Ontario farmers shared their pride in their farms and the agri-food industry with more than 450 photos submitted as part of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Proud to Farm photo contest. Winning entries were recently unveiled at the OFA’s 2018 annual meeting in Hamilton in three categories – Proud to Farm, Farm Animals and Ontario Farm Scenes.
Morgan Murphy of Lambton won 1st place in the Proud to Farm category and the Farmers’ Choice Award, based on member voting online and at the 2018 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Morgan receives a drone and a cash prize for these wins.
Gerda VandenHoven of Perth placed 2nd and Madeleine Beaudry of West Nipissing-Sudbury placed 3rd in the Proud to Farm category.
Winners in the Farm Animals category are: 1st place to Kendal Doerksen of Norfolk, 2nd place to Josianne Grenier of Cochrane and 3rd place to Josiah Mullet Koop of Niagara North.
The Ontario Farm Scenes winners are: 1st place to Kendal Doerksen of Norfolk, 2nd place to Amanda Brown of Brant and 3rd place to Rebecca Haan of Hastings.
“There are endless challenges and pressures in agriculture today, and our Proud to Farm photo contest was a way to encourage Ontario farmers to pause for a few moments to look around and capture some of the incredible beauty and pride in our industry,” says Keith Currie, OFA President. “And we had a tremendous response with entries coming from all across the province, and we thank all Ontario farmers who took part.”