Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
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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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.
2016:  March 8, 9, 10, 2016
2017:  March 14, 15, 16, 2017
Chesterville farmer Marty Derks, chairman of the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force,
brought Ottawa Valley Seed Growers directors up to speed during their regular meeting Oct.
7. Derks requested a $12,000 donation to help fund a business plan into the college’s future
which directors approved.
October 9, 2014

The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has approved a $12,000 donation to help complete a business development plan of future possible uses for Kemptville College. The funds
were granted at the association's regular meeting Oct. 7. Directors felt the action was appropriate in showing their support for the ongoing campaign to save the college to be vacated by
University of Guelph in 2016. The grant came in response to a request from Chesterville farmer Marty Derks, chairman of the Kemptville College Renewal Task Force. Although most
of the anticipated $78,000 cost of the business plan has been covered, Derks extra money is needed for "contingencies". Any money not spent will be returned to donors based on the
level of their contributions, Derks indicated.

He explained to the meeting that the task force has until the end of October to complete part one of the plan and submit it to provincial facilitator Lyle Vanclief who will make it part of
his final report on the future of the college. The grant to the task force was the second large donation to agricultural causes approved by the Seed Growers in recent weeks. They also
allocated $10,000 to assist 4-H Ontario in presenting 100th anniversary celebrations in the eastern region next September.

At the latest meeting, directors gave $5,000 to the Alfred College Foundation for its annual cocktail and auction Oct. 23. One of the benefits of the sponsorship is eight tickets for the
event, seats that will be filled by OVSGA members as a show of support. Alfred is also being abandoned by U of G. "The college is in the process of redefining its future," said Alfred's
Nicole Tessier in a letter to the Seed Growers. "It's particularly important to show the community that the future of the college is in good hands."

Directors also paid $425 for a table at the Kemptville College Foundation fundraiser Harvest Fest coming up Oct. 25. The event regularly raises $12,000 for student scholarships and
general on-campus improvements.

"It's more important than ever to stage Harvest Fest," said Ian Carley, a KCF director and chief event organizer. "It's time to show solidarity, that the agricultural community is solidly
behind efforts to save the college."

In other business, directors approved $250 to back Bruce Christie’s climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Farm & Food Care Foundation which he chairs, and they gave
$100 to the Ontario Forage Council to assist with a one-day conference in St. Albert Nov. 25. Funds donated by the association are raised through its annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show
coming up March 10-12 at Ottawa’s EY Centre. With 350 exhibitors, it's one of Canada’s premier agricultural trade shows.

Tom Van Dusen, GM, OVFS, 613-445-3407.
Mary Joynt of Smiths Falls has retired as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association.
Her duties have now been assumed by Arlene Ross of Ottawa.
  Arlene Ross
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association
613 791-3900
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.

Oct. 22, 2014.
Another scam making the rounds of North American farm shows is perpetrated by an outfit called National Travel Associates which claims
to contact exhibitors on show management’s behalf. It offers blocks of rooms allegedly at a discount price.
Some Ottawa Valley Farm Show exhibitors have been contacted as have exhibitors with other shows. We don’t book blocks of rooms. We
only offer hotel and motel recommendations on our web site. If this outfit calls or emails, ignore them or tell them you’re not interested.
Better still, tell them I’d like to talk to them at 613-445-3407.

Tom Van Dusen
OVFS General Manager
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