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January 21, 2015 2015 FARM SHOW TO RING IN NEW CONTEST Guessing the weight of a cow or bull to win a prize at a farm event isn’t unheard of. For its 2015 edition March 10-12, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show is introducing a weight guessing game with a difference.
February 26, 2014 FAT LES’S COMING TO 2014 FARM SHOW It’ll be a clear case of Les is more at the 2014 Ottawa Valley Farm Show, March 11-13 at the EY Centre. Les Winters of Kemptville will be bringing his Fat Les’s food wagon to the show and parking it in a prominent location. The trailer will be located outside the centre’s south entrance.
October 19, 2013 OVSGA WELCOMED INTO CHEO DIAMOND DONOR CATEGORY 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.
August 15, 2013 SEED GROWERS APPROVE $10,000 FOR 2015 IPM COOKBOOK The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association will contribute $10,000 to help produce the traditional cookbook for the 2015 International Plowing Match to be held near Finch. The decision was made at the association's recent annual meeting following an appeal from Jennifer and Jeff Waldroff on behalf of the 2015 organizing committee.
April 29, 2013 SEED GROWERS REVIEW 2013 OVFS, APPROVE DONATIONS Directors of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association approved several donations to agricultural organizations and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario when they met in Kemptville recently. It was their first full meeting following the 2013 Ottawa Valley Farm Show held in March and most of the agenda was occupied with comments about the show and suggestions for the 2014 edition. (The Seed Growers organize and sponsor the annual Farm Show).
January 21, 2013 SEED GROWERS ENDORSE POSITIVE PROGRAMS AT 2013 FARM SHOW At its recent regular meeting, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, which has sponsored the farm show for the past 86 years, decided to help celebrate this year's 100th anniversary of 4-H Canada and to promote "Agriculture More Than Ever" (AMTE), a program devised by Farm Credit Canada.
November 21, 2012 SEED GROWERS GIVE $15,000 TO HAY EAST The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has decided to contribute $15,000 to the Hay East campaign which is working to alleviate a feed shortage in Renfrew County and other parts of Eastern Ontario brought on by the recent summer drought.
April 30. 2012 SEED GROWERS DONATE PARTIAL PROCEEDS FROM 2012 FARM SHOW The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association conducted a regular spring ritual during a recent board of directors meeting, giving away thousands of dollars to worthwhile agricultural causes across Eastern Ontario and beyond.
March 5, 2012 OTTAWA MAYOR TO OPEN 2012 FARM SHOW Mayor Jim Watson will officially open the 2012 Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 13, the 85th anniversary of the event which debuted in Renfrew County as a rotating seed exhibition. Watson will officiate March 13 at 12 noon during the first show to be held at the city's new CE Centre on Uplands Drive.
February 21, 2012 OVFS SPONSORS ATTEND KENTUCKY FARM SHOW A delegation from the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association returned from Kentucky February 19 after a visit to the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, America's largest indoor agricultural trade exhibition.
February 7, 2012 HEATHER METCALFE-GRIFFITH RETURNS AS 2012 OVFS ARTIST After contributing an impressive commemorative painting to last year's Farm Show auction, Heather Metcalfe-Griffith has been invited back as guest artist at the 2012 show. This year's offering from Heather is a cool winter landscape, a scene typical of Eastern Ontario farm country. She calls it "Crisp Winter Scene"; it measures 30 x 24 inches.
January 20, 2012 2012 SEED JUDGING TO BE HELD OFF-SITE For the first time, annual seed judging for the 2012 Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 13-15 will be held off the show site to facilitate the move-in process and make participation less complicated for judges and those delivering entries.
January 5, 2012 2012 OTTAWA VALLEY FARM SHOW COMING TOGETHER AT NEW CE CENTRE Two major milestones for the Ottawa Valley Farm Show will be celebrated with the 2012 edition set for March 13-15. It's the 85th anniversary for the OVFS, and for the first time in more than 50 years, the OVFS will be presented in a new location, the CE Centre across from the Ottawa International Airport, a move made necessary by redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, the show's former Ottawa home.
July 26, 2011 KINBURN'S BRUCE HUDSON NEW OVSGA PRESIDENT Kinburn pork producer and cash cropper Bruce Hudson is the new president of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, sponsor of the annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
March 8, 2011 YESTERYEAR FARMING, 4-H JUDGING PART OF 2011 FARM SHOW It's almost time for the 84th annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show coming up at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa March 15-17. This is an historic edition of Ontario's oldest agricultural trade show: It'll mark the final event at Lansdowne after 52 years.
February 22, 2011 2011 IPM LINES UP $5000 FOR QUEEN OF FURROW BANQUET Prescott-Russell International Plowing Match (IPM) chairman Gary Barton came calling on the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) Feb. 14 and walked way with $5,000 to co-sponsor the annual Queen of the Furrow banquet.
July 27, 2010 FARM SHOW OPTS FOR NEW OTTAWA EXHIBITION CENTRE SEED GROWERS TAKE ON TOP HALL OF FAME SPONSORSHIP Ottawa Valley Seed Growers agreed during their annual meeting July 25 to hold at least the 2012 edition of their Ottawa Valley Farm Show at the proposed new Capital Exhibition Centre at Ottawa International Airport. In other business, the Seed Growers voted to become Patron Sponsors of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, an institution they've continuously supported with nominations and donations.
April 27, 2010 SEED GROWERS DISTRIBUTE AWARDS TO 4-H, CHEO Much of the proceeds from the successful annual non-profit show are returned to the agricultural community through various grants to worthy organizations such as 4-H which receives free exhibit space, as well as booth curtaining and carpets, through the OVSGA. So far this year, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has awarded close to $10,000 to Eastern Ontario 4-H activities both as prize money and as program funding.
March 4, 2010 FARM SHOW VISITORS ELIGIBLE FOR TOP PRIZES Ottawa Valley Seed Growers director Barry Dean is in charge of door prizes at the 2010 Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 16-18 at Lansdowne Park, and he has lined up some beauties. Every visitor stopping at the Farm Show ticket booths will be eligible for the draws to be conducted at 3 pm on the last day of the show.
February 26, 2010 SEED GROWERS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT 4-H AT FARM SHOW The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association firmed up its continued support of 4-H programs in Eastern Ontario by finalizing participation of the rural youth organization in the 2010 Ottawa Valley Farm Show. Special guest at the 2010 official opening March 16 at 12 noon will be Jessie Groniger, 21, of Carlsbad Springs, serving this year as one of five provincial 4-H ambassadors.
February 23, 2010 OTTAWA VALLEY SEED GROWERS PHOTO PAGE Several presentations were made at a recent meeting of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Board of Directors. Click to see the photos and captions.
September 24, 2009 OTTAWA VALLEY FARM SHOW GATE AUCTION SET FOR OCTOBER 5 Several Eastern Ontario agricultural societies are expected to be among parties represented when the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers, who sponsor the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, disperse 80-90 good quality livestock gates Oct. 5.
April 22, 2009 OVSGA INVESTS $100,000 IN DAIRY RESEARCH CENTRE The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has decided to spark the local fundraising campaign towards a $750,000 robotic dairy research centre at Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph with a $100,000 gift. The money will be funneled into the project through the Kemptville College Foundation.
March 3, 2009 OFA PRESIDENT TO OPEN 2009 OTTAWA VALLEY FARM SHOW Ontario Federation of Agriculture president Bette Jean Crews will officially open the 2009 Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 17 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. Crews will take to the podium at 12 noon to briefly describe the federation perspective on the state of agriculture in Ontario during the current economic downturn.
February 10, 2009 FCC BECOMES FARM SHOW 'OFFICIAL AG BUSINESS PARTNER' The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) has finalized a three-year, supporting partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), the first agreement of its kind involving the 82-year-old non-profit event. Effective with the 2009 OVFS being held March 17-19 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, FCC becomes the "Official Ag Business Partner" of the OVFS.
January 26, 2009 BIG DOOR PRIZES TO ADD EXCITEMENT TO 2009 FARM SHOW With the compliments of two prominent agricultural companies, this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show will feature a pair of major door prizes as an extra incentive for visitors to attend the event at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
July 30, 2008 SEED GROWERS SPONSOR MINI HALL OF FAME IN KEMPTVILLE The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association is sponsoring a mini Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame at Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph. Details of the project were finalized during the OVSGA annual meeting held at Eganville July 27.
May 1, 2008 SEED GROWERS PROVIDE SEVERAL GRANTS TO SPECIAL CAUSES The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association was in a generous mood when it met in Kemptville April 28, approving cash grants for several organizations including the annual Beef Debut in Carp, two 4-H causes, and the Super Ex Pure Country Pavilion.
March 7, 2008 INVITATION TO NEWS AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS The 81st Ottawa Valley Farm Show will be held at Lansdowne Park March 11-13. Show times are 9 am-5pm the 11th, 9am-8pm the 12th, and 9am-4pm the 13th. This is your invitation to use the farm show as a backdrop for stories about agriculture and the people in the business.
March 4, 2008 BIGGEST FARM SHOW COMING UP AT LANSDOWNE PARK MARCH 11-13 The biggest Ottawa Valley Farm Show ever is set to roll out at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa March 11-13. Some 330 exhibit spaces have been booked by everyone from large machinery dealers to providers of farm financial services, to agricultural lobby groups and other rural-based organizations, said OVFS general manager Tom Van Dusen.
January 25, 2008 SEED GROWERS SUPPORT ORGANIC DAIRY, 4-H FIELD CROPS The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has granted $500 to the Alfred Campus of University of Guelph to help it stage an organic dairy conference April 7-8. In agreeing to provide the funds, OVSGA directors meeting in Kemptville Jan. 21 felt that supporting alternative agriculture is a worthwhile cause.
May 7, 2007 SEED GROWERS DELIVER SUPPORT TO 4-H PROGRAMS Eastern Ontario young people - particularly 4-H members - were the main beneficiaries when the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association recently distributed some of the revenues from its annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
February 20, 2007 OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMERS OPEN 2007 FARM SHOW Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2006 will officially open this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 13-15 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. Don and Joanne Russell, who operate a dairy farm at Cobden, Renfrew County, will do the honours March 13 at 12 noon on the Concourse level of the Civic Centre. Also featured will be a brief presentation by organizers of the 2007 International Plowing Match at Crosby.
January 24, 2007 SEED GROWERS GET SET FOR 80TH ANNUAL FARM SHOW Directors of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association met in Kemptville Jan. 22 to go over plans for their 80th successive annual seed show, a tradition launched in Renfrew County in 1927.
January 12, 2007 FIELD CROPS JUDGING WORKSHOP COMING FEB. 7 Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, a Field Crops Judging Workshop has been set for the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph Feb. 7.
October 23, 2006 OVSGA BACKS BARCLAY DICK FOR HALL OF FAME The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has decided to sponsor the nomination of the late Barclay Dick to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.
March 21, 2006 OVFS ATTENDANCE UP, SEED SALE RAISES $5,200 Paid admissions were up by more than 300 at the March 14-16 Ottawa Valley Farm Show, an improvement management attributes to near perfect weather and a hopeful spirit.
March 2, 2006 DAVID FARRAR FEATURED ARTIST AT PEDIGREED SEED SALE Carp's David Farrar is the featured artist at this year's annual Pedigreed Seed Sale for CHEO and the Foodgrains Bank. Net proceeds from David's framed, numbered print "November Day" purchased by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association will be contributed to the two charitable causes.
February 27, 2006 EBI ANCHORS EXPANDED FARM SHOW LIVESTOCK SECTION Anchored by Eastern Breeders Inc. of Kemptville, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show will feature an expanded and relocated livestock section in 2006. The attraction will be situated at the west end of the Civic Centre Concourse, one of the farm show's six display areas at Lansdowne Park which also include the main Exhibit Hall, the Arena, the Aberdeen Pavilion, Coliseum and Outdoor Mall.
January 30, 2006 4-H TO CLOWN AROUND AT 2006 FARM SHOW With the Ottawa Valley Farm Show landing once again in Spring Break for many Ontario schools, what better way to welcome young farmers of the future than with colourful clowns cruising the corridors. Decked out in full circus-style regalia, the clowns are 4-H members in disguise.
January 9, 2006 2006 OTTAWA VALLEY FARM SHOW COMING SOON The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association is finalizing plans for this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show, a trade exhibition organized annually by farmers for farmers and other rural residents.
July 25, 2005 SEED GROWERS ELECT KEITH MATTHIE PRESIDENT For the next two years, Algonquin dairy farmer Keith Matthie will serve as president of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association of which he has been a member and director for many years.
March 6, 2005 PAUL SCHIBLI ORIGINAL FARM SCENE IN SEED SALE Just in time for the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Russell watercolourist Paul Schibli has created a pastoral scene specifically for the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed sale on behalf of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
February 22, 2005 FARM SHOW OFFERS VISITORS $1 FOOD VOUCHER Sponsors of the 2005 Ottawa Valley Farm Show have decided to offer a $1 food coupon with every admission into the grounds as a way of showing support for Eastern Ontario farmers.
February 11, 2005 QUILTMASTER PROVIDES HANDIWORK FOR SEED SALE A quilter for 30 years, Victoria VanderLinden of the Metcalfe area has provided one of her colourful works for the annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale, March 17, 12 noon, at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
January 19, 2005 OVSGA STREAMLINES ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has revised the traditional format for presenting annual awards to the region's top pedigreed seed producers.
May 7, 2004 OVSGA GIVES MORE THAN $35,000 TO VARIOUS PROGRAMS Eastern Ontario youth and agricultural initiatives were the main beneficiaries when the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association handed out some of the proceeds from its annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show held in March.
March 3, 2004 A 75-CENT BEST BURGER? ONLY AT THE FARM SHOW Come on out and enjoy a 75-cent Eastern Ontario beef burger, compliments of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association! And not just any burger! Topped with barbecue sauce, cheese, mushrooms and onions, and served on a kaiser bun, it's the Farm Show Best Burger, a celebration of the Eastern Ontario beef industry.
February 24, 2004 OVSGA SETS ASIDE $5,000 FOR CHICKPEA RESEARCH Kemptville College researcher Jagdish Kumar was looking for financial support to help register new varieties of chickpea and identify suitable herbicides. Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association Directors responded by alloting $5,000 to the project when it gets underway.
February 23, 2004 OVSGA DIRECTORS LEAD THE WAY Two Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association directors have been recognized lately for their contributions to Eastern Ontario agriculture.
February 11, 2004 SEED GROWERS USE FARM SHOW TO SUPPORT BEEF PRODUCERS With less than six weeks to go to the 77th Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 16-18 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, organizers have decided to use the event to support the beef industry suffering the ongoing fallout of two North American cases of BSE.
January 19, 2004 PHOTO FEATURE Alfred College director Gilbert Heroux thanks Bill Halpenny, president of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, for a recent $10,000 contribution to new programs at the college.
November 28, 2003 LIVESTOCK TO REMAIN OUT OF 2004 OTTAWA VALLEY FARM SHOW The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Board of Directors have opted not to feature livestock for the second year in a row. The livestock show and sales were cancelled last year after Lansdowne management tore down the Sprung Structure; although management was prepared to make part of the old Century Building available, directors decided that space limitations, the BSE crisis and other financial factors made the return of livestock unfeasible in 2004.
November 26, 2003 PRESENTATIONS MADE AT NOVEMBER 24th DIRECTORS MEETING There were two special events at the November 24th meeting of theOttawa Valley Seed Growers Board of Directors. A cheque for $20,000 was presented to Kemptville College Foundation, and retiring Ottawa Valley Seed Growers honorary director Fred Ritchie was recognized with a cake for 45 years of service.
October 28, 2003 SEED GROWERS GIVE COLLEGE FOUNDATION $20,000 2004 OVFS PREPARATIONS NOW UNDERWAY At a recent board of directors meeting, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association voted to contribute $20,000 to an ongoing campaign by the Kemptville College Foundation which has a goal of $100,000. At the same meeting, organizational committees were established, officially launching preparations for the 2004 Ottawa Valley Farm Show. Dates for the show are March 16, 17 and 18 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
August 1, 2003 OVSGA CONFIRMS HALPENNY AS NEW PRESIDENT Almonte dairy farmer Bill Halpenny moved up to president when the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association held its annual meeting recently. He'll hold the post for the next two years
July 10, 2003 OVSG ANNUAL MEETING CALLED FOR JULY 27, 2003. All Directors and Committee Members are invited to attend the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers' Association Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 27, 2003. The meeting will be held at the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club, 6627 Marina Drive, just south of Manotick, Ontario. The meeting will begin at 2:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 5:00 pm.
May 2, 2003 OVSGA CONTRIBUTES TO CHEO, FARM ORGANIZATIONS The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has confirmed a $5,000 donation to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, money raised during the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale held during the 2003 Ottawa Valley Farm Show at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park, March 18-20.
March 10, 2003 Keeping, Eastman And Dodds Among Farm Show Features CJOH news anchor Max Keeping and Ottawa City Councillor Dwight Eastman will be special guests at the 2003 Ottawa Valley Farm Show March 18-20 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. This year's featured artist is Arnprior-based Kevin Dodds whose vintage farm and rural scenes are depicted in paintings, numbered prints and on collector plates.
January 21, 2003 OVSGA Reluctantly Cancels Farm Show Livestock The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has reluctantly decided to cancel the livestock component of this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show scheduled for March 18-20 at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.
February 8, 2002 General Manager's Message - 2002 The 75th edition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) - Ontario's longest running agricultural trade show - March 19-21 is shaping up to be bigger than ever.
January 16, 2002 OVFS directors hammer out details of 75th anniversary show From the number of sales to configuration of the space, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association livestock committee has finalized many of the details of its Sprung Structure presentation for the 2002 Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) to be held March 19-21 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
December 3, 2001 Space confirmation for 2002 - It's our 75th! On behalf of Lynda McCuaig, president of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, the board of directors, secretary-treasurer Mary Joynt and myself, I invite you to confirm space for the Year 2002 Ottawa Valley Farm Show, March 19, 20, 21.
December 3, 2001 Space contracts - Show days have changed In our recent mail-out package, you will find your contract for space at the 2002 Ottawa Valley Farm Show to be held March 19-21 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. Please return it with payment as soon as possible to guarantee your booth, and carefully read the attached information sheet.
April 16, 2001 2001 OVFS Wrap-up Excellent weather on two of the three days and the addition of two new cattle auctions helped draw large crowds to this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show held March 14-16 at Lansdowne Park. It was the 74th edition sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association.
March 21, 2001 2001 OVFS Award Winners The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association held its awards banquet on the night of Wed., March 14 to honour the winners of the special classes at the 2001 Ottawa Valley Farm Show Seed Show.
March 15, 2001 OVFS Simmental sale results: Bulls average $2,045; open heifers average $1537 Five bulls totalled $10,225 for an average of $2,045 and 16 open heifers totalled $24,600 for an average of $1,537.50 in the March 14 Ottawa Valley Simmental Club Sale at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.
March 14, 2001 Canada's farming capital - Doug Thompson, Sam Dagg open OVFS 2001 Agriculture pumps more than $400-million a year into the economy of the newly-expanded City of Ottawa, councillor Doug Thompson said as he and IPM 2001 chair Sam Dagg officially opened the 74th edition of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show Wednesday morning in the Aberdeen Pavilion. Thompson, head of council's new Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, pledged his support to the industry, which accounts for 90 per cent of the land area within the expanded boundaries of Canada's capital.
February 19, 2001 OVSGA backs struggling farmers Directors of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) have officially expressed their support for struggling Eastern Ontario farmers by calling for financial assistance from the federal and provincial ministers of agriculture (Please see accompanying letter "OVSGA writes ..").
February 13, 2001 OVSGA insists on ID tags at 2001 Farm Show The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) has decided that all eligible animals at this year's Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) must be tagged under the new Canadian cattle identification program.
February 1, 2001 Holstein Sale March 16 A Holstein auction will be added to the Ottawa Valley Farm Show's 2001 program, bringing to three the total of cattle sales held during the event. Dates for the 74th edition of the popular agricultural trade show held at Lansdowne Park are March 14, 15 and 16.
August 3, 2000 OVSGA grant supports expanded Ex 4-H, ag exhibits - Annual meeting held July 30 NORTH GOWER - The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) gave out two grants for agricultural-related promotion during its annual meeting at North Gower July 30, 2000.
March 28, 2000 Pedigreed Seed Auction a win-win-win situation OTTAWA - It was a win-win-win situation at the Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Auction hosted by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) during the Ottawa Valley Farm Show Fri., March 17, 2000.
March 28, 2000 Simmental sale results OTTAWA - Seventeen lots sold for a total of $28,550 and a sale average of $1679 at the Ottawa Valley Simmental Club's Spring Sale at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show Wed., March 15, 2000, according to club secretary Rose Lamingman of Merrickville.