Tier One Grant 2020/2021 Summaries

Detailed below are the Tier One Grants that were supported through the 2020/2021 funding year. The summaries of the completed projects have been compiled and provided under the following headings:


Field Trials 
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Speakers At Events
Name of Project: Spring Meeting
Local/Regional Association: Heartland Regional SCIA
Contact Name: Mary Feldskov
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The Heartland Spring meeting is an important event that brings together approximately 100 farmers from across our region to share information about sustainable farming practices. Our morning session was with Gary Zimmer from Midwest BioAg in Wisconsin. Gary shared his more than 40 years of experience applying conservation and organic practices on his farm and through his consulting business. Our afternoon speaker was Peter Johnson, who presented about the challenges, and the opportunities, that come with climate change. While there may be debate about how it is occurring, the fact is that it is occurring, and he encouraged the growers in attendance to factor climate change into their farm management and agronomic plans. The day ended with a panel with Peter, Gary and Huron County farmer Rick Kootstra.
Attendance at events: 100

 


Bus Trips/ Crop Tours
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Conferences/ Events/ Misc.
Name of Project: Road Safety Grower Day
Local/Regional Association: Norfolk SCIA
Contact Name: Tracey Kloepfer-Court
Description of Completed Project and what was Achieved/Learned: The NSCIA hosted a Road Safety information day for members on March 10, 2020 in Courtland. Officers from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the Ontario Provincial Police were on hand to make a presentation to the attendees regarding updated regulations to the Highway Traffic Act and who this relates to farm equipment and it’s operators. During the presentations it was open to questions from the floor which was greatly used by the attendees to ask about their own operations. There were various tractors and implements of differing sizes as well as a transport truck and trailer loaded with an excavator. This was used to discuss tie downs, wide load parameters and other questions from the floor. The event was open to all. Members attended for free, non-members were asked to purchase a membership at the door. We were able to increase our membership by 14 at this meeting.
Attendance at Event: 55



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