By Manny Paiva
Nominations still open for the annual Tommy Cooper award in agriculture in Grey Bruce.
Time is running out to nominate the best and the brightest in Grey Bruce agriculture.
The nomination deadline for the annual Tommy Cooper award is Wednesday, April 9th at 12 Noon.
The 2013 award recognizes an individual from Grey or Bruce County for his or her outstanding contribution to farming and farm life.
It is named after Tommy Cooper -- a 39 year veteran of local agriculture work, serving as a provincial government farm extension worker in Grey County.
Cooper is widely credited for helping area farmers adapt to new scientific and mechanical innovations.
He was also instrumental in founding the Grey Bruce Livestock Co-operative, and worked with many commodity organizations.
Nomination forms are available at the Bruce and Grey Federations of Agriculture offices, or here at Bayshore Broadcasting.
You must have your nomination form back at our radio station by Noon on the 9th.
You can either drop off the nomination at our radio station or fax them in to 519-371-4242.
This year, the Tommy Cooper Award Ceremony will be held Friday, April 25th starting at 6:30 PM at the Elmwood Community Centre.
Last year's winner (2013) was Bruce Saunders of RR 1 Holland Centre.
He was one of four people nominated.
Saunders sat on the Dairy Farmers of Ontario board for 14 years, and served as chairman from 2005 to 2009.
Forage Genetics International says it will NOT sell herbicide tolerant genetically modified alfalfa in Canada this spring.
The National Farmers Union is pleased with the decision.
Spokesperson Dave Lewington says it shows F-G-I -- at some level -- admits the concerns of farmers across Canada are serious by not selling GM alfalfa.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency first granted registration to several varieties of GM Roundup Ready alfalfa in 2013.
Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees.
Meadowbrook Maple Syrup has installed a monitoring system that consists of solar battery powered radio units strapped to trees.
Each unit monitors the pressure on a half-dozen lines.
The data is transmitted to a computer or smartphone, where it shows up as a map with green dots indicating lines with good sap flow and red dots indicating leaks.