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Events (April 1st - June 30th):

Focus on Farm Women
April 8, 2015, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Springfield Golf & Country Club, 2054 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario
Take part in a one-day conference focused on women on the farm! Great women speakers connected to and in the field of agriculture themselves!
For more info: www.cafanet.com/Conferences.aspx
To register: download the online registration link here.

"Grow Your Farm Profits" Workshop
April 8 & 9, 2015, 10:00am - 3:00pm
(Location to be determined)
Start the business planning process by taking part in this two day, free interactive workshop! Assess your business management practices, determine your goals and develop realistic action plans! Please bring your own workshop materials and lunch. Hurry to register, spaces are limited!
For more info: Claude at (705) 491-5094
To register: go here.

veggies and fruit

"Spring Into Gardening" Presentation
April 25, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00pm
The Duke Hunt Museum, 3218 Rosslyn Road
Join Kevin Belluz from Belluz Farms as he presents on the benefits and how-tos of gardening, just in time as soil begins to thaw! Door prizes and refreshments included. Donations will be accepted at the door.
For more info: Jean at (807) 474-3292


Small Animal Husbandry Workshops
April 26, 2015, presentations run from 1:00 - 4:30pm
Gillies Community Centre, corner of Hwy 608 & Hwy 595
Interested in owning backyard chickens or raising turkeys? Come on out for these presentations and more!

    Workshops include:
  • Poultry Incubation - Egg to Chick (1-2:00pm)
  • Raising Your Own Christmas Turkeys (1-2:00pm)
  • Introduction to Raising Goats (2:15-3:15pm)
  • Is Beekeeping for Me? (2:15-3:15pm)
PLUS, a LIVE poultry exhibit and door prizes! Admission is $5.00 in support of Gillies Community Centre.
For more info: Karen at (807) 577-2680 OR kareno@tbaytel.net


4H Volunteer & Youth Orientation: In Person Session
April 30, 2015, afternoon session: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, evening session: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pine Grove United Church, 100 Hwy 130, Rosslyn
The New Volunteer & Youth Leader Orientation is mandatory training for 4H Ontario volunteer candidates. Each 2 hour sessions provides hands-on experience and training to equip volunteer candidates with necessary skills and knowledge to volunteer with 4H.
For more info OR to register: region1@4-hontario.ca or 1-877-410-6748

Wednesday Evening Markets (begins)
May 20, 4:00 - 7:00pm (continues every Wednesday evening until Christmas)
Thunder Bay Country Market grounds, 850 May Street N.
Come out to enjoy Wednesday evenings once again at Thunder Bay's largest country market! This year, Wednesday evening markets will run every Wednesday night straight through Christmas (Dec. 23)!
For more info: www.thunderbaycountrymarket.com

Discovery Days: 4H Region 1
June 20, 2015, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Delki Dozzi Sports Complex, Sudbury, Ontario
4H members or non-members of Thunder Bay age 9-12 are invited to the 4H Region 1 interactive, all-day experience! Meet new friends, participate in activities and maybe even kick-start your 4H career! Registration is required by June 5. Cost is $15/person, lunch provided.
For more info OR to register: www.4-hontario.ca/discovery-days or 1-877-410-6748

Hymers Agricultural Society 2nd Annual Summer Series of Hunter-Jumpers Schooling Shows
June 28, 2015, show start at 9:00am
Hymers Fair Grounds, 47 Hymers Fair Drive
Come out and watch our young show jumpers in the making! This is the first of three competitions this summer that will lead to individual point scoring. Spectators get in for free and a food concession will be open.
For more info OR to register as a participant: Randy at (807) 577-9067

This summer, the Gillies Community Centre's Seed Swap & Social invites all rural gardeners to plant an extra row of produce to donate to the Rural Food Bank. Bring in your fresh produce the third Wednesday of every month before 11:00am to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13 Marian St., Kakabeka. Any produce that can be handled and stored is recommended. Thank you for your help & donations!

4H Youth Scholarships Available to Interested Members!
Source: www.4-h-canada.ca  

Are you a young adult seeking out to graduate to post-secondary education this year? Are you passionate about the agricultural industry? Are you a 4H member or thinking of becoming one? As a 4H member, you have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships to assist you in your post-secondary education plans!
Spring is upon us, and schools are slowly gearing down and finalizing the semester. Grade 12 students all over the region are anxious to follow through into the next phase of their lives: college or university. Like most scholarships, they require something from the applicant: an essay, certain grade levels, or proof of the community events that qualify YOU as the best recipient for the scholarship. However, a scholarship can be a great asset to starting your post-secondary education on the right track.
4H Ontario offers their members a great opportunity of about 10 different scholarships within 2015 to apply for. If you are a passionate member of the Thunder Bay regions 4H Club, why not apply? For more information and to view scholarship details, visit: their website or contact 4H Ontario toll free at 1-877-410-6748

Agri-Food Innovators Recognized in Thunder Bay
Source: Northwest Link February 2015

Boreal Birch Syrup in Murillo was recently honoured through The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, for the innovation and growth they've acquired in the last few years.
In 2013, Boreal Birch Syrup installed a reverse osmosis filtration unit to improve the overall quality of their syrup and cut boiling time in half. As well, this greatly improved their energy and firewood consumption, while speeding up the process to produce more of their popular birch syrup, in which sales have been growing.
The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes the innovation contributions of producers, processors, agri-food organizations and rural communities in Ontario. These innovations create jobs and help improve the agricultural industry within the province. In 2014, 50 awards were given to deserved recipients, two of which were within the Kenora and Thunder Bay districts.

Recognition of TBARS outside of Ontario/Canada!
Submitted by Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota, CCA

1. Award of Honour:
I went to my area of origin, Punjab, India, during this winter. I was personally invited by the Dean College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana, India, where I studied up to PhD, to participate in the Annual Alumni Meet on February 26, 2015. I was presented an Award of Honour by the Vice Chancellor (equal to President here) of the University at the event. The University that played a prominent role in the Green Revolution in India believed that I had given a good name to my parent academic institution by doing good work at the TBARS, Thunder Bay (www.tbars.net). I was also one of the two invited persons of Indian origin to address the audience for few minutes. The audience clapped a couple of times during my speech and I was quoted in the final 'Thanks' speech by the Chair Person Dr. Deb Raj Bhumbla who had been Vice Chancellor of the Hissar Agricultural University, Haryana, India, and later Director General Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and also Agricultural Commissioner, New Delhi; the last two positions were at the national level. I was one among the resident Indians holding/held eminent positions and people of Indian origin, outside India, who were treated as VIPs. We were taken to the Auditorium in a procession lead by boys and girls in colourful attires, who were doing the 'Bhangra' (traditional Punjabi Folk Dance with drum beating). A group of people threw flower petals on us. One of the Past Vice Chancellors of the university, Dr. Manjit Kang, wanted to garland me, but I politely turned down the offer and instead requested him to keep the flower garland with him. One can see this type of welcome only in India/Asian countries. It was definitely an elating experience. Nonetheless, with the Grace of God, I didn't forget to 'Thank Him'! I am glad that Thunder Bay was noticed at Ludhiana, India; across seven seas from here.

2. Invitation by Agromart Truro:
Donnie McGregor of Agromart Truro read my article on use of multiple, rather than one/single nitrogen fertilizer(s) for increasing maximum economic yield of quality produce early last year in Ontario Farmer and was impressed by the recommendation. He invited me to make two presentations; one on ‘Multiple Nitrogen Sources for Forages’ and another on ‘Nitrogen for Corn and Small Grains’ at the Biennial Agromart Crop Focus Conference at Truro on March 24-25, 2015. This is the first time I made two invited presentations at an event and that too in a single day. The presentations were appreciated by the Certified Crop Advisors, Sales Personnel, Researchers/fellow colleagues and producers alike. The conference was meant primarily to educate producers on fertilizer use and new fertilizer products including slow release nitrogen fertilizers, nitrification inhibitors and new fertilizer products including the liquid fertilizers. I liked all the presentations which were exceptionally well done. This doesn’t make me to regret too much about missing the Spring Farm Conference at Thunder Bay around the same time. I was humbled when Rigas Karamanos, Past President Canadian Society of Agronomy, made an open remark about me “Tarlok is one of the most prolific researchers these days!” during his presentation. It may be worth mentioning that Canola King of Ontario (Jon Wiley) had used multiple sources of nitrogen (urea, ammonium sulphate and ESN) as well as sulphur and boron in line with such a recommendation from TBARS for crop production and had a record canola seed yield of 4,912 lb/acre from Liberty 5440 (a canola variety tested and recommended by TBARS).

3. Queries from Quebec:
I have been receiving phone calls from producers in Quebec who wanted to know about the cultivation of black barley, chickpea and Sanfoin. This clearly shows our lead in testing new crops for cultivation in eastern Canada!

Future of TBARS:
It is pity that despite an outstanding research and extension work at TBARS, its continuity beyond December 31, 2015 is uncertain. For this year, we are unable to retain Limin Luan; our capable Technician. Blaine Tomeck is an excellent and dependable staff. However, working with Blaine Tomeck alone, without a Technician, would be like walking on one leg for me. Both Tomeck and I have enjoyed good health so far; with the Grace of God. God forbid, if one of us becomes sick in the crop season how will we accomplish our work? If I remain busy in field work, will I have time to write proposals or think about the continuity of TBARS? Will each of the TBARA members donate $100-150 to TBARS (in addition to the membership fee) to enable us to hire an Intern to pull through the season? Will couple of our very capable Cabinet Ministers from Thunder Bay rise to the occasion and fulfill what is laid out in the Northern Growth Plan? There are more such questions for which I don’t have the answers.

Advertising with TBFA
If your business and its customers are associated with the agriculture industry, consider advertising with TBFA! Rates are as follows:
Directory Ad- Farms which are members of TBFA pay only a single one-time fee to have their products and information listed on Directory page. Easy reference for our site viewers! ($20)
Business Ad- Send on your business card & information for posting on the Home page, direct & accessible to our site viewers! ($100/year)
Please request our web page ad form to advertise with us, or contact Brenda at burkedairyfarms@xplornet.com

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Time to Plant in Thunder Bay & Area...

As the days lengthen, our local producers and farmers are busy taking advantage of the extra daylight. Longer days make for extra time to awaken fields, plant new crops and get things "growing". While signs of the spring season may take their time getting here, there is certainly no shortage of work on a farmer's mind this time of year!


Passport to Safety: Is a national safety test, certification and transcript program for workers. The Passport verifies a basic level of workplace health and safety knowledge to help workers become smarter and safer around the places they work.
Passport to Safety is currently offering a Passport to Farm Safety Course. Click here for more info!

Agriculture Economic Impact Study
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Canadians Unite Through Agriculture
Proud of agriculture? This Canadian website sheds light on the great stories across the country that Canadians choose to share on their experiences in this great industry! Visit www.agriculturemorethanever.ca

Website Updates
Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture updates this website four times per year. Information for our next update should be in by June 29th, with our next update posted in the first week of July. If you would like to advertise in our business directory or our events calendar, contact miranda@tbfarminfo.org

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Teaching Resources

Have questions about agriculture? want to get the real facts about farming? Check out the resources available through Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. website. www.oafe.org

The Thunder Bay Dairy Educator is available to teachers for presentations on dairy farming and dairy goodness. Contact your Thunder Bay Dairy Educator today for your FREE visit! Trudy Reid-935-3224 or reidridgefarm@rogers.com

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Job Opportunities
Co-operative learning students and farm hands
Co-operative learning students and farm hands are always needed in the area. If you are interested in such an opportunity, please call Peter Aalbers at 939-1644 or e-mail him at peter@tbfarminfo.org.


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