Ontario Soil and Crop Association
James Sculthorpe – President, Yorkshire Valley Farms (10 min.)
History of Yorkshire Valley Farms, where we are today and what our goals are, and the amount of grain that is required to meet the demand for our product.
John Molenhuis – business management lead OMAFRA Brighton (30 min.)
Cost of production, organic v. conventional cropping
John Molenhuis has been OMAFRA’s business analysis and cost of production program lead for 12 years working out of the Brighton office. Annually he, with help from OMAFRA’s field crop team, updates the Field Crop Budgets publication, which includes six organic grain budgets. He also wrote the OMAFRA fact sheet ‘Guide to cost of production budgeting’. He has a B.Sc. (Agr.) in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph.
Hugh Martin - retired OMAFRA organic crop lead (45 min.)
With today’s record prices, now is the time to transition to organic.
Hugh Martin was a soils and crop specialist, weed specialist, and Organic Crop Production Program lead with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for almost 34 years. He has worked with organic producers and the organic foods sector since the early 198’s to develop fact sheets, and transfer crop technology to the organic sector. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a M.Sc. and a B.Sc.(Agr). Hugh is currently a certified crop advisor and organic farm inspector located in Guelph.
Brad Torrie – Bognor, Ont. 1000 acres organic and 1000 acres conventional (45 min.) Torrie Farms have a herd of 70 organic milk cows.
Experiences from the field and lessons learned
Event Date and Time:
March 13, 2013 - 13:00 - 16:00
88 Alma Street Norwood Community Centre
44° 22' 47.892" N, 77° 58' 8.5188" W