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Agrimarketing : May 2008
24 AgriMarketing ¦ May 2008 C anadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) members recently participated in the “Growing the Margins — Technol- ogy Tours for Energy Bio-products and By-products.” Members were able to select one of two tours that showcased new leading edge tech- nologies and processes. The tours included: • Cold Springs Farm — Integrated turkey production and processing operation with an in-vessel com- posting system and marketing of 8,000 tonnes per year of finished product. • Ruchurst Farms — Medium-sized greenhouse partially heated by two hot air corn fuelled furnaces. • Finnie Distributing — Animal feed and specialty animal feed ingredients from food-processing byproducts and employs high- strength wastewater anaerobic digester to produce biogas. • Suntastic Greenhouses — 30-acre greenhouse operation uti- lizing a wood-based bio- mass combustion system to provide heat. • Stanton Farms — 2,000 dairy cow and elite genet- ics farming operation recently relocated to Ilder- ton, Ontario, and incorpo- rating state-of-the-art farming practices for sus- tainable family farming, including a unique Andi- gen biogas system. • OMAFRA Anaerobic Digester Test Unit — Completely mobile, pilot scale (2m3) anaerobic biodi- gester designed for testing suitabil- ity of agriculture feedstocks for biogas production. • G&M Nairn Farm — Recently erected 85 kW 49 meter high refur- bished wind turbine producing electricity to supply egg laying operation and residence. • Veldman Farm — Wind generator used under Net Metering Program to power a dairy operation. • Agronoma International — Solar farm under development; viewing of 2kW tracking unit. • Sun Valley Foods — Dissolved Air Floatation Waste Densification system to treat byproducts of chicken processing operation. STUDENT CHAPTER PARTICIPATES AT NAMA The University of Guelph CAMA Student Chapter team attended the NAMA conference to present their marketing project on the Mon Cher- rie Montmorency cherries. The judges found the logo and executive summary to be very attractive, loved their product and their profes- sional presentation. However, the team did not advance after the preliminary round. All of the stu- dents agreed it was great hands-on marketing experience and enjoyed watching the other schools’ presen- tations while in Kansas City. ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NAMA CONFERENCE Congratulations to the organizing committee of the NAMA conference. There was great feedback from the Ontario members who attended the event. It was well organized, pro- vided useful information and they had a great time networking! For more information about CAMA Ontario and upcoming events contact Mary Thornley at firstname.lastname@example.org. AM ONTARIO NEWS CAMA UPDATE Today’s farmer relies on more than just production information COUNTRY GUIDE DELIVERS: MORE coverage of practical business issues MORE articles about business people in the processing & marketing chain MORE case studies of farmers who are putting theory into practice MORE coverage of producers adopting new strategies for their operations CONTACT SHARON HAROLD (780) 987-3285 Strategic. Business. Thinking. MARKETING ESSENTIALS Strategic. Business. Thin NI TE K R A M king. G N s farmer relie oday’ T on more than just production informatio NI TE K R A M ESSENTIAL es on G N LS CAMA Ontario members attending the NAMA conference are (l to r) Peter Fisher, Bob McNaughton, Ann Fisher, Lillie-Anne Morris, and Ken Zacharias.
May 2008 Supplement
Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08