Chatham-Kent International Plowing Match and Rural Expo Sept 18-22/2018
The date is fast approaching and the volunteers and sponsors from our community and beyond have put in countless hours to make this spectacular week a successful event. More than 1000 volunteers which includes a healthy mix of both rural and urban residents participated, noted the organizers.Through the generous support of the local and regional sponsors and hundreds of exhibitors, this massive event is possible. Not only is it an honor to host the International Plowing Match in our community but it is a chance to welcome visitors to Chatham-Kent and showcase our area.Mayor Randy Hope noted that it is important that people learn about the 74 different crops and $3 Billion economic impact that agriculture represents in Chatham-Kent.
If you have not been by the 150 acre plot of farmland on Paincourt Line, take a drive by and witness the near completion of the Tented City and RV Park which has been constructed to host the expected 80,000 visitors from across Ontario and parts of the United States. The paper posted the numbers and it is amazing if you did not read them.The site has 250 hydro poles erected, attached to approximately 20 kilometers of power lines, 28,600 feet of temporary potable waterlines, 660 RV sites, more than 200 vendor sites and even temporary Wi-Fi. This is all testimony to the collaborative efforts of landowners, sponsors and volunteers.
Several exciting events are planned including a rodeo, the Team Farmall Dancing Tractors, the Canadian Cowgirls Precision Drill Team as well as several musical performers including the Canadian Celtic Rock Band, Mudmen from Alvinston. New for this years line-up will be several competitions hoping to meet the criteria for the Guinness World Book of records. Lot of fun for the whole family. Come out and support this great event in Chatham-Kent.
For hours and more details on this event check their website. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location, located in the middle of the Great Lakes with lots to see and do. Chatham-Kent is a great place to visit, live, work and raise a family! Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice listings in this desirable area. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
A Tribute to Chatham-Kent Farmers and Ag Related Industry
Our Canadian Agricultural sector gives us one of the largest boosts to our overall economy. It is not only an International Leader in our product production but also recognized for its stellar record in job creation, technological advancements and environmental sustainability. We here in Chatham-Kent are in a prime area where many of these innovative products, advances and overall growth are a part of our Municipality. The Chatham-Daily News had a Special Agricultural Supplement by Postmedia. I hope you read through the great material they put together. It was titled ' THANK-YOU Chatham-Kent Farmers and Agribusinesses ' I have always appreciated our farming community in Chatham-Kent and all the related business' but having it all put together like that, made me even more appreciative of what they contribute to our economy here in Chatham-Kent. Kim Cooper wrote an excellent article highlighting facts on the Canadian Agriculture sector that I was not aware of. Just to pinpoint a few of them, did you know that "one in eight Canadian jobs are related to agriculture. Grain is responsible for 40,000 jobs in Ontario alone. A farmer in 1900 produced enough food for 10 people. Todays farmer feeds over 120 people." Best of all "farming in Canada is still a family business, over 97% of Canada's farms are family owned." Look up Kim's article if you missed it in the paper and you will be as proud of our Farmers and Agribusiness' as I am!
Just to follow up on a few blogs that I wrote in the past. Truly Green Farms andGreenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc. both located on Bloomfield Rd. announced their partnership more than a year ago. According to the latest article they plan to have the operation ready by the end of 2017. Once the operation is up and running, we will not see any vapor coming from the stacks at the Ethnol Plant. The steam will be condensed by anexchanger into hot water which will be piped over to Truly Green under the road. Over on their side, the hot water will be used to heat the greenhouses and then get cooled down and turned back to the Ethanol Plant where it is condensed into steamand the process starts again. There is approximately 600 gallons a minute of steam coming from the stack. It can be used to heat about 65% of the three 22.5 acre phases of the Greenhouse operation. Currently Truly Green is heated in part by Greenfield's waste carbon dioxide supply which comes under the road. This is a very innovative idea, lowering the cost of production and producing a crop that has a very low carbon footprint and giving the operation a unique spot in the market place according to Greg Devries, President and co-owner of Truly Green. A great deal of research went into this project. Devries and his partner, Hilco Tammings even travelled to Holland where they learned about alternate ways to capture heat waste. Locating their greenhouse operation across from the Ethanol Plant was not an accident. We in Chatham-Kent are looking forward to the end result and the end of the odour that sometimes emits from the stacks at the Greenfield Plant.
Delhaven Orchards, a well recognized name in Chatham-Kent, is growing two new varietiesof peaches. As a result of a frozen peach crop a few years ago, owners Hector Delange and his son, Mark decided to try something different in peach varieties. The new peach is called a donut peach because it's flatter than the regular peach we are familiar with. There are 2 kinds, the TangO and the BuenO. They are very similar in taste but they mature at different times, have the most concentrated peach flavor you can get and are more 'winter hardy' than the regular peaches of the area. The owners say there is a market for the new peach and they are already thinking about another variety of these flat peaches. Another example of innovative thinking by our Chatham-Kent Agri Business'
Last but not least, I feel I must mention Thompson Limited, a company that is as rooted inChatham-Kent as I am. They have its corporate headquarters here in our Municipality aswell as five of their 12 full-service grain elevators. Their local branches employ 150 full-time workers in season. They have strong ties with areagrowers and end users and have a full line of agricultural products and services. Thompson' has an in-house Advanced Agronomy team that works closely with Thompson branch AgConsultants to combine knowledge with data to increase profitability for Southwestern to Eastern Ontario farmers.
Just another area where Chatham-Kent excels. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for premium farm listings and other choice listings in Chatham-Kent.
Farmers Concerned as Ontario Environment Commissioner Questions Tax Break on Diesel Fuel
Southwestern Ontario has many rural areas and what effects the farming community concerns all of us. Recently, Environmental Commissioner, Dianne Saxe has raised the question of the tax exemption for farmers on Diesel Fuel. Dyed reddish-purple diesel fuel is bought by farmers for farm machinery only and not allowed to be used in farm trucks and other vehicles used mainly on roads. The basis of the exemption which accounts for approximately $20 million in revenue for the government, is that the taxes would go to repair highways. Farm machinery, such as tractors and combines, seldom use highways, therefore, farmers should not have to pay tax for fuel used in that machinery.
While the government refers to it as a subsidy for people who burn high amounts of fossil fuels, farmers do not regard it as a subsidy but merely a fair exemption. Growing Ontario, a coalition of organizations for farm works across Ontario are concerned. This could mean a big difference in farmers bottom line if taken away. The tax exemption still remains in place but there is concern for the future of the farm community. Although the policy is across Canada and through the Untied States, Ontario farmers get the bare minimum and if eliminated, will put Ontario farmers even further behind such provinces as Saskatchewan and Manitoba who have friendlier tax regulation. We have to protect our farmers.
Saxe is quoted as saying "for the same money, could we treat farmers more fairly, have cleaner air and do less climate damage?' Barry Senft CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario says he thinks the Saxe needs to know the issues. Due to technological advances in Agricultural Equipment manufacturing, the consumption of diesel feul has decreased and environmentaldamage has decreased by 25.5 percent. Senft says that over time that efficiency will increase but taking away the tax break for farmers will not speed up that process.
Stayed tune for further updates as this issue will definitely effect Chatham-Kent farmers. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community. It is the ideal location to live, work, raise a family, retire to or visit. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, happenings and choice properties for sale including area farms.