While they cannot do anything about the weather, area farmers will be able to better prepare for heavy rain falls thanks to a $1 million contribution from the federal government.
Ottawa is investing $997,654 so the South Nation Conservation Authority can develop “a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.”
The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using HydroGeoSphere, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.
The platform will help predict “water events” and provide an array of potential mitigation practices.
“Our government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses,” says Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Druouin. “This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” adds Mr. Drouin who announced the contribution on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.
Merina Johnston, who was raised on a Martintown farm, is the new General Manager of Ontario Holstein. Her parents, Nancy Beerwort and Don Johnston, farm along with her brother, Kevin, at Cherry Crest Holsteins. Merina was involved with 4-H as a member and later as a leader for the Glengarry 4-H club.
A movement has started in Glengarry and Stormont counties to revive the Junior Farmers Club. The Junior Farmers club is for young people ages 15-29 who have an interest in agriculture, or just want to be a part of the action. To recruit new members, a fun night will be held February 13 at 8 p.m. at Tagwi Secondary School. Those in attendance will play volleyball, eat snacks, and discuss the future of the club.