On Friday, the president of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and others with the organization delivered a $5,000 donation for the air ambulance landing and takeoff helipad under construction at Bluewater Health in Sarnia.
The Ontario Rural Economic Development (RED) program, involves one-on-one meetings with a consultant to discuss things such as marketing and succession planning, virtual farm tours and a video series looking at local agricultural businesses, and an upcoming seminar series also focused on those topics.
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.