Farmer saluted for con­ser­va­tion

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION -

Mau­rice Chau­vin is this year’s win­ner of the Con­ser­va­tion Farm Award. Chau­vin is a sixth-gen­er­a­tion farmer who farms in Pointe-aux-Roches (Stoney Point) with the help of his son Shawn and his fa­ther Robert. The win­ner was an­nounced at the Es­sex Soil & Crop Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual meet­ing Thurs­day. Some of the con­ser­va­tion fac­tors that dis­tin­guished Chau­vin in­clude the use of cover crops such as oats, till­ing the soil less, lim­it­ing soil ero­sion and fer­til­izer run-off, and ad­vanced soft­ware and GPS tech­nol­ogy to im­prove sur­face drainage and pre­serve top soil. The farm has par­tic­i­pated in the CanadaOn­tario En­vi­ron­men­tal Farm Plan pro­gram since its begin­ning. The Es­sex Con­ser­va­tion Farm Award is spon­sored an­nu­ally by the Es­sex Soil and Crop Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Es­sex Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to nom­i­nate a farmer, con­tact Michael Dick at 776-5209, Ext. 369.

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