Ontario Farm Animal Council

Ontario Farm Animal Council

October 30, 2007 13:00 ET

Ontario Farm Animal Council: Faces of Farming

Putting smart, sexy and talented into farming

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2007) -

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John Maaskant, Chair of the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) today unveiled the third annual FACES of FARMING Calendar that celebrates the hard work, dedication and values of Ontario's farming community.

"The FACES of FARMING calendar is a showcase of the changing image of today's farmer," said Mr. Maaskant. "Today's farmers are not your grandfather's generation of farmer." The unveiling, held at Guelph's Ontario Agri-Centre on October 30, introduced 19 farmers who were chosen to represent each month.

"Many people are surprised at what today's farmers look like and what kind of farming we are committed to," said dairy farmer Peter Ruiter of Ottawa, one of the calendar's participants.

"We farm differently today than in the past", said Kristin Ego MacPhail, another participant and market garden and nursery stock farmer from Coldwater (near Orillia). "We care passionately about the environment, have many skills and talents, are active in our communities yet we all still maintain that important connection with our families and the land."

FACES of FARMING shows the diverse nature of Ontario agriculture. When they're not farming, these participants are active in their communities as sports coaches and enthusiasts, 4-H leaders, church volunteers, musicians and agricultural ambassadors. Participants come from across the province representing 11 types of livestock and crop farms.

"These are truly real farmers with real heart," added Mr. Maaskant. "These farmers, this calendar and this event are a true celebration of the kind of people that are involved in farming 365 days of the year."

OFAC is the voice for animal agriculture, representing 40,000 livestock and poultry farmers, associations and businesses.

Note: The calendar will be "live" for viewing at www.ofac.org at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2007.

2008 Faces of Farming Calendar Participants

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Interviews with specific 2008 Faces of Farming calendar participants can be arranged by calling Kelly Daynard at the OFAC office, (519) 837-1326, cellular 519-993-8634 or emailing kdaynard@ofac.org.

January - Scott Matheson of Lakeside, Ontario Oxford County
(Sponsored by Ontario Pork and Lake Country Animal Nutrition)

February - Kelly Bruder of Elora, Ontario Wellington County
(Sponsored by Equine Merit Feed)

March - Peter Ruiter of Ottawa, Ontario Region of Ottawa
(Sponsored by Gay Lea Foods)

April - Andy and Bonnie DeWeerd of Tavistock, Ontario Perth County
(Sponsored by Egg Farmers of Ontario and Burnbrae Farms)

May - Kristin Ego MacPhail of Coldwater, Ontario Simcoe County
(Sponsored by the Ontario Environmental Farm Plan and AGCare)

June - Matt and Jill Dann of Palmerston, Ontario Wellington County
(Sponsored by Land O'Lakes Feed)

July - Don Grant of Dobbinton, Ontario Bruce County
(Sponsored by the Ontario Farm Animal Council)

August - Brian and Maggie VanCamp of Blackstock, Ontario Region of Durham
(Sponsored by Chicken Farmers of Ontario)

September - Ryan and Brynlea Smit of Lowbanks, Ontario Regional
Municipality of Niagara
(Sponsored by the Ontario Veal Association)

October - Bonnie Laman of Cayuga, Ontario Haldimand County
(Sponsored by the Ontario Goat Breeders' Association)

November - Leo Guilbeault of Belle River, Ontario Essex County
(Sponsored by Ontario Soybean Growers)

December - Elaine and Lindsay Jayne Hayter of Dashwood,
Ontario Huron County
(Sponsored by Turkey Farmers of Ontario)

Cover / January, 2008 - Lance Pocock and Alex Pinheiro of Oakville,
Ontario, Regional Municipality of Halton
(Sponsored by the Ontario Farm Animal Council)

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