Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Ontario Mapleseed Pasture Award

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Ontario Mapleseed Pasture Award is approaching. Each year the Beef Farmers of Ontario partner with Mapleseed and the Ontario Forage Council in sponsoring the Ontario Mapleseed Pasture Award. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize an individual producer who has demonstrated good use of resources through selection and management of pastures. The winner is announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario in Toronto held in February each year and presented with a cash award of $500 donated by Mapleseed.Completed applications must be received by the Ontario Forage Council by November 30, 2016. Visit www. for more.

Tax credit for farmers who donate food

Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families. This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities. Further detail at: