Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Nipissing Hay Producers' Association - Districts of Nipissing and Sudbury

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David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Dan Olivier

David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Dan Olivier

In the early 1990s, in a great example of environmental co-operation, a local company contracted with local growers to provide straw and low-value hay to control dust tailings from its mining operations. This practice not only helped protect the health of people who live and work in the area but also provided a terrific resting area for migratory birds. And it eventually produced shrubs and trees on the reclaimed site as well. The company is so pleased with the result that it's using straw and hay to re-green more mine tailings and land. The producers are winners, too. They expect a contract for 20,000 bales from across Northeastern Ontario in 2011, up from the initial supply of 1,500 in 1992.

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