Elgin Federation of Agriculture

The OFA represents the voice of Ontario’s farm families. We work with our 52 County Federations across Ontario, all levels of government, commodity and rural groups to meet the needs of our 38,000 members province-wide.

The Elgin Federation of Agriculture is a member based county affiliate of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (EFA), one of Ontario's general farm organizations. The general purpose of the EFA is to lobby to improve the economic and social well being of farmers in Elgin County, provide members with information on agricultural issues and to increase public awareness of agriculture and the food system.

For more information about the Elgin Federation of Agriculture including meeting notices, upcoming events and current involvement in the agricultural community, please visit the EFA website at elginfarmers.ca.

The Elgin Federation undertakes a variety of activities throughout the year to promote and support agriculture:

We organize a Waste Oil Recycling Day each summer for producers to dispose of used motor oil.

The Elgin County/Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship
The Elgin County/Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship was created by Elgin County Junior Farmers Alumni, Elgin Federation of Agriculture and the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.  The scholarship fund is administered by the Kettle Creek Conservation Trust. 

Every year $500 or 75% of the annual interest from the scholarship fund, whichever is greater, is awarded based upon the selection criteria. 

Who is eligible?
Elgin County or Kettle Creek watershed residents, between the ages of 17-30 who are entering or currently pursuing agriculturally-related studies with an emphasis on compatibility with the natural environment at a post secondary institution are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?
An application form can be acquired by contacting the Elgin Federation of Agriculture (519) 633-0114 or the Kettle Creek Conservation Trust (519) 631-1270.  scholarship applications

The annual deadline for applications is July 1st.
Interested applicants should contact  (519) 631-1270 ext. 224.

Plowing Match Scholarship
The County of Elgin and representatives from the 2010 International Plowing Match award a scholarship of $2,500 to one female and one male from Elgin County who ar studying in an agriculturally-related program.  The deadline is May 15, 2016.  Further information, and application form is available on the County's homepage at http://www.elgincounty.ca/

Leighton & Betty Brown Conservation Scholarship
Students living in the Long Point Region Watershed are invited to apply for one of three $1000 scholarships.  In Elgin, those students will live in Bayham and part of Malahide Municipalities.   The deadline is June 21, 2016.
For more details, please visit:       
http://lprca.on.ca/newsrel.htm

William Kingsley Erickson Bursary
Graduating secondary school students living in the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority watershed, in Southwold, Dutton/Dunwich or West Elgin are eligible to apply for this busary.  The deadline for this bursary is August 31, 2016.

For details, please visit:
www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca/student_bursary.html

The EFA has a long-standing tradition of hosting All Candidates meeting before each Federal and Provincial election in order to provide our members with an opportunity to address agricultural issues.

In addition, each February, the EFA hosts a banquet to honour farmers who have made outstanding contributions to the agricultural community.

Finally, the Elgin Federation of Agriculture supports the Buy Local Buy Fresh campaign that includes the pamphlet which lists producers, products and where consumers can locate them. Supporting your local farmer supports your local economy! 

EFA Office Address:
Suite 228, 450 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, ON
N5R 5V1
Office Phone: 519-633-0114

Secretary/Administrator: Roberta Gillard
Email address: robertagillard

President: Ed Ketchabaw
Email address:  edketchabaw

Board meetings are held at the office on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 8:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. during winter months)   Members welcome!

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