Although sometimes challenged, cattle farming and ranching plays an important role in preserving biodiversity and the habitats of local wildlife, while also supporting healthy soil. Just as the bison kept grasslands healthy and viable for centuries, cattle grazing has the same effect.
According to Dr. Christian Artuso of Bird Studies Canada, grassland bird species, such as the Burrowing Owl, Baird’s Sparrow and Chestnut-Collared Longspur, require a variety of grazed grasslands to survive in the wild. So, grazing cattle help to maintain the habitat of species at risk.
Grazing, rather than cultivating crops, is less disruptive to the landscape and helps sustain native grasses and grassland bird populations, which ultimately benefits the ecosystem. Recognizing the importance of cattle contribution’s to preserving native prairie and wetlands, environmental groups such as, Bird Studies Canada and Ducks Unlimited are working to help develop programs like, Graze On, to encourage and support cattle ranching as initiatives for conservation and environmental benefit.
Beyond the prairie landscape, much of the land used to raise cattle is not suitable for farming crops and vegetables. Therefore, beef farming allows land that is too rocky, hilly or dry for growing crops to become an important resource to raise nourishing food. In many rural areas, raising cattle is the most environmentally beneficial use of the land.
(NC) When we sit down for dinner, we often take for granted the food security we enjoy. We enjoy a vast variety of nourishing foods, thanks to the good work of farmers like Sandra Vos.
Vos has dedicated her life to caring for others, first as a nurse and now as a beef farmer. Her background in nursing has shaped how she manages the resources in her care.
Owner of a grass-fed beef operation near Paris, Ontario, Vos applies the keen observation skills she developed from nursing and the interpretation of scientific research into farming practices that improve her management of the cattle, land and water in her care.
“I learned in nursing how to access and translate new scientific studies and I transplant that knowledge into what I do on the farm and within my agricultural community,” she explains. “More and more, I find myself in awe of the power of nature and its ability to heal itself. If you’re going to farm in harmony with nature, you must be patient. I feel that if you take care of the land, it takes care of you. That means treating it with respect and working with it as much as you can.”
Vos is a mindful steward and advocate for consumers, ensuring we have access to high-quality beef from a sustainable farm. As a result of her hard work she’s been awarded The Environmental Stewardship Award for Ontario.
This award has helped raise the bar for all farmers. It is a form of mentoring, continued education and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. It also helps to encourage others to enhance their own farming practices and demonstrates by example how to do so.
4-H Canada is pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, has accepted to become a patron of 4-H Canada.
“This is the first time in the history of 4-H that we have been granted a viceregal patronage,” said David Hovell, Chair of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors. “We are honoured that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette has generously agreed to serve as 4-H Canada’s Patron.”
A viceregal patronage is a longstanding practice, of recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society, showcasing excellence and bringing special attention to worthy causes.
“For more than 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected youth organizations in the country,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Her Excellency’s Patronage highlights the important connection Canadians have with our organization, its rich history, and our mission of empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders.”
Before becoming Governor General, Julie Payette was an astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette is best known for her work as an astronaut, flying two missions to space. She also served for many years as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, and was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette is well respected for her work in developing policies to promote science and technology.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: An exciting annual event which aims to shed light on the path food takes between the field and the table will make its return to Uxbridge later this month.
On Thursday, August 21, The Farmers of Uxbridge will hold their fifth annual Farmer's Information Night at the Uxbridge Arena Hall, located at 291 Brock St. W. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with more than 30 farm exhibitors taking part offering demonstrations, educational information and farm products available for purchase
The event has grown tremendously from the first event was held at the Uxbridge Music Hall in 2010 to feature a host of different local farmers.
"We had over 700 attendees last year," event organizer Pat Mikuse told The Standard. "When it started, we were hoping there would be an interest in the community. But, I can't say that I thought that it would grow like it has and bring in so many people not only from Uxbridge, but from other areas as well."
Admission to this event is free and visitors will be able to interact with several different local farmers and discover what they grow, how they grow it and where to buy great local produce direct from the farmers.
In addition to the meet-and greet portion of the evening, visitors will be able to scour an assortment of tables displaying the types of local products available direct from area farmers including, corn, soy, wheat, beef and sheep among many others.