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  Seed growers renew support for agricultural causes

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  • OTTAWA -- Reflecting the spirit of Canada's Agriculture Day, Feb. 16, Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association directors awarded $8,600 to worthy Eastern Ontario agricultural causes during their regular meeting Feb. 13.

    The money is part of the proceeds from the Ottawa Valley Farm Show organized annually by the Seed Growers. The 90th anniversary farm show will be held March 14-16 at Ottawa's EY Centre.

    Among the awards are $3,000 to co-sponsor the summer meeting of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association; $2,000 to fund the banquet at 4-H Foundation Golf East 2017; $1,500 for membership in Farm and Food Care Ontario; $1,000 to renew membership in the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame; and $1,000 - plus $100 for promotional items -- in support of the annual meeting of French-language farm action group l'Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens to be held in Embrun, March 2.

    "It's one of the ways we give back to the regional agricultural community which has been supporting the farm show since its inception," Seed Growers President Cecil Cass said of the donations. "These are all important projects and organizations in our area and across the province."

    Directors put many of the finishing touches on the 90th anniversary show featuring special attractions such as the Grand Opening Patriotic Parade, Seed Growers Awards, local beef, pork and chicken on-a-bun, live fiddle music and step dancing, President's Cookie Challenge, just-for-fun bingo, toy tractor sale, anniversary quilt auction, and annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale.

    For more information, contact Tom Van Dusen, OVFS General Manager, 613-445-3407, or email tvd@ottawafarmshow.com.

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