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Put Safety First on Roadways

The Regional Go For The Gold (GFTG) Competition is the next step in the competition on the way to the GFTG at the Royal Winter Fair in November.

Good luck to all those who have qualified for the Regional Competition
With the Federal Election coming up on October 19,

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Looking for financial assistance for your farm business!

County-wide GRANTS are available for property improvements including facade and signage; building improvements/restorations; building conversions/expansions; energy efficiency retrofits; feasibility and design studies; and outdoor art projects.

For more information about the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan (CIP), or to download an application, visit, or call 519-631-1460 ext. 168.

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Students, are you applying for scholarships and bursaries?

Now is the time to start searching for scholarships and bursaries to help fund your education.

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries listed on our “Education” page, search with links for applications.  Some deadlines are fast approaching and we do not want you to miss an opportunity to apply.

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Identifying Municipal Level Barriers to growth in Agriculture

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture will be holding their first 2016 Policy Advisory Council meeting on February 4. One of the main topics of discussion will be identifying municipal level impediments to the growth of the Ontario Agri-food sector. The Agri-food sector in Ontario is the major player in Ontario’s economy,

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Rural communities have their own unique crime problems – like theft of crops, timber, livestock, and expensive farm equipment. Vandals do more than break mailboxes; they can destroy crops and fields. Alcohol and drug abuse problems plague rural youth as well as those in the suburbs and cities. And of course,

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Watch out for Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip, drug also known as poison parsnip, is a member of the carrot/parsley family. Wild_Parsnip_small It  grows a low, spindly rosette of leaves . The plant can form dense stands and spreads quickly in disturbed areas such as abandoned yards, waste dumps, meadows, open fields,

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Be Patient… Be Safe….Share the Road

The Elgin Federation of Agriculture reminds farmers AND motorists to be safe and considerate to each other on the road.

The Highway Traffic Act authorizes farmers to tow implements behind a pickup truck with a Slow Moving Vehicle sign on the towed implement. The combination must operate at a speed of 40 km/h [25 MPH] or less;

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The definition of a ‘worker’ has changed

The new definition of worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) expands coverage of the OHSA to unpaid co-op students, buy certain other learners and trainees participating in a work placement in Ontario.

If you have an unpaid co-op student,

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Trespass to Property Act

OFA has officially launched their latest issue on the Act Now lobby website.  The focus of this campaign is on OFA’s recommended updates to the Trespass to Property Act.  Please show your support for tightening trespassing enforcement by sending an electronic letter of support to your MPP at

OFA has already started raising awareness about the campaign and encourage members’

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Mandatory Health and Safety Awareness Training

July 1, online 2014 is the date that basic health and safety awareness training for employees and supervisors is to be completed.  This includes all farms with paid employees* as agriculture operations have been covered under the Act since June 30, diagnosis 2006.  This Ministry of Labour has provided all the materials you will need to carry out the training.    

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Food Safety Tips for Farmer’s Markets

Food safety is getting more attention than ever – and with good reason. Fifteen years ago, most people would not have been able to pronounce the microbe ‘Salmonella’, let alone discuss it in everyday conversation. Outbreaks at home and abroad have raised the public’s concerns about food safety. That means that consumers are far more conscious of how food is produced and handled.

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EFA Frustrated with Farm Tax Ratio

EFA seeking farm tax ratio reduction, order calling for fairness

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express

Elgin Federation of Agriculture representatives were frustrated earlier this year when they sought a reduction in the county’s farm tax ratio, drug due to the rapidly rising assessed value of farmland in recent years.

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Upcoming Events

  1. EFA Regional Meeting

    August 22 @ 5:00 PM

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