A weekly press release prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. If you require further information, regarding this press release, please call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA Website:


Location: At Maple Lane Farm Service Inc.,

9545 Concession 6 N Mount Forest

Time:  10am to 3pm – Lunch provided.

Children 6 -13 welcome, parent encouraged.

For more information, call Walter Grose, Farm Safety Secretary at 519-846-5329.


GUELPH – 4-H Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of a complete re-design of  This new site is designed to be an exciting communication tool and support resource.

Stephanie Craig, 4-H Ontario’s Website Coordinator, explained; “I like to think of the new site as a 24/7 hub of 4-H information. It will excite and engage users, encourage communication, and enhance connection between 4-H stakeholders across the province.”

Everyone interested in, or involved with, 4-H Ontario will be able to easily find what they are looking for.  The site is split into six (6) sections: About 4-H, Youth, Volunteers, Alumni, Media and Support 4-H.  Information available through the site centers around 4-H Ontario’s key areas of focus; youth development and membership support to the 52 local 4-H Associations that make up 4-H Ontario. will be a helpful tool and connection piece for current members, volunteers and alumni, and also for those interested in engaging in 4-H Ontario’s programming for the first time.  Potential members, volunteers and supporters will find the information they need to become involved, and the key reasoning on why 4-H is so life changing.  The new site has a more personal touch – including stories, photos and testimonials of youth members, and volunteers who, through 4-H, had experiences of a lifetime.

Over the upcoming months increased functionalities and a full integration with the 4-H Ontario Membership Database will be launched. and the new Membership Database are being developed in partnership with RKD Web Studios located in Guelph, Ontario.

In the true 4-H spirit of “Learn To Do By Doing” – click through, explore and discover what is all about.


4 million treatments – over 750 crops – 1,000 pest photos – Labels – MSDS sheets – Safety Info – Generics search – Programs search – Record Keeping – Updated Daily!

Savvy Farmer Gives Growers More Control – Pesticides are not only a major expense for most growers, they have become very complicated and at times intimidating. In addition, the industry is undergoing rapid change. Already in 2011 there have been:

140 product label changes – Eight new products have been registered – 100’s of minor use and specialty crop treatments have been approved.

The good News is that all these changes mean that most farmers will pay less for their pesticide needs in 2011 than last year.  In many cases substantially less, even on very popular brands.

Canada’s #1 Information Source – Savvy Farmer is a web-based pest control information tool created to help farmers save money and make cost-effective pest control choices. 

We update our data every day making it Canada’s most complete and up- to-date source for pest control. We have every registered treatment to control over 1,000 weeds, insects, and diseases for over 750 crops grown in Canada. In addition, we provide rates, prices, labels, MSDS sheets, pest identification photos, and more. Savvy Farmer even makes it easy to keep pest control records for every field.       

Spread the Word – Please help us spread the word of the powers of Savvy Farmer’s information and search engines to help farmers save money on their pest control needs. For more information or for a free on-line trial, please visit or call Warren Libby at 519-841-6357.


Apr. 12- Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Wellesley.  Course starts at 8:45am and Separate Exam at 3pm.  To register, call Ontario Pesticide Education Program: 1-800-652-8573.

Apr. 15- Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Elora.  Course starts at 8:45am and Separate Exam at 2:30pm.  To register, call Ontario Pesticide Education Program at 1-800-652-8573.

Apr.  19 & 20 – Poultry Industry Conference and Exhibition, Western Fair Centre, London.  For complete details, visit:

Apr. 26 – Wellington County Farm Safety regular meeting at Husky Farm Equipment, Alma at 8pm sharp.  For more information, call Walter Grose at 519-846-5329. 

Apr. 27- Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Elora.  Course starts at 8:45am and separate exam at 2:30pm.  To register, call Ontario Pesticide Education Program at 1-800-652-8573.

May 13- Grower Pesticide Safety Course, Elora.  Course starts at 8:45 a.m. and Separate Exam at 2:30pm.  To register, call Ontario Pesticide Education Program at 1-800-652-8573.