Halton Region Agricultural Forum

The Dirt on Soil Health

Halton Region is committed to supporting and preserving our vibrant agricultural community. The 5th annual Agricultural Forum provides an excellent learning and networking opportunity for those interested in or those already involved in agriculture and food.

This event is FREE.

    Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Time: 7–9 p.m.
    Location: Country Heritage Park (Gambrel Barn)
    Address: 8560 Tremaine Rd., Milton (view map (external link))

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The focus of this year’s forum includes:

  • the importance of soil health as the key to sustainable crop production. Healthy soils are more resilient, cycle nutrients better and are more productive; and,
  • putting “soil health” into practice as healthy soils are more resilient to adverse weather, assist with greenhouse gas mitigation and sequestration, resist soil erosion and produce greater yields.

Who should attend?

  • farmers
  • food processors
  • other agri-product processors
  • related associations and organizations
  • students
  • entrepreneurs interested in agriculture and food industries

Featured Topics, Speakers and Presentations

The Importance of Soil Health

Adam Hayes – Soil Management Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs

Adam has devoted more than 30 years of his career towards research and education in soil health and conservation practices. He was the first recipient of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Soil Champion Award (2014). In 2016, he was presented with the Soil Conservation Council of Canada - L.B. Thomson Conservation Award for his extensive contributions to improving soil and water conservation on a Regional level.

Putting Soil Health into Practice

Tyler Vollmershausen – Vollmershausen Farms Ltd., Innerkip (Oxford County)

The Vollmershausen family has been farming near Innerkip for six generations and focus on edible bean production. Several years ago, Tyler attended a presentation on soil health which has completely transformed his approach towards soil management. He was presented with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Soil Champion Award in 2016.

Dan Breckon – Woodrill Ltd., Guelph

Dan is an agronomist with Woodrill Ltd. — a full service crop input supply company and grain elevator business serving the farming community in central southern Ontario. Dan has a passion for combining historical soils information and technology to optimize the farm scale agronomics for growing crops.

Need more information?

Anna DeMarchi-Meyers
905-825-6000 ext. 7574
Toll Free: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)