By Fadi Didi
Huron County offers farmers $10 an acre to plant cover crops.
Farmers in Huron County can get some help to plant cover crops.
The County is offering farmers 10 dollars an acre for planting a cover crop and leaving it over the winter so they have 50 per cent or more residue cover the following spring.
Chirs Van Estbroeck of the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority says the cover crop reduces the amount of nutrients leaving a field through run-off and also improves soil health.
There is a local flavour to the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program being offered by the Rural Ontario Institute.
Rebecca Miller of Auburn and Emily Morrison of Lucknow are among nearly 30 students in the 19 month program.
They will travel the world and learn, meet and debate issues impacting the agriculture, agri-food and rural sectors.
Efforts to cut the amounts of phosphorous getting into Ontario's Thames River are showing progress.
But officials say more needs to be done to protect Lakes St. Clair and Erie from algae blooms.
Karen Maaskant with the Upper Thames River Conservation Area says both agricultural and urban sources are declining -- but there are still problems.
She notes some farmers may have to keep rainwater on the land longer.
A big chunk of vacant and blighted land in Detroit is destined for a future in agriculture, and some city residents will receive training in farming.
Michelle Lutz of RecoverPark Farms says specialty crops sought by restaurant chefs will be grown on the land -- like tomatoes and purple beans.
RecoveryPark Farms will create jobs for military veterans, ex-convicts, recovering addicts and others who have trouble finding employment.
A farmer in Michigan who was harvesting his corn turned up a surprise crop -- someone else's marijuana plants.
Police responded and seized the plants, worth an estimated 48-thousand dollars.