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By Fadi Didi

Mark Richards fills the bill and has been awarded the Innovator of the Year Award for 2018.


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Every year, Innovative Farmers of Ontario (IFAO) chooses a farmer who exemplifies great soil stewardship, progressive thinking, and the drive to explore ways to improve their farming practices.

Mark Richards fills the bill and has been awarded the Innovator of the Year Award for 2018.

He has worked hard to critically assess and improve his own farming practices over the course of twenty years starting with cover crops, then progressing into no till and strip till, notably in sugar beets and tomatoes.

Richards lives near Dresden where he farms over 2000 acres with his father, his uncle and his cousin, .... growing tomatoes, sugar beets, corn, soy beans, and wheat.

They have been using no till in soy beans and wheat for over twenty years.

Eventually they moved on to tomatoes, corn and sugar beets.

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A Tavistock man has pled guilty to neglecting a barn full of some 15 hundred pigs.

Ben Stein will be sentenced in a Simcoe court on April 26th.

A year ago, inspectors from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found 1,265 pigs dead and euthanized another 250 at a barn at Langton, west of Simcoe.

The OSPCA said Stein should have sought help that is available to farmers who are unable to care for their livestock.


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