Award entries being sought

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

The 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) recognizes producers who have taken innovative approaches to environmentally-sustainable cattle production.
The winner of the award goes on to compete, annually, at the national level against TESA winners from other provinces.
This year, we are asking for your help, as well as conservation and environmental groups from across the province, in selecting our annual winner.
We would ask that you take the time to determine whether there are beef farmers in your area that meet the criteria of the competition.
Any Ontario cattle producer or cattle farming operation can be nominated for this award by him or herself, another producer, interested individual(s), a conservation group, or the local cattlemen’s association.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 30.
The application can be found at www.cattle.guelph.on.ca/programs/TESA.asp
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For many new programs, producers are required to have a premises ID number for their principal farm.
Producers should have their Assessment Roll Number (ARN) from their Municipal Property Assessment Corp. handy when completing the application.
There are three easy steps:
1. Contact OnTrace for an application form at www.ontrace.ca or by calling toll-free 1-888-388-7223.
2. Complete application form. All of the required fields must be completed, and producers will need to describe the agricultural or agri-food activities that take place on the premises.
3. Submit application to OnTrace.
At this time, OnTrace is receiving many requests for ID numbers, so start your application early.
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Finally, it looks like the Agribition trip is a go, leaving the district on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and returning Sunday, Nov. 27.
The Rainy River Future Development Corp. will be paying for the transportation to and from Regina. All you have to do is pay your admission, hotel, and meals.
RRFDC will be sponsoring personal vans for the transportation. If you have a van you would like to take, please let Angela Halverson know.
Fifteen hotel rooms have been set aside and only will be held until Oct. 25, so book ASAP.
Book your seat with Angela at 274-3276 or via e-mail at angela@rrfdc.on.ca, or with Kim Jo Bliss at 482-2863 or kjbherefords@xplornet.com

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