Mike Belan’s commitment to soil health, environmental stewardship, and progressive thinking made Belan a deserving recipient of the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario (IFAO) 2020 Innovative Farmer of the Year award.
Lambton County farmers are fed up with what they call aggressive animals rights activism, an issue plaguing mainly livestock farmers across Canada.
Dickenson is among the farmers hard-hit by the wet weather. His farm in Lambton – the county with the most damage reports filed to Agricorp this year at 1,246 – is heavy Brisbane clay, which retains water for days. Farmers on clay soils typically need a week of dry weather for crops to develop fully their root systems.
In late February, the Lambton Farm Safety Association co-hosted a seminar on mental health and farming, a topic of growing concern for those in rural Ontario. People, especially youth, are leaving small towns for bigger cities. Rural populations are getting smaller, older, and more spread out. Banks and other industries are closing their doors in farm country.
The Lambton Federation of Agriculture is hosting an event Feb. 27 Two Lambton County ag organizations are hosting a mental health workshop at the end of February. The Lambton Federation of Agriculture and the Lambton Farm Safety Association will host Opening
Alumni say the youth organization taught them self-confidence and helped form a lifelong network of friends Canadian parents who have teenagers or 20 somethings at home worry about the same things: how do I pry my kids away from the
“So what we did is we sold some farms, reduced some of our equipment and reduced the man hours on our tractors. And this no-till drill came along, John Deere produced it and dad went and bought one. He sold
Belan Farms, a 1,200-acre cash crop operation in Dawn-Euphemia that’s operated by three generations of the Belan family, has won the 2018 Outstanding Farmer Award from the Lambton Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
Mike Belan is focusing on improving soil health to propel the farm forward.
An Article from Better Farming, March 2017 – By Jennifer Jackson “It has been a blessing in disguise – who knew, 25 years later, that (no-till) was the way to go on our farms,” he says. Recent soil tests have