By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News
The thing Barry Kearney enjoys about being innovative in his planter business is it helps farmers achieve their goals when it comes to planting crops.
Kearney, owner of Kearney Planters, near Thamesville, was recognized as the Agricultural Innovator of the Year during the 68th annual Rural Urban Dinner, hosted by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Sarah Campbell, 16, who lives on a cash crop farm near Chatham, received the 4-H Member of the Year award and Louis and Clara Roesch were honoured as Agriculturists of the Year.
Kearney Planters has gained a strong reputation for providing custom-built planters and attachments to provide farmers with a planter that suits their specific needs.
Kearney said the latest innovation created by the company is a deflector – tested through the University of Guelph – used when planting seeds treated with neonicotinoids – a pesticide product that has drawn criticism for its impact on bee populations.
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