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UAV takes scouting to a higher level

Story first published in November 2013 edition of Ontario Grain Farmer By Blair Andrews Thompsons is taking precision agriculture to new heights with an aerial scouting drone that was launched this year. E.A.R.L. – an acronym for Enhanced Aerial Reconnaissance

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Posted in Crops

Concerns about crop quality and yield linger after heavy storms

A little more rain in Chatham-Kent overnight (July 27) to go along with the deluge some farms have received this growing season. In a story I wrote a couple of weeks ago for the Chatham Voice, I talked to Dale

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Posted in Crops, Environment

Farming Stories in FACES

Here are some excerpts from two farm-related stories featured in the recent 2012 FACES of Chatham-Kent, a special section of the Chatham Daily News, dedicated to the success stories of people, business and industry in the area To see more,

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Posted in Crops, Environment, Local Food

Farmer Finds Market Stability With Organic Pork

“I always knew I wanted to farm; I just had to figure out how to do it.” That’s how Rock Geluk of the Ridgetown area sums up his decision to go into organic pork production.  Geluk operates Gelro Farms with his wife Stephanie.

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Posted in Crops, Livestock, Local Food

FarmzOnWheelz A Hit With School Groups

The FarmzOnWheelz project of the Ontario Farm Animal Council received an enthusiastic response from school groups during its recent stop in Ridgetown. The traveling exhibit, built by the Ontario Science Centre, was on display at the Ridgetown District High School

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Posted in Audio Files, Crops, Energy, Environment, Food Safety, Livestock, Local Food

Asparagus Farm Grows Opportunities

The combination of helping the less fortunate and providing Canadian students with valuable volunteer service is what drives an Ontario farm business to guide a school building project in Guatemala. Ken Wall, a partner in the Shore Group, explained the

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Posted in Audio Files, Crops, Environment, Local Food

Chatham-Kent’s Local Food Promotion On The Web

A new web site promoting local food and other farm products in Chatham-Kent is now on-line. The site – buylocalbuyfreshchathamkent.com – was officially launched Tuesday (March 23) at Smith and Wilson Estate Wines in Cedar Springs. It is an extension

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Posted in Audio Files, Crops, Environment, Food Safety, Livestock, Local Food

Farm Tours Entertain & Educate

The weather was picture-perfect on Sunday, September 13 for the 12th Annual Round the County Agriculture Tour, hosted by the Kent Federation of Agriculture.   Four farms in the south-central portion of Chatham-Kent opened their gates to give visitors a closer look

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Posted in Crops, Environment, Livestock, Local Food

Connecting Agriculture, Food & Tourism

A new food festival in southwestern Ontario is off to a great start. Thousands of people packed Tecumseh Park for the first ever Chatham Sunrise Rotary Ribfest that was held July 3-5 (2009).     Local media reports were estimating

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Posted in Livestock, Local Food

Competitive Boost For Cucumber Shipper

Ontario is helping Thames Van Farms Ltd. of Chatham-Kent create jobs and become a globally competitive cucumber grading facility. The province is providing more than $1 million to help retrofit a green shipping facility. A “green” shipper is a facility

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Posted in Crops, Local Food, Trade
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