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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:05

Ag conference focuses on soil and water quality

November 13, 2019 – On Friday, December 13, the agricultural community will have an opportunity to come together to hear from a great line-up of speakers and presenters as part of Kawartha Conservation’s 2019 Agricultural Conference.
‘Working Together to Improve Soil and Water Quality on the Farm’ will be the focus on this one-day event being held at the Ops Community Centre.

“This conference is really geared towards the agricultural community where we’ll discuss current issues with water quality and soil health on the farm,” explained Stewardship Outreach Technician Emily Johnston. “Funding opportunities for projects that support water quality and soil health will also be presented.”

The day will feature a variety of speakers and updates from a variety of organizations and government officials.

Attendees will learn about what farmers in southwestern Ontario are doing to address water quality with a presentation from Charles Lalonde of the Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative.

The presentation will focus on an overview of the phosphorus challenge for food production, the pathways and timing for phosphorus runoff into our waters and efforts to remediate agricultural impacts.

Kawartha Conservation’s Water Quality Specialist will provide an update on the state of the Kawartha watershed.

Kawartha Conservation’s Agricultural Stewardship technician will provide information on cost sharing funding opportunities for farmers, while local famer, Bernard Leahy will speak about his water quality improvement project and his experience with applying for cost sharing funding programs.

Updates from organizations including Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will also take place.

In the afternoon, a discussion panel will provide an opportunity to discuss specific issues with peers and experts.

“There has been a lot of interest in this one-day event so we’re encouraging anyone interested to register early,” said Ms. Johnston. “We have some great speakers and presenters lined up, and there will be a lot of valuable information members of our local agricultural community can take away.”

The 2019 Agricultural Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 13 at the Ops community Centre, 2569 Hwy 7, Lindsay.

Tickets are $25 and includes the full day of speakers and presenters as well as a hot BBQ chicken lunch.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with the agricultural community and foster ways in which we can all work together to improve water quality and soil health on the farm,” said Ms. Johnston.

To register for the event, go to 2019 Ag Conference or contact Emily Johnston at 705.328.2271 ext. 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.