Author: Kim Cooper

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Bio: Kim Cooper has been involved in the agriculture sector for over 40 years and has worked in the past with M.J. Smith, King Grain, Thompsons, the Ontario Soybean Growers, Southwest Ag Partners, and is presently the Agriculture Specialist for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

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  • How Many Eggs Have You Eaten Today?

    Jul 11 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on How Many Eggs Have You Eaten Today?

    This week, let’s discover some interesting facts on farming that might be new to you. As always, if you have any ideas for a column, please let me know Canada is the world’s largest...

  • Ontario’s First Agriculture Fair Was Held In 1792

    Jul 4 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Ontario’s First Agriculture Fair Was Held In 1792

    The 2017 International Plowing Match Princess of the Furrow Brooklyn Hendriks rides with 2018 IPM mascot Tobe Cobe during the Dresden Exhibition parade on Friday, July 27, 2018. (David...

  • Spring Is Here, So Bring On The Asparagus

    Jun 24 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Spring Is Here, So Bring On The Asparagus

    Asparagus is finally here, which is a sure sign of spring. Many people wait all year for local asparagus to appear at roadside stands and food stores. Did you know that here in Chatham-Kent...

  • Canadian Food Products Are Labeled For a Reason

    Jun 17 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Canadian Food Products Are Labeled For a Reason

    Labels. What would we do without labels? There are labels on practically everything we buy, from cars to toys to computers. It seems at times we need a legal degree to understand some of...

  • The Wonder Of Agriculture Is Found In a Seed’s Germination

    Jun 10 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on The Wonder Of Agriculture Is Found In a Seed’s Germination

    The planting season has started for some crops, such as carrots, onions, sugar beets and peas, and in the weeks ahead, our Chatham-Kent producers will be getting the majority of their crops...

  • The Incredible Nutrition Found In Mushrooms

    Jun 6 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on The Incredible Nutrition Found In Mushrooms

    How many of you love cream of mushroom soup? Or how about mushrooms on your steak? Perhaps mushroom caps? Today, let’s have a closer look at this fascinating food crop. Many...

  • Few Foods Are As Canadian As Maple Syrup

    Jun 1 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Few Foods Are As Canadian As Maple Syrup

    The late Don Giffin from Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products, was a true farmer and maple syrup producer The maple syrup season is here, which is a sure sign of spring. Maple syrup is a truly...

  • Getting In Touch With Where Our Food Is Grown

    May 28 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Getting In Touch With Where Our Food Is Grown

    Jean-Marie Laprise holds up some banana peppers in a garden he planted on the site of the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo featuring almost 70 crops which are grown commercially...

  • Some Remarkable Stats About Chatham-Kent Agriculture

    May 21 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Some Remarkable Stats About Chatham-Kent Agriculture

    This large conveyor delivers tomatoes into the ConAgra Foods plant in Dresden, Ontario (Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News) What do you know about the crops we grow and the animals we raise...

  • Pork The World’s Most Consumed Meat, And Other Things You Didn’t Know About Agriculture

    May 14 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Pork The World’s Most Consumed Meat, And Other Things You Didn’t Know About Agriculture

    Let’s look this week at some interesting facts on farming that you might not know. Did you know that greenhouse gas is not actually gas coming from a greenhouse? It is a series of gases...

  • What Abe Lincoln’s Envoy Found In The Buxton Area

    May 8 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on What Abe Lincoln’s Envoy Found In The Buxton Area

    I have mentioned many times that the agriculture sector in Chatham-Kent is complex and innovative.  But it is also rich in history. February is Black History Month, and I thought I...

  • The Day God Made a Farmer

    Apr 11 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on The Day God Made a Farmer

    Last week we celebrated Canada Agriculture Day, so this article honours our past, present and future farmers. “So God Made a Farmer” was the name of a speech given by the radio...

  • Volunteer Firefighters Answer To a High Calling

    Apr 9 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Volunteer Firefighters Answer To a High Calling

    There are many facets of agricultural life that go beyond the actual farm, yet still have a very important role in our farming community. Some of the 340 volunteer firefighters who serve...

  • God Also Made Farmers’ Wives

    Mar 24 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on God Also Made Farmers’ Wives

    Becky Chapple  “So God Made a Farmer” was written by radio broadcaster Paul Harvey in 1975. The speech was an extension of the Genesis creation narrative referring to God’s...

  • 278 Acres Of Trees Planted In Chatham-Kent Since 2016

    Mar 1 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on 278 Acres Of Trees Planted In Chatham-Kent Since 2016

    Chuck Pegg and Greg Van Every, environmental project coordinator with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, plant trees on Pegg’s property in the Rondeau Bay area June 6,...

  • Food Freedom Day In Chatham-Kent

    Feb 12 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Food Freedom Day In Chatham-Kent

    The Kent Federation of Agriculture (KFA) partners with many of our Chatham-Kent growers and food processors to present local products for our area food banks.  They do this every year to...

  • Agriculture – So Much To Learn

    Feb 10 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Agriculture – So Much To Learn

    I trust 2019 will bring you health, joy, and a sense of peace in your hearts.  As we begin a new year, it is always good to look back and see where we have been in order to see where we...

  • Searching For The Christmas Star

    Feb 3 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Searching For The Christmas Star

    These weekly articles I bring to you try to highlight many important areas of agriculture and how they affect our daily lives. Today, I would like to share a true story that happened to me...

  • Real Christmas Trees Are Truly Green

    Jan 27 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Real Christmas Trees Are Truly Green

    Do you remember when you were younger when you went out and chopped down a Christmas tree, and cut down some branches to make beautiful decorations? Well, you can still do that, because...

  • Buying Chatham-Kent Food In The Winter

    Jan 19 | Kim Cooper | | Comments Off on Buying Chatham-Kent Food In The Winter

    Most of us realize the importance of buying quality food products for our family, as well as the importance of supporting our local producers. One of the questions I keep getting asked is...

Did you know?

Chatham-Kent Is The NUMBER TWO Producer Of Asparagus In All Of Ontario.



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