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Agriculture dans la municipalité de Pontiac - Agriculture and farming in the Municipality of Pontiac

Protecting Canada’s farmland, the right way

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Breckenridge Creek, Municipality of Pontiac, Québec.  (Image ©Thomas Soulière 2014)

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November 20, 2014 — Canada was once a country of farms. At Confederation, four out of every five Canadians were farmers. Today, farmers comprise less than two per cent of the population and produce a mere 1.1 per cent of GDP. Should it come as any surprise that the amount of farmland in Canada is shrinking, as well?

Last week, Statistics Canada released a comprehensive look at agriculture in Canada, bringing together the latest economic, geographic and ecological indicators. The most noteworthy observation: Nearly one million hectares of “dependable agricultural land” has disappeared from cultivation over the past 10 years, most of it subsumed by development around Canada’s biggest cities.

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Urban sprawl is destroying Ontario’s farmland

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The view from midway up the Luskville Falls Trail in the Gatineau Park looking south east over the center of the Municipality of Pontiac, Québec.  (Image ©Thomas Souliére 2013)


By: David Suzuki and Faisal Moola
© Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. 1996-2015

Despite its huge area, Canada has relatively little dependable farmland. Good soil and a friendly climate are hard to find. So it seems like good news that on a clear day you can see about half the best agricultural land in Canada from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower. If we’re to feed our growing urban populations, having food lands close to where people live will be critical to sustaining local food security.

Some regions of the country, like the Golden Horseshoe surrounding Toronto, have been blessed with an abundance of Class 1 soils. But an increasing proportion of the best soils in the Golden Horseshoe and in most urbanized regions of Canada now lie beneath sprawling housing developments, highways, strip malls and other infrastructure. As urban communities have grown over the years, agricultural lands and natural areas have far too often been drained, dug up and paved over.

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Bilan de l'assurance récolte 2014 : région de l'Outaouais

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GATINEAU, QC, le 17 févr. 2015 /CNW Telbec
La Financière agricole du Québec dresse un portrait de l'assurance récolte 2014 pour la région de l'Outaouais. Ainsi, La Financière agricole a versé, en date du 9 février 2015, aux 43 entreprises ayant subi des pertes indemnisables, des sommes totalisant 197 000 dollars dont près de 178 000 dollars pour les céréales, le maïs et les protéagineuses. Pour l'année d'assurance 2014, 368 entreprises agricoles de la région étaient assurées au programme pour des valeurs représentant 19 millions de dollars.

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End the Food Wars: Let’s Fight for Understanding Instead

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Rob Wallbridge

I can’t really tell if it was the “packed with pesticides” or the “bashing mom bashes good” phrase that finally made me realize what was wrong.

It wasn’t long after I became active on Twitter that I began to question some of my long-held assumptions about GMOs and “conventional” agriculture. I had always been a critic of GMO technology, based on a broad range on concerns and backed by what I considered solid evidence and sound arguments. But on-line I found a community of scientists, farmers, journalists and others who were passionate about good research, sound reasoning and logical thinking on agricultural issues. And their conclusions were often at odds with mine. Seeing their evidence, I was forced to re-evaluate and modify a number of my positions.

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Urgence 07: Un incendie suspect ravage l’Entrepôt du Ranch

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Urgence 07

Secteur Luskville – Les pompiers de la municipalité du Pontiac, secteur Luskville, sont intervenus pour combattre les flammes qui se sont attaquées à un hangar-entrepôt, l’Entrepôt du Ranch, dimanche soir au 1927, route 148. Le bâtiment de 20 000 pieds carrés servait à entreposer différents véhicules comme des motorisés, autos, camions, bateaux, etc.

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Québec veut que les municipalités soient chargées du dézonage agricole

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Le gouvernement propose de réduire la portée de la Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ), pour confier la responsabilité du dézonage agricole aux municipalités. L'Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) craint que dans ce contexte, les terres agricoles soient mises en péril. De leur côté, les MRC entrevoient des retombées positives.

Avec les informations d'Émilie Parent-Bouchard

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Where have Canada’s young farmers gone?

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Ralph C. Martin, PhD, P.Ag
Guelph Mercury

The Statistics Canada 2011 Census of Agriculture shows that farm youth are still leaving their farms. About 20 years ago, almost 20 per cent of farmers were under 35 and by 2006, less than 10 per cent of farmers qualified for this distinction. In 2011, only 8.2 per cent of farmers were in this energetic age category of enhanced mental acuity and physical stamina.

Let’s be clear that we’re not only talking about fewer farmers as farms increase in size. The point to emphasize is that as the overall population of farmers declines, young farmers are disappearing even faster.

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Le CLD des Collines-de-l'Outaouais veut connaître votre opinion

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L’équipe du Centre Local de Développement des Collines-de-l'Outaouais et la municipalité de Pontiac vous invitent à vous rassembler et échanger sur les enjeux, les priorités et les projets qui vous touchent.

La consultation publique aura lieu le 27 novembre 2014 de 19h30 à 21h30 à la salle du Club Lions, 2, chemin Ferry, Pontiac (secteur Quyon).

Venez donner votre opinion sur l’avenir de l’économie de votre municipalité. Nos actions pour les cinq (5) prochaines années doivent refléter vos besoins et vos attentes.

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The CLD des Collines-de-l’Outaouais Wants to Know Your Opinion

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The Centre local de développement des Collines de l'Outaouais team and the Municipality of Pontiac invite you to gather and discuss the issues, the priorities and the projects that affect you.

The public consultation will take place November 27, 2014 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Quyon Lions Hall, 2 Ferry Road, Pontiac.

Come give your opinion on the future of your community’s economy. Our plan for the next five (5) years should reflect your needs and expectations.

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Soaring farmland prices a crisis in the making: Don Pittis

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Don Pittis
CBC News | Canada

If you knew there was a very safe Canadian investment that skyrocketed by 20 per cent last year, you'd probably say that was a good thing.

But when the thing that's going up in value is farmland, Christie Young says it's a crisis in the making.

The latest survey by Farm Credit Canada shows the price of farmland in Quebec rose by a staggering 19.4 per cent last year. Nationally, Canadian farmland from coast to coast has risen by an average of 12 per cent a year since 2008. That's more than five times the rate of inflation.

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Beaucoup d'oeufs à la ferme JAE Farm Has Plenty of Eggs

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Secteur Eardley — Si vous avez besoin des œufs, nous avons beaucoup. Nos poussins du printemps dernier ont vieilli en poules en libre parcours.

Venez visiter la ferme pour acheter vos douzaine d'œufs ou plus ....

Nous sommes maintenant en mesure d'accueillir quelques clients réguliers et selon le lieu, la livraison pourrait être disponible.

Visitez notre site Web, rejoignez-nous sur facebook ou appelez-nous par téléphone en composant le (819) 351-5513



If you need eggs, we have plenty.  Our spring chicks have matured into free-ranging happy hens.  

Come by the farm to pick up your dozen or more . . .

We would also now be able to accommodate some regular customers and depending on the area, delivery may be possible.

Visit our website, join us on facebook or call us by telephone at (819) 351-5513

 

Agricultural Training Course — Hygiene and Food Safety

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A training course on hygiene and food safety necessary for businesses wishing to sell food they transform themselves will be held at the Heritage College Campus – Campbell’s Bay.  The English 2-day training course will take place on October 27-28.  The cost of the course is $60 per person with a MAPAQ agricultural producers card and $287.44 per person without.

To register, contact the CRFAO BEFORE TRAINING (preferably by October 20). A completed form and check payable to the order of CRFAO must be received.  For any questions, please contact: 

Nathalie Guimond, CRFAO
819-985-2293
toll-free 1-844-985-2293
crfao@formationagricole.com
 

Protéger les terres et défendre les droits des producteurs : un devoir pour l’Union des producteurs agricoles

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L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) et Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie ont récemment signé le protocole qui entérine la seconde révision de l’entente entre les deux organisations sur le passage des lignes de transport en milieux agricole et forestier.

Il faut rappeler que les producteurs agricoles et forestiers bénéficient depuis 1986 d’une entente négociée entre l’UPA et Hydro-Québec. Cette entente vise à optimiser la localisation des lignes de transport d’électricité et des postes sur les terres, à réduire les impacts lors de la construction de ces infrastructures et lors des travaux d’entretien, et à compenser équitablement les désagréments et pertes de récolte occasionnés par l’implantation d’un projet donné sur les propriétés.

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Ferme Stépido

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La famille Alary est propriétaire de la Ferme Stépido depuis quatre générations. Bruno, Stéphane et Justin Alary nous parlent de leur vision du métier d'agriculteur.
Vidéo réalisée par Pixie Cram dans le cadre du projet de média intergénérationnel de la Table autonome des aînés des Collines.

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Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

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Rob Wallbridge

We should all recognize by now that “feeding the world” is much more a logistical and political challenge than an agricultural one. As a farmer, however, I spend a lot of time thinking about producing food economically, efficiently, and ecologically. Conventional wisdom dictates that genetically-engineered crops are a vital part of the overall solution, while organic methods are nothing more than a way to fill a niche market for affluent consumers. Is that assumption accurate? What is it going to take to meet production challenges?

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Will a Neonic Ban Save the Bees?

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Rob Wallbridge

As an organic farmer, I get lots of invitations to sign petitions to ban things like insecticides herbicides or GMOs. When I was younger, I used to sign these petitions and even share them with others, often accompanied with white-hot exhortations that others should sign them too.

More often than not these days, I find myself cringing a little when these passionate pleas cross my screen. The hot topic recently has been neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics), which are blamed by some scientists and activists but not others as a key driver of spike bee deaths. Predictably the views of many anti-chemical environmental NGOs range from scepticism to outright fear: a recent literature review by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (a European-based non-profit) concludes that their environmental impact is “impossible to deny”; the International Union for Conservation of Nature (an NGO with a similar ideological tilt) says neonics are responsible for bee deaths and “must be banned.”

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Gaining Ground: Managing On-Farm Fly Populations

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Rob Wallbridge

The persistent buzz and tickle of tiny feet on my face early this morning as the sun rose reminded me that fly season has reached our part of the country once again. Hopefully, most of you will have started your fly management activities months ago, but for those a little slow off the bat, or everyone looking for extra tips and information, let’s look at where to prioritize your investments of time and money.

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Sorry, Farmers, You’re Soon to Be out of a Job. Urban Shepherd, Anyone?

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I don’t mean to alarm you, farmers, but your job is in danger.

Career Cast, a job-hunting site, recently released its “Most Endangered Jobs for 2014” with the role of farmer listed in the No. 2 position, faring only slightly better than the much-beleaguered mail carrier. Two things: this is not shocking, nor necessarily negative. Let me explain.

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Organic Farming and Modern Technology: Friend or Foe?

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Rob Wallbridge

I just listened to a recent interview with Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations for the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie is the daughter of the scientist who is often referred to as the ‘father of the Green Revolution,” which saw the introduction, beginning in the late 1950s, of advanced breeding techniques, synthetic fertilizers and other technological innovations to boost yields.

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Avis Public Quartier 4 - Public Notice Ward 4

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À TOUS LES RÉSIDENTS, GENS D’AFFAIRES ET ASSOCIATIONS DU SECTEUR DE LUSKVILLE (QUARTIER ÉLECTORAL # 4) DE LA MUNICIPALITÉ

Monsieur le maire Roger Larose et votre conseillère Madame Inès Pontiroli vous invitent cordialement à une rencontre.

Cette rencontre a pour but de réunir tous les citoyens du quartier, à se rencontrer et échanger dans une atmosphère conviviale et informelle avec leur maire et leur conseiller.

Venez partager avec nous vos besoins, demandes, idées ou suggestions pour le développement et le mieux-être de notre beau quartier.

Centre communautaire secteur Luskville (2024 Route 148) le jeudi, 26 juin 2014 à 19:30 heures


TO ALL RESIDENTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE AND ASSOCIATIONS OF THE LUSKVILLE SECTOR (WARD #4) OF THE MUNICIPALITY

The mayor, Mr. Roger Larose and your councillor Mrs Inès Pontiroli, cordially invite you to a meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather the citizens of ward 4 to meet and exchange ideas with their mayor and councillor in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Come share your needs, requests, ideas or suggestions for the development and welfare of our beautiful community.

Luskville community centre (2024 Route 148) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26th 2014

 

Animal Abuse is Never Okay

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by ModernMilkmaid

I never wanted to write this post. Sadly, I must address the recent undercover video by Mercy for Animals on a British Columbia dairy farm.

As an animal lover, I am disgusted and horrified by abuse or mistreatment of any kind. As a dairy farmer, I am sickened that anyone would hurt cows and calves.

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Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing

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Rob Wallbridge

It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical debate. The farmers, scientists and bloggers I’ve encountered have radically altered the way I view the world and certain issues, GMOs in particular. Yet every once in a while, I am reminded that to be human is to be subjective, and that bias can lead people to accept flaws in one argument that they would not tolerate in another.

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De moins en moins de fermes au pays

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Alors que le nombre de fermes diminue au Canada, leur taille augmente et leurs exploitants se font de plus en plus âgés, révèle un rapport rendu public mardi par Statistique Canada.

L'agence, qui se fonde sur les données du Recensement de l'agriculture de 2011, a répertorié 205 730 fermes en 2011 au pays, ce qui représente un déclin de 74 000 exploitations agricoles en vingt ans.

Pendant ce temps, depuis 1991, la superficie agricole moyenne a augmenté pour passer de 198 à 778 acres

Un des auteurs du rapport et analyste en agriculture, Martin Beaulieu, a expliqué qu'une des raisons de cet accroissement de la taille des fermes est la mise en commun des terres à mesure que les agriculteurs prennent leur retraite.

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Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?

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by Rob Wallbridge
The Fanning Mill

According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to takes its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price were the same. By partnering with the Wild Oats organic food brand, they plan to introduce a line of organic products priced the same as non-organic equivalents.

On the surface, it sounds do-able. As I’ve pointed out before, the organic premium is largely a factor of economies of scale in transportation, processing, marketing, and distribution, as well as the laws of supply and demand that allow all players in the food chain to earn a little extra along the way (whether they’ve incurred all that extra cost or not). This also means that the premium paid to the grower is rarely directly reflected in the retail price.

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