OMAFRA Announces Forage and Grazier Specialist
Christine O’Reilly will be joining the OMAFRA Field Crops Unit as the new Forage and Grazier Specialist. Christine is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Master of Science, Environmental Sciences) and the Ontario Agricultural College (Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - BBRM). She brings great technical knowledge and project management experience to OMAFRA.
In her recent role with the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Christine worked closely with farmers on applied research grazing and forage projects in the Algoma region of Ontario. She has also worked for a consulting company in Gloucestershire, England, where as a project manager she advised on soil science issues for a national pilot project to improve watershed quality in Great Britain.
Christine will be starting in her new position on Monday July 17, 2017 and will be located in Lindsay.
322 Kent Street West
Tel. 705 324 5855
Sheep Deadline: September 29, 2017
Beef Deadline: November 30, 2017
Guelph, ON - November 14-16, 2017
Invite to participate in a delegation (by bus) to Albany NY to participate in the Grassfed Exchange from September 27-29, 2017. If you are interested in registering for this opportunity, please contact: Ruth Knight firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 519 357 5224
The Grassfed Exchange is a conference for and by producers to exchange ideas on practices, genetics and markets for grassfed. The conference is also valuable for other value chain contributors such as processors, distributors and marketers. This year's conference will be taking place in Albany, New York, on September 27th-29th. Albany is only a 6-8 hour drive for most Ontarians.
The cost of registration is $345 US before July 31st and you can find out more about the conference at www.grassfedexchange.com.
A small group of Ontario grassfed advocates are interested in forming an Ontario delegation, chartering a bus and potentially organizing an additional tour of farms for Ontario participants while in New York.
There is also some interest in hosting the 2018 Grassfed Exchange here in Ontario.
This survey is to help us gauge how much serious interest there would be in attending this year's conference as a delegation and/or hosting the 2019 conference in Ontario. We would likely not host the conference unless we knew we could achieve the same rates of participation as other US locations: roughly 250.