Good to be home after Ottawa trip

Well, I spent most of last week in our nation’s capital. Ottawa is such a beautiful city.
Many of you know I am a horrible traveller and don’t like to be away from home for more than about “two sleeps!” It proved true again on this trip as I began to feel incredibly homesick by about my second morning.
I don’t think I even felt like that when I was a kid off on some 4-H adventure on the other side of this great big province.
On the first part of my trip, I attended the summer meeting of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association (soon to be known as Beef Farmers of Ontario).
As part of our meeting, we toured a large dairy operation that has installed a bio-digester, and also toured a beef farm that opened a small store right on the farm (it serves lunch as well as its meat products).
They have been very successful and were happy to share some of the “tricks of the trades!”
Once my meeting was finished, I met by cousin and his girlfriend for some touring. The farm I currently live on was my great-grandpa’s (and more recently my great uncle’s). My great-grandpa actually started off in (near Ottawa) and made the trip to Rainy River District in 1926 with his wife and six young kids—a move in those days.
I visited another cousin, now in her 80s, who is still living on her family’s homestead. Until recently, she still kept cattle while her neighbours are farming her land.
I hadn’t seen her since 1995 and she looks wonderful, so the farm life certainly has been good to her.
Besides the family visiting, I also was fortunate enough to see the Changing of the Guards on Parliament Hill, the Governor General’s mansion, a “Cirque du Soleil” performance, North America’s only single-rock, five-span bridge in Pakenham, the Museum of Nature, and much more!
But even with having such a great time, I still was happy to get back to Emo–and I was pleased to have hay to bale.
I even had a quick visit with my girls (Maddie and Marlee) before grandma and grandpa took them off camping for a few days.
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I sure hope to see everyone this Thursday (June 25) for our annual soil and crop tour and the open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station (EARS).
The soil and crop tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Larry Lamb’s farm, then we will move to Wayne Kooistra’s and Bernie Zimmerman’s. And if time permits, we also will check out the new dairy barn that the Martin family is busy building right now.
We then will have a free barbecue lunch at 1 p.m. at our new community pasture. Delton, the pasture manager, will be on hand to explain what is happening there.
Then at 7 p.m., please join us for a tour of the research station plots, followed by some refreshments.
We realize it is a long day and a fair time commitment, but more than ever we need to prove that we value what we have here in the district and we need to show our support.
Trust me—I have lots of hay yet ahead of me, but I will be happy to get out and see how the crops are doing on-farm this year!
And like my friend told me the other day, “It’s just one of those years that you are not going to catch up, Kimmie!”

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