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The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is Ontario's longest running agricultural trade
show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a
non-profit basis.

The 89th edition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is gearing up. More than
350 exhibitors will be on hand at the Ernst & Young Centre offering a wide range
of farm machinery, equipment and services.

Thanks to all who helped to make the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show such a great
Since this Ottawa Valley Seed Growers website first opened on January 20, 2003,
this page has welcomed  86,573
visitors as of March 18, 2014.
Farm Show Dates are March 8, 9, 10, 2016
At the Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, March 8, 2016:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016:  9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2016:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

See you at the 2016 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
March 8, 9, 10, 2016
EY Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
This logo represents the Farm Show Council
which comprises several major annual farm
shows across North America and beyond.The
Ottawa Valley Farm Show belongs to the
prestigious organization which strives to
improve the presentation and experience
supplied by its members through education,
communication and evaluation.
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers president John
Roosendaal receives from Jeff Waldroff one of the first
copies of the 2015 International Plowing Match
cookbook at a recent gathering in Finch where the
event will be held. Using several of the recipes,
organizing committee members prepared a lunch for
Roosendaal and other guests, including Ottawa Valley
Farm Show general manager Tom Van Dusen. The
Seed Growers donated $10,000 from the proceeds of
their annual farm show to help fund the cook book
containing 900 regional recipes. An IPM tradition, it
sells for $12 a copy.

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They were late coming but past presidents Bruce Hudson and Jim Arbuckle finally received
commemorative pins from the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers during their regular meeting
Oct. 7. A manufacturing delay put off presentation of the pins which are given to all
outgoing OVSG presidents.

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The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Board of
Directors met in Kemptville on February
18, 2014, to finalize plans for the 2014
Ottawa Valley Farm Show. They posed for
a group photo after the meeting.
2017:  March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Ottawa Valley Farm Show manager Tom Van Dusen (right) was recently presented with the
Farm Show Council Standards of Excellence Award after a five-year evaluation of the Ottawa
show. OVFS is a member of the FSC which groups 23 premier farm shows across North
America and one in New Zealand. The certificate was presented by FSC president Chip
Blalock (centre) of Georgia and by Rob Juneau of Wisconsin who conducted the OVFS review
Aug. 21, 2015

A Prescott County farmer who traces his involvement in agriculture back to “the horse and buggy days” is the new president of the Ottawa Valley Seed
Growers Association. "It’s a pleasure and an honour,” said Cecil Cass. “I’ve been part of several other organizations but the Seed Growers is my favourite.”

The Cass operation near l’Orignal grows beans and hay, produces maple syrup, and cuts firewood. He has been an active member of the local agricultural
society, county plowmen and Soil and Crop.

At the Seed Growers annual meeting held at Winchester Aug. 18, Cass took over the reins from Dundas County cash cropper John Roosendaal who
occupied the president’s chair for the past two years. As part of the change in command, David Blair moved from 2nd vice-president to 1st VP, and Robert
Dessaint stepped into the 2nd VP slot.

In presenting Roosendaal with the traditional past-president’s pin, Cass thanked him for a job well done. The departing president said he had a pretty easy
time of it because the complex transition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show from Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park to the EY Centre occurred before his term. Past
president Bruce Hudson oversaw the transition.

The farm show has been sponsored by the Seed Growers for 89 years. It’s an annual exhibition of machinery, equipment, seed and services of particular use
to the agricultural industry. Proceeds from the event are used to support 4-H, Junior Farmers, rural fairs, agricultural research and education, and the
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Under Roosendaal, the Seed Gowers general operating bylaw, operating policies and insurance requirements for the farm show were completely overhauled.
He thanked director Roy Carver and other members for “countless” hours put into the review process. The bylaw and policies have been approved.

Resident Seed Growers prankster Barry Dean presented Roosendaal with wooden shoes in honour of his Dutch heritage, and he gave Cass a pair of rubber
boots for the tough slogging ahead.

In other business, the annual financial report was presented by Secretary-Treasurer Arlene Ross and the auditor was reappointed for 2015-16. Directors
discussed the association’s presence at the 2015 International Plowing Match at Finch Sept. 22-26 and at the Ontario 4-H 100th anniversary gala in Cornwall
Sept. 26, and they voted to assist l’Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens with a $500 donation.

Tom Van Dusen, GM, OVFS, 613-445-3407.
  Arlene Ross
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
613 791-3900
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