Local farm recognized for environmental efforts
The Stanstead dairy farm
Ferme M. Grenier et
fils, run by Anita Grenier and Rock Simard and their two sons, Benoit et Alain, has been selected as one of the four finalists for the new Dairy Farm Sustainability Award.
“This Award recognizes farms with innovative practices that go beyond industry standards and generally recommended practices to reduce their environmental footprint,” said Mr. Wally Smith, the President of
Dairy Farmers of Canada. “While this is the first year DFC offers a sustainability
award, sustainable dairy practices are not new. They’ve been passed on by generations of farmers who learn more everyday and do a better job with each passing day.”
The other three farms vying for the award are located in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario.
The winner will be announced on July 18, 2012 at DFC’s Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where they will receive a trophy and a $2,000 cash prize. The other three finalists will each receive $1,000. For more information on the four finalists, please visit dairyfarmers.ca
received 14 nominations, which a selection committee evaluated on the basis of environmental sustainability, financial viability, social benefits and the reproducibility of practices on other farms. In other words, these finalists hold successful family businesses, pay attention to details in caring for the land and contributing to strong local communities and are a reference for other farmers who want to continue improving their own practices.
Environment Canada reports that between 1990 and 2009, greenhouse gas emissions from dairy manure management and from cows (who are ruminants) decreased by 21%. In 50 years, the number of dairy cows in Canada has dropped by 50%, while we produced more milk with fewer resources (improved crops with fewer inputs, which also results in reduced emissions from farming.
The selection committee included sustainability experts from academia, government and other agricultural groups who reviewed the nominations and judged, from their diverse perspectives, the merit of farmers’ interest in sustainable development, their respect for the land and their innovative practices.