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Agrimarketing : March 2009
CAMA UPDATE ONTARIONEWS Industry Update by Ralph Pearce, Editor,Top Crop Manager A s it often is,March is being greetedwarmly by producers and stakeholderswith Ontario’s agri-food industry,especially those anticipating the opportunity to get into their fields. Froma cropping perspective, much of the talk duringwintermeet- ings has revolved around the need for maximizing on-farmefficiency in terms of soil nutrients and cropping inputs. There are concerns as to whether growerswill favour corn or soybeans to supplement a poorer than usual fall planting forwinterwheat. There is also an increased sense Our Strength is Your Strength Full coverage ofWestern Canada every week 100% paid subscriber base Most preferred publication inWestern Canada* Strongest readership in Western Canada** First choice for farm management and purchase information** * Stratus Agri-Marketing Study ** Ipsos Reid Ag Communications Review ALWAYS YOUR FIRST CHOICE 1-800-667-7776 32 AgriMarketing s March 2009 of anticipation as seed and chemical companies are set to launch newtrait technologies and chemical formula- tions for the growing season ahead. In themeantime, news reports around themiddle ofwinter sug- gested that farmingwill continue to be relatively “recession-proof” as the rest of the economy continues to struggle during this global downturn. The reason cited in one news report was simple: People still have to eat. To address the economic crisis, Canada’s agriculturalministersmet inmid-February to discuss the needs of the industry, including long- and short-termchallenges facing the live- stock sectors in particular. They also discussed initiatives to enhance and promote the nation’s food safety and traceability systems. In other news related to the Ontario agri-food industry,Provincial PremierDaltonMcGuinty, pledged to enact sweeping legislation to ease the construction and implementation of green energyprograms and facilities. He emphasized the growing need to encourage biofuel plants andwind farms to help fill the demand for energy across the province, aswell as help create jobs for the future. Linda Parry Receives 2008Honour Roll Award Each year at Best of CAMA, Chap- ters recognize amemberwho has made great contributions to the Association. Linda Parrywas pleas- antly surprised as her namewas called as the 2008 Ontario Chapter Honour Roll recipient at the 2008 Best of CAMAceremony in Quebec City. Parry has been on the Board of Direc- tors for the past four years. She is a very dedicated CAMAmember who is always willing to help organize guest speakers, recruit newmembers and provides valuable input. Parry is the Director of Client Parry Serviceswith Bark Communications in London, ON. Mandy Timmings Receives CAMA Ontario Scholarship Congratulations toMandy Timmings whowas recipient of the $1,500 CAMAOntario scholarship in November 2008. Toqualify for the scholarship, a studentmust have competed aminimumof 10.0 credits with aminimumcumulative average of 70%and be amember of the Ontario Agricultural College and the CAMAStudent Chapter. Selection was based on a combination of acade- mic achievements and a demon- strated interest in agri-marketing. AM MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE BEST OF CAMA 2009 Get ready to “Thrill the Senses” at the Best of CAMA2009 inNiagara Falls, ON, onNovember 5, 2009. Formore information, contact Mary Thornley at firstname.lastname@example.org.