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Save your old tires and help make dreams come true!

The 8th annual Tire Take Back event will be held from May 23 to June 4, 2017. OFA members can drop off their used tires for free at any participating Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) location across the province.

This 13 day event, organized by Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), in association with Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), helps support the work of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

Over the last seven years, Ontarians have helped raise $1,060,306 through the collection of 458,185 tires as part of the annual Tire Take Back events.  See more at: http://rethinktires.ca/tiretakeback/#sthash.aPQ4VApA.dpuf

  • Start stockpiling your used tires
  • Find a participating OARA location near you
  • Drop off your tires for free from May 23 – June 4, 2017

If you have approximatley 50 or more tires on your property that you would like to recycle, please click here to contact one of the participating OTS Haulers.

For more details, visit rethinktires.ca/tiretakeback.

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Looking for information on enrichment for pigs?  Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA Swine Specialist has written a helpful article Enrichment for Pigs that summarizes  ‘Section 1.8 Enrichment’ from the Code of Practice.

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Disposing of non-nutrient agricultural waste needs to be a year-round effort.

Burning and burying non-nutrient agricultural waste can pollute the air, contaminate water and can have other potential harmful impacts on the environment, which can harm people and livestock. Consider recycling or reusing your waste instead – recycling and reuse not only lowers your dump costs, it can also help you keep your property waste-free, and protects your soil and local drinking water supplies.

Not sure where to start? See CleanFARMS’ Guide to Recycling Non-Nutrient Agricultural Waste in Ontario for ways to reduce the amount of agricultural waste going to landfill.

There are different programs and resources in Ontario that can help you dispose of your waste responsibly. Check these out:

  • Many municipalities in Ontario have agricultural waste recycling programs, such as Kincardine’s Agricultural Film Recycling Program. Contact your municipality to see how you can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • You can prevent containers, machinery fluids, electronics, hazardous materials and other non-nutrient agricultural wastes from ending up in landfills. Check out the CleanFARMS recycling programs and collection sites across the province.
  • Visit the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s website to learn more about Ontario’s plan for waste reduction and the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, and other waste-diversion programs in the province. Contact the ministry at 1-800-565-4923 or submit a message on their website.

Visit the OMAFRA website for more information.

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Originally published on ONagbusiness by Nick Betts (@SustainingAg)

Defining Sustainability

Sustainability is a holistic, long-term approach to business.  It maximizes the economic and environmental stability, equity, and health of the farm, business, and family.

A sustainable approach to farming is more than talking about environmental actions or maximizing profits.

Sustainability focusses on business processes and practices, rather than a specific food, fibre, or feed output.  It integrates economic, environmental and societal values to create a Triple Bottom Line (i.e. understanding and accounting for three “bottom lines”: economic, social, and enviornment, instead of simply looking at a cash flow analysis for actions in your operations).  This is very different from a purely profit-driven approach, where businesses benefit economically, but often at the expense of the environment and society.

Agricultural Context

Sustainable Agriculture is…

“the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural product, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of the farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species.” (Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform, 2010)

Read full article at ONagbusiness New Spring = New Season. Make it More Sustainable.

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Long term, farming depends on meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three components of social responsibility are environmental stewardship, community involvement and industry involvement. OMAFRA has resources that address each of these topics including Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Social Responsibility Resources.

 

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