From a news release
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is joining with the Pollinator Partnership and Canadian Forage and Grassland Association in congratulating David Ainslie as the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. The annual award collects nominations from across Canada and recognizes the contributions Canadian farmers make towards protecting our country’s irreplaceable pollinators and pollinator habitats.
An innovative farmer who was among the first in his area of Essex County to adopt conservation farming techniques, such as no-till cropping, David Ainslie has worked tirelessly to incorporate his understanding of natural systems into his farm operation. By designating some 40 acres of his land as natural areas – featuring a woodlot, rock chutes, windbreaks and pollinator garden, just to name a few – David has succeeded in improving water quality and wildlife habitat on his farm, while proving that conservation efforts and conventional farming can work well together.
“The important contribution that pollinators have on our everyday lives cannot be overlooked, as they directly contribute to the production of one-third of the human diet,” said CFA President Ron Bonnett. “I commend Mr. Ainslie for his leadership in farmland conservation and innovative efforts in protecting pollinator habitats.”
Canada is home to more than 1,000 species of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, moths, bats and beetles, and are essential to the production of over $1 billion annually in Canadian produce such as apples, berries, squash, melons and much more. The indispensable impact that these species have on our country’s agricultural sector is why Canadian farmers are dedicated to finding long-term solutions that will further support the conservation of pollinators.
The CFA is proud to collaborate with the Pollinator Partnership and Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, encouraging conservation stewardship on Canada’s farms while showcasing positive advancements in the effort to protect pollinators.