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Access to Agriculture


March 3 – 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again! The NFU-O is hosting our annual convention and AGM in Ridgetown, ON. This year the AGM will focus on topics around accessing agriculture. We will tackle discussion and workshops on youth in agriculture, the adjustments of family farms, unconventional farming due to land prices and much more. The convention will take place over three days at the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus.

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Convention Schedule

Friday March 3, 2017

Student Workshop
1:30 p.m.

Pioneer Lecture Theatre, Rudy H. Brown, Rural Development Centre, Ridgetown College, Ridgetown

Join us for a full day on Friday, as we start the day off with a student-only discussion panel made up of legal and financial advisors. Students will have the chance to learn from experts in order to get a leg up in starting their farm business. The convention itself will provide unique perspectives on accessing land as new farmers as well provide a forum for discussing current agricultural issues.

In order to assist students in being able to attend, the NFU-O is offering bursaries to students in agriculture/environmental/horticultural programs. The short application form can be found here: Ridgetown students need only to show id at the door to attend all events free of charge.

Public Film Screening

Living in a Food Desert film screening
Doors Open at 7:00 p.m

Pioneer Lecture Theatre, Rudy H. Brown, Rural Development Centre, Ridgetown College, Ridgetown

Tickets are $10.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email or call 1-888-832-9638 if you would like to attend but funds are a barrier.

Across Virginia – from Hampton to Richmond, Petersburg to Lynchburg to Wise County and all points in between – approximately 17.8 percent of Virginia’s population live in food desert. This documentary was produced by Virgina State University as part of a study on food insecurity in the College of Agriculture.

Following the film, there will be a discussion regarding the impact of food deserts in Canada.

Saturday March 4, 2017

Regional Convention and AGM
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pioneer Lecture Theatre, Rudy H. Brown, Rural Development Centre, Ridgetown College, Ridgetown

Cost (lunch included) – $30/person; $20/youth ages 25 and under
Register here or call Sarah Bakker, General Manager, at 1-888-832-9638.

Effective Succession Planning – A Panel Discussion
Our panelists will focus on enterprising ways to plan for the future. Whether you’re a new farmer just starting out, or you’re an experience farmer looking to pass your land to the next generation, this discussion will prompt creative thinking about access to land and options for creating successful farm businesses.

NFU/NFU-O Business: reports from regional council and national officials, elections, and debates on policy resolutions.

Sunday March 5, 2017

Farm Tours

10:00 a.m. Willow Springs Hydroponics
6500 Fansher Rd, Florence, ON N0P 1R0

Learn how Willow Springs Hydroponics grows their own biomass to heat their greenhouses for growing peppers.

11:00 a.m. Munro Honey & Meadery
3115 River St., Alvinston, ON N0N 1A0

Check out the Munros’ honey operation and learn how they make mead – a honey-based wine.


• Howard Johnson – 519-674-5454
21198 Victoria Rd, Ridgetown (Ask for the National Farmers Union Conference rates, which is $75+tax / night based on a two night stay.)

Chatham Kent Options:

• Comfort Inn Chatham – $109 – 519-352-5500
• Travelodge Chatham – $100 – 519-436-1200
• Holiday Inn Express & Suites – $140 – 519-351-1100

For any questions or concerns regarding the 2017 AGM & Convention please contact us at

For sponsorship information please contact us at or download the sponsorship package below

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