Specialty crop growers may be interested in entering Farm & Food Care’s Farm Invention Challenge.
The competition has two main categories with a total of $9 000 in cash prizes.
Competition information as outlined on the Farm & Food Care Ontario website (as of 30 Sept 2014):
A. Animal Care
Large farm gadgets and gizmos – Whether it`s welding up a new attachment for your skid steer or designing a whole new feeding system, share with us your large scale farm innovations.
Small farm gadgets and gizmos – Have you ever fixed something with a rubber band or used a cotter pin in an unusual way? We want to hear about the simple fixes that have revolutionized animal care on your farm.
Farm hacks – Tell us how you have made simple changes around your barn to save time and headaches on your farm.
B. Water Efficiency & Quality
Water quality and nutrient management – What changes to equipment or practices have led to improved water quality and less nutrient runoff from farm lands? Share your ideas that help Ontario farmers better manage nutrients and minimize off-site impacts on surface and ground water quality.
Water use efficiency – Have you built a custom control system or use a different moisture sensor system to minimize overuse of water? Enter your equipment ideas or conservation practices that are working to improve the use of water around your farm.
Community/other – Tell us about your community organized or farm group projects that have helped to protect and/or improve water resources in your area.
$1,000 first prize in each category
$500 second prize in each category
All entries must be original by the participant.
The competition is open to all residents of Ontario.
For more information please visit the Farm & Food Care Ontario website at: http://www.farmfoodcare.org