Common sense reaps rewards
Retired Glengarry producer Doug Sova believes following family tradition has helped him make sound decisions in his line of work. That common sense attitude helped him win this year’s award of merit.
Mr. Sova, 61, a member of Glengarry Soil and Crop Improvement Association (SCIA) for close to 14 years, received the award for his farming achievement and longtime dedication to the association at the recent annual general meeting in Alexandria.
He ran a small family dairy farm in Glen Roy before retiring a number of years ago and also produced corn and soybeans. He believes small dairy farmers such as himself have made progress by forging ahead using trusted strategies.
“You learn from generations before on how to make do and how to make things work,” Mr. Sova said, adding using older equipment helps to keep costs manageable.
Glengarry SCIA’s new president Mark Fraser recognized Mr. Sova for his innovation in farming practices.
Mr. Sova said he has followed in his father’s footsteps. “He was somewhat of an innovator,” recalled Mr. Sova. “It’s a small farm so you are not going to have things that will show up on the world-stage, but it makes a difference for your own farm.”
He added following proper crop rotation methods is a practical way to be environmentally conscious and maintain smart stewardship practices. “We were a dairy farm so we grew hay; it’s good to include hay in your rotation,” Mr. Sova added. He started dairy farming in 1975 after attending Kemptville College.
“I worked all my life on the farm as I grew up,” he said. “I’ve spent probably 35 years as a dairy farmer.” He hopes more people can participate and be active in organizations such as the Glengarry Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and also share their farming knowledge at similar gatherings.
“You’re bound to learn something if you do enough of it,” he relates. After winning the merit award, Mr. Sova, a former association president, said he was “speechless,” adding: “It’s nice to be recognized.”
Mr. Fraser observed: “Doug has shown great enthusiasm for agricultural innovation, whether it be the latest machinery or technology, or a piece of agricultural history that has improved the way we farm today.” Mr. Fraser also commended the award winner for being a strong supporter of good soil management that delivers healthy yields, as well as ensuring good environmental stewardship.
He said Mr. Sova’s dedication to the SCIA “set the standard” for others to follow.
LONG-TIME SUPPORT: Award of merit recipient Doug Sova, left, with Glengarry Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s 2016 president Mark Fraser at the recent annual general meeting in Alexandria.