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offering the latest in merchandise and services for farmers and other rural residents
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 87th 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 2013 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 10, 11, 12, 2015
At the Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, March 10, 2015:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2015:  9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

See you at the 2015 Ottawa Valley Farm Show
March 10, 11, 12, 2015
Ernst & Young Centre,
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
The floor plan for the 2014 Ernst & Young Centre is now online.
The path is  Exhibitor Information > Exhibitor List > Floor Plan
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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January 22, 2014

A company called Event Fair has resumed contacting some Ottawa Valley Farm Show exhibitors and asking them to update information for its
Exhibitors Index. While this pitch may be harmless, OVFS management wants to emphasize that the show has no connection to Event Fair
and has not approved this solicitation in any way. The list of exhibitors we post on our web site as a service to companies and their customers
is freely accessible and obviously where Event Fair got its contacts. Without knowing any other details, we suggest our exhibitors do not
respond to Event Fair emails or letters.

Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
During a donor appreciation event held Oct.
17 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers
Association was publicly thanked for its
contributions to the institution over the past
20 years. The association reached the
Diamond Category ($100,000 - $499,999) of
giving to CHEO through the annual
Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale held as
part of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.

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Seed Growers President John Roosendaal presents awards to University of Guelph Kemptville
Campus bursary winners.

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Tribute to Burt Grundy
by Tom Van Dusen


Receiving tributes largely for his impressive work with the Canadian Hereford Association, the late Burt Grundy of North Gower was much
more than president of that influential body.

From serving as president of the Richmond Fair Board, to founding member of the Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association, to director of
the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, Burt was a fast friend of farming.

He lived it, he breathed it, he preached it, not just in the region and across the country, but around the world on several international
missions to promote Canadian Herefords and agriculture in general.
Just days before he was scheduled to turn over the presidency of the CHA after serving a one-year term, Burt, 70, was felled by a heart
attack. He passed July 27 after being rushed to hospital.

He was preparing to attend the Hereford Bonanza and annual meeting in Lindsay July 29-Aug. 2. Bonanza is the Canadian National Junior
Hereford Showcase that’s combined with the association business program.

Active and seemingly robust, Burt had been suffering some health issues. Still, the sudden death shocked family, friends and colleagues
across Eastern Ontario and the country, including here at The AgriNews where we knew him well.

In the tradition of the determined Grundys, several family members continued on to the Lindsay event, postponing visitation and funeral to
Aug. 6-7 at Tubman Funeral Home in Kars. It’s the way Grandpa would have wanted it, Burt’s grandchildren observed.

On the cover of its web page, the CHA expressed sincere condolences to the family. Due to step up through normal annual meeting election
procedures, CHA vice-president Daryl Kirton of British Columbia assumed the role of president upon Burt’s untimely death.

“He was very dedicated to the breed and promoted it at every opportunity,” said long-time colleague Lynda McCuaig who worked with Burt in
the local Hereford network and sat with him on the Seed Growers. Grundy was also to have attended that association’s annual meeting in
Winchester Aug. 6.

“He’ll be missed right across the Canadian beef industry,” McCuaig added, citing his generosity in providing calves to 4-H members and in
helping them learn to show.

That generosity wasn’t limited to local causes. Along with wife Nancy, he was an active member in Ottawa Valley Aid for Chernobyl Children
providing summer respite visits for young people from Belarus living in areas contaminated by the nuclear disaster.
Burt travelled the country and the world singing the praises of the Canadian Hereford line, looking for expansion opportunities for stock and
embryos in such countries as Russia.

But Eastern Ontario was his home and we benefited immeasurably from his presence among us.
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.
2016:  March 8, 9, 10, 2016
2017:  March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Ottawa Valley Farm Show manager Tom Van Dusen and director Burt Grundy staff the
booth during the  Mayor's Rural Expo held recently at Ottawa City Hall. Van Dusen
noted the farm show was invited to participate and was pleased to do so as one of the
largest agricultural events held annually within the city limits.