August 14, 2016 — Sudbury, ON. The annual summer directors’ meeting of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) was held in Sudbury District, starting at the Emiry Family farm, in Massey, Ontario. Mack was the 1st Vice President of OSCIA and has been acclaimed as the President Elect, setting the stage to be named President in 2017. He represents the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury, and Temiskaming in the North Eastern Ontario Region. Emiry Farms, is a family run farm operated by Mack, his wife Beth, along with their sons Keith and Alan, as well as Mack’s brother George and even some grandchildren.

Mack Emiry, Sudbury District, Acclaimed as OSCIA President Elect

Mack Emiry, Sudbury District, Acclaimed as OSCIA President Elect

Emiry Farms operates an 800 acre farm in the Massey area, and their property became a “Century Farm” in 2013. The Emiry family milk approximately 110 cows in a free stall barn using robotic milking technology. Crops are planted using reduced tillage where possible. They grow forages, silage corn, barley and soybeans. Soybeans and some dry hay are sold as cash crops and the rest of the production provides the feed requirements for their 200 head of animals on the farm. The farm also provides the land base for a 10 acre pick-your-own/ready pick strawberry operation, owned by Alan and Joanne Emiry. “Emiry Farms makes a strong effort in treating our land with respect and leaving it in better health for future generations” says Mack Emiry. “We are assisted in doing this through the opportunities provided by OSCIA such as Environmental Farm Plan Workshops and Growing Your Farm Profits Workshops. Field trials, demonstrations, information days and bus trips are the type of activities provided through OSCIA from which we derive great benefit.”

Mack Emiry is the first director from Sudbury to become the OSCIA President Elect. The last OSCIA President from the North Eastern region was Murray Cochrane in 2009, who farms in Algoma. Murray and his wife Norma were able to join in on the Summer meeting tours and commented that “The summer meeting in the Sudbury district showcased the diversity of agriculture in the North along with the challenges and opportunities that exists. By focusing on the opportunities, Emiry Farms have proved that farming in the North has a bright future.” OSCIA’s President Gord Green commented that “Mack and Beth, along with their family did a great job in presenting the diversification of North Eastern Ontario agriculture to their fellow directors, past presidents, their families and guests.”

OSCIA’s mission is to facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices.

For further information, contact:

Mack Emiry, President Elect (705-865-2249) or Andrew Graham, Executive Director (519-826-4216)

For pictures of the event please contact: avandepeer@ontariosoilcrop.org

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