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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 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
April 25, 2015

During their recent April meeting, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers distributed more than $40,000 to agricultural and community causes. The funds are
raised through the annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show, held this year March 10-12.

Directors topped up their annual donation to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to $10,000, one of the largest amounts they’ve ever given. Most of
the money was raised through the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale held during the farm show.

They gave a total of $26,000 to various agricultural research projects covering everything from a herbicides on oats study, to pest monitoring and plot
preparation. They set aside $2,000 for the Regional 4-H Show coming up in October as part of the Metcalfe Fair; they confirmed $400 for a student bursary
at Alfred College; and they renewed several $300 grants for regional 4-H clubs and agricultural societies with educational programs.

“Much of the money we make through the show goes right back into supporting rural and agricultural improvements across Eastern Ontario,” explained
Seed Growers president John Roosendaal. “Our organization supports field research in particular because not much is being conducted in the area anymore.”

In other business, directors discussed participation in several upcoming events, including the Vintage Iron & Traditions Steam and Machinery Show at the
Cumberland Museum May 24, the Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day June 4 at Ottawa City Hall, and the International Plowing Match at Finch Sept. 22-

Tom Van Dusen, GM, OVFS, 613-445-3407.
  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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