward 2 opportunities that will soon be available.

GYFP Workshop - Navan:

Day 1 – February 4, 2014

Day 2 – February 11, 2014

GYFP Workshop – North Gower:

Day 1 – March 20, 2014

Day 2 – March 27, 2014

Several other locations in eastern Ontario area are available. For more information and to register for workshops visit www.ontariosoilcrop.org.

Environmental Farm Plan Workshops

Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workshops are now being offered across eastern Ontario. Farmers are invited to participate to update their EFP and learn more about Growing Forward 2 opportunities that will soon be available.

EFP Workshop – Metcalfe:

Day 1 – February 27, 2014

Day 2 – March 6, 2014

For more information and to register for free workshops, including other available dates and locations in the Ottawa area, visit www.ontariosoilcrop.org.

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications for the 2014 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program are being accepted from January 10 to February 28, 2014. The program recognizes innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector.

Eligible applicants could receive one of

  • a Premier's Award ($75,000)
  • a Minister's Award ($50,000)
  • three Leaders in Innovation Awards ($25,000 each)
  • 45 provincial awards ($5,000 each)

Program applications will be reviewed by two independent panels made up of representatives from across Ontario's agri-food industry. For more information, visit http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/premier_award/.

Winter Woodlot Conference

Registration is now open for the 27th annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference to be held on Wednesday, February 19 at the W.B. George Centre on the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph. This annual educational and networking event is a must-attend for private woodlot owners, and associated commercial, service, government, and non-government organizations. Information: www.eomf.on.ca.

Dairy Farm Sustainability Award - call for nominations

Dairy Farmers of Canada is seeking nominations for its annual Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. The dairy farm sustainability award recognizes Canadian dairy farmers that have adopted on-farm management practices that extend beyond standard industry practice and meet the objectives defined in Dairy Farmers of Canada’s sustainability strategy to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms,
  • Promote the efficient and sustainable management of natural resources, and
  • Benchmark the socio-economic performance of Canadian dairy farms

Nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.  For more information, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca.