Farm shows, fall fairs and harvest — great opportunities to discuss local rural issues

By Peggy Brekveld

Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

September signals the start of many things in our rural communities. School gets underway. Harvest continues in full swing. And farm shows and fall fairs provide destinations to network, gather new ideas, catch up with friends and speculate about the fall weather.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) looks forward to fall events where we can meet with members to catch up on local issues in rural communities and talk about the activities we’ve been advocating on with all levels of government. As a grassroots-driven organization, OFA relies on input and feedback directly from members to guide our advocacy efforts and focus our resources.

Look us up at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, September 10-12 in Woodstock where OFA board members and Member Service Representatives are on hand to talk with members in Federation House. You’ll also find several of our Benefit Program partners on hand to review the exclusive programs and offers available to OFA members. The Honda ATV draw is back and members can enter to win. As part of an ongoing campaign on road safety, we’ve added new daily ATV safety demos in partnership with Honda.

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo offers another great opportunity for OFA members to stop by OFA’s exhibit and talk about issues and concerns happening in their rural communities and on their farms. It’s also a great way to see regions across the province, and this year’s event on September 17-21 is in the northern Ontario town of Verner in West Nipissing.

There will be no shortage of topics to cover at these events, or in tailgate discussions during harvest. Many of us are anxiously waiting to see how spring planting challenges will play out in fall harvest results. And OFA has been advocating on behalf of members on issues around trade, rural broadband, risk management programs, activists and road safety. We look forward to meeting and catching up with many of you at fall events.

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