This week’s guest commentary comes from Bruce Webster, Board Member, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
September signals the start of many activities. The back to school routine brings a welcome order back to many households. Grain bins are filling up. And the growing season’s efforts are starting to tally up.
September is also the season of farm shows and fairs. The perfect meeting grounds to jumpstart planning for the coming year, compare stories with your neighbours, and pick up new ideas, technologies and innovations that feed and fuel the agriculture industry.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) will be on hand at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo to meet with members and talk about the issues of the day.
OFA is a proud founding partner of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – that runs from September 15th to 17th outside Woodstock. OFA board and staff will be on hand in OFA’s Federation House, and invite members to drop by for a special OFA Member Appreciation lunch on Tuesday, September 15 from 12 noon to 2 pm. We’ll be serving up fresh corn on the cob, refreshments and conversation.
Federation House is also where OFA members can visit with many of our Benefit Program Partners about the exclusive discounts, offers and programs available to OFA members. And there are always great prizes to be won. Bring your OFA member card to enter.
When it comes to showcasing new opportunities and markets for Ontario agriculture, OFA is once again taking part in special biomass demonstrations at the Outdoor Farm Show with daily corn stalk baling demonstrations in the Southwest Demo Field.
After the Outdoor Farm Show, OFA is heading to the International Plowing Match on September 22nd to 26th at Finch, Ontario in the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The 2015 IPM theme is “Link to the Past, Look to the Future.” The Stormont Federation of Agriculture is a proud friend of the IPM 2015.
OFA looks forward to meeting our members around the province this fall. We are working on a number of important issues with government and policymakers, and want to hear about the legislation and regulations that are impacting your farm business. And also take the time to just enjoy a conversation and catch up.