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HURON & AREA Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food And

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HURON & AREA Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural AffairsE-BULLETINMay 2009
If you know someone who is interested in receiving this bulletin or if this has been forwarded toyou and you would like to receive a copy directly, please contact me.I would be happy to add you to our e-mail distribution group. Just email me at
 
Did you know ? …..
That there are other neighbouring OMAFRA Regional Information Co-ordinators (RIC’s) who alsohave E-Bulletins. We have some similar information as well as different regional events/articles.Feel free to email other RIC’s and request theirs as well.
Daryl Ball – Perth Countydaryl.ball@ontario.caBryan Boyle – Lambtonbryan.boyle@ontario.ca  Valerie Clark – Middlesex, Elginval.clark@ontario.caKim DeKlein – Oxfordkim.deklein@ontario.ca Gerry Horst – Waterloo, Wellington, Peel –gerry.horst@ontario.ca Kelly Ward – Bruce, Grey, Dufferin -
 IN THIS MONTH’S BULLETIN…
 
Coming Events and Dates of Interest – Pages 1 – 3 Area News and Information
 
Local Fairs – pg 3
 
Farmers Market in Exeter – pg 3
 
NMAN – pg 4
 
Growing Forward– pg 4/5
 
Nutrition Labeling – pg 5
 
H1N1 Q & A’s– pg 6
 
Ethnic & Specialty Food Expo – pg 7
 
Sustainable rural Communities – pg 8
 
Bob McDonald Coming to Goderich – 8
 
Seminar for New Exporters – pg 9
 
Functional Foods Conference – pg 9
 
Deadstock Options – pg 10
 
Lunging Clinic – pg 10
 
Microsoft® Workshops – pg 11
 
Huron Small Business Enterprise Workshops– pg 11
 
Pork Congress – pg 13
 
OMIF – pg 12
 
Livestock Manure – pg 13
 
OMAFRA Information and Resources Pg. 14/15
 
Last Words – Children – pg 15COMING EVENTS AND DATES OF INTEREST(Input always welcome – pop me an e-mail or give me a call if you would like yournext event included)
 
May 12 -
 
Poultry Industry Council Research Day
"What's eating us in what we eat?- fighting food-borne pathogens, " Arboretum, University of Guelph. Sponsored byOMAFRA and featuring several U of G researchers,. Registration and lunch start at noon.The speakers address the audience from 1-4:30 p.m., and are followed by a wine and
1 May 2009 Huron & Area E-Bulletin
 
cheese reception. For more information, or to register, go to the Poultry Industry Councilwebsite, or contact Claudia Escandon at 519-837-0284 orcescandon@poultryindustrycouncil.ca 
 
May 25 - Huron North WI District Annual –
Forward Together” – Clinton OMAFRA Boardroom
 
May 21 – Huron South W I District Annual –
“Let’s Look after Mother Earth” GrandBend
 
June 4 –
 
Huron Tourism Assoc. Meeting.
 – 7pm Blyth Festival – National tourismWeek 
 
June 17 & 18 – Food Meets Function Conference -
the science and business of functional foods, latest in research and consumer trends, Best Western, Londonwww.foodmeetsfunction.ca 
 
June 20 –
 
Lunging with Ilka Boeker –
REACH Clinton (Regional Equine & AgriculturalCentre for Huron) for more infohttp://www.reachhuron.ca/home.cfm
 
 
June 23 – Bob McDonald speaking on Water, Air Protection –
Columbus Hall,Goderich, more info on page 7
 
 
July 8 & 9 – Southwest Crop Diagnostic Day,
Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph. Check http://www.diagnosticdays.ca/for updates.
 
July 10 – 12 – Ontario Family Fishing Weekend.
If you or someone you knowwould like to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a longtime), circle the weekend of July 10-12, 2009 on your calendar. For those three days only(12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday), Canadian residents can enjoy the fun of fishing in Ontario without a licence during the annual Ontario Family Fishing Weekend.For complete details, visithttp://www.familyfishingweekend.com/Welcome.cfm 
 
 August 11 – 13 – International Goat Symposium
, Lindsay, Ontario. Completedetails athttp://www.goatsymposium.com/main.htm 
 
 Aug. 21 & 22– Zurich Bean Festival –
 
 
 Aug. 24 - 30 – Tastes of Huron Food Festival –
pig roast, vendors market, cookingworkshops and special menus prepared by local chefs. Visit www.ontarioswestcoast.ca
 
 August 24 – 28 – Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario 2009 Bus Tour
Illinois. Check for details athttp://www.ifao.com/IFAO-Events.html 
 
 Aug 27, 28 - The Annual Huron County Plowing Match
will be held at the farm of Bob and Pat Down located at the corner of Hurondale Road and Hwy #4 between Exeterand Hensall. Junior Day on Aug 27 will feature the 4-H Sodbusters achievement dayand the Princess of the Furrow competition. On Fri. Aug. 28 there will be plowingcompetitions, antique displays, a mini tented city, plowmen's breakfast, Queen of theFurrow speeches and plowing, food booth and awards BBQ for everyone to enjoy.Freewill donations at the gate. Come enjoy a day in the country!
 
Sept. 12 – Stratford Garlic Festival
 – for more infowww.stratfordgarlicfestival.com 
2 May 2009 Huron & Area E-Bulletin
 
 
 
September 15 – 17 – Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show,
Canada’s Outdoor Park,Woodstock, Ontario. Check often for details athttp://www.outdoorfarmshow.com/ 
 
September 22 – 26 – International Plowing Match and Rural Expo,
District of Temiskaming [near Earlton, Ontario]. Visithttp://www.ipm2009.net/for regularupdates.
 
Oct 15 – Women’s Institute London Area Convention,
 
Oct. 16 – World Food Day
 
 
Nov. 6 – 15 – Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto
 
 AREA NEWS & INFORMATIONLOCAL FAIRS
 You won’t want to miss the one in your area. Check dates for ones closest to you atwww.ontariofairs.com 
FARMERS’ MARKET SOON TO BE A REALITY IN EXETER 
 “Plans are almost complete and we expect to have our first market on Thursday, May 21, 2009from 3pm until 7pm”, stated Exeter farmers’ market association chair, Joan Brady. “The marketwill be located at Gary Bean Securities, 588 Main St, at the south end of Exeter and we willgratefully make use of their expansive, shady lot”. We anticipate the lot can hold about 15vendors and we would welcome the challenge of finding a new location in season 2, should weoutgrow the present location,” Brady, who farms with her family outside of Dashwood,continued.Plans for the market originated with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce who engaged both theExeter BIA and the Town of South Huron in plans to begin a farmers market in Exeter. Bothchamber employee, Amanda Marshall and Huron County Downtown Revitalization Coordinator,Kerri Herrfort have been valuable resources in determining location, connecting with vendors,working with community partners and doing much of the legwork to develop the market.There has been a great deal of interest on behalf of both vendors and the public and we predicta successful first season,” enthused Anne Langendyk, market vice chair and chamberrepresentative to the association. “I can’t wait to buy meats, fresh fruit and vegetables from thefolks that grow them and I am glad to support the local farmers in this way”.The Exeter Farmers’ Market will be a producer based market and the rules and regulations allowonly local and bona-vide producer-vendors to sell at the market. The season will extend fromMay 21, 2009 until October 29, 2009. “The public is looking to buy local and to get to know thefarmer that produces their food, so it makes sense to make the market producer only,” explainedJoan Brady. “We have great variety of vendors on our list including those that will sell frozenpork, fruits and berries, vegetables, cut flowers, baking, flowering plants, preserves and spreadsand more. There is something for everyone”, said Brady Vendor Packets are presently being sent to farmers and vendors that have expressed interest inbeing part of the market. For more information about the market or to receive a vendor packetplease contact the Exeter Farmers’ Market Manager, Diane Klopp at 519-236-7999 ordklopp@hay.netContact:Joan Brady, Exeter Farmers’ Market Association Chair (519) 237-3139 Anne Langendyk, Exeter Farmers’ Market Vice Chair (519) 235-3350
3 May 2009 Huron & Area E-Bulletin

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