Off to Wis­con­sin

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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.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

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.

CASSIE ALLEN

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