Off to Wisconsin
Cassie Allen, of Alfred, is one of eight 4-H members who have won the 4-H Canada World Dairy Expo Competition, earning a trip to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin from October 1 to 5.
To qualify, these 4-Hers expressed their views on the importance of youth leaders and youth involvement in the dairy industry through a 500-word essay. Thanks to their skills, point of view and determination, they were selected to represent the 4-H community in Canada at the largest dairy cow event in North America, including a tour of key local agricultural attractions.
The young dairy leaders will have the unique opportunity to engage and network with industry leaders, mentors and employers who share the same passion for the dairy industry, further their knowledge and broaden their perspectives through discussions with experts, as well as express their leadership and enthusiasm for the industry being showcased.
‘‘This competition was designed as a unique learning opportunity for 4-H members as well as a platform for them to explore careers and express their leadership skills at an international conference,’’ said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. ‘‘This is a prime example of how we empower 4-H youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada.”
By Keith Currie, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Trespassing on farm property is a growing concern for Ontario farmers. From rural trail hikers detouring into a pasture to ATV drivers ruining crops, farmers have dealt with all types of unwanted visitors on the farm who leave varying degrees of damage. The latest threat to farmers, especially livestock farmers and transporters is the increasing risk of activists trespassing, invading, breaking into barns and harassing farmers, their families and employees.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is reminding all Ontario farmers to be aware of these ongoing threats and take precautions to prevent, or at least mitigate the consequences of any trespassers that threaten regular farm activities, farmers, their families or employees.
OFA is encouraging all farmers to be prepared for unwanted visitors on your farm.
Post “No Trespassing” signs and any necessary biosecurity signs to clearly mark private property.
Lock all building doors and vehicles. Remove keys from tractors and equipment and store them somewhere safe.
Monitor visitors and watch for suspicious vehicles or activities on or around farm property.
Consider adding video surveillance to barns or high traffic areas of the farm.
Train family and employees how to respond to unwanted visitors and situations that would require calling police.
OFA is working with our agricultural industry partners to raise awareness of this serious on-farm issue and lobby our provincial government to ensure the safety of Ontario’s farm families and their employees. We’re also asking for stronger enforcement of animal activists who are conducting these illegal and threatening activities. Farmers, their families and employees are becoming increasingly frightened and frustrated.
OFA reminds farmers to be prepared and call police if necessary. We’re all facing this threat of activists and trespassers together. And we’re asking farmers to add their voice to an online letter campaign that will send a letter directly to your MPP to register your concern for the growing threat of animal activism.
Add your voice today by visiting actnow.ofa.on.ca. Follow the simple instructions to sign your name to a letter that urges the provincial government to deliver better police protection and stronger enforcement against animal activists to ensure the safety of our farms, our families and our employees.
FLYING DAY: “Out of 1,001, this is 1,000!” exclaimed a gleeful Chloee Emond from Cornwall, at right, after leaving the cockpit of the small prop plane she flew in at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association’s (COPA) for Kids Day at the Cornwall Regional Airport. Chloee even took a hand at the controls herself. On the same 20-minute flight were Iohahes Mitchell, 9, centre, of Akwesasne who said it was awesome, and Bennett McCort, 8, of Ingleside. It was the first flight for all three. With them is pilot Stephen Alexander, a member of the Cornwall Flying Club /COPA Flight 59, who was on on the runway marshalling the aircraft. The bi-yearly event (there is another one in September) is free of charge and this year saw 88 young people between the ages of 8 and 17 register. “Aviators are not born, they are inspired by other aviators,” is a COPA catchphrase about the Kids Aviation Program. To date, the COPA for Kids program has introduced over 23,000 young Canadians to the world of aviation.