Lo­cal farm rec­og­nized for en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

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