Please Promote: 2017 SWCS Ontario A.D. Latornell Award of Merit for Students
Do you know of an aspiring student in conservation? Would they benefit from the assistance and networking opportunity provided by the Arthur D. Latornell Award of Merit?
The application form SWCS_Student_Application_2017.docx is now available for the 2017 A.D. Latornell Award of Merit presented annually by the Ontario Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) (http://swcs-canada.org/) . The A.D. Latornell Award of Merit Program recognizes and celebrates Art’s commitment and service to SWCS and Ontario. Art was involved in virtually every aspect of resources conservation during his lifetime and was a role model for many beginning a career in conservation.
Students enrolled in college, Bachelor’s or Master’s programs in natural resources sciences and management are eligible. Ph.D. students are not eligible. There have been award winners from a wide range of disciplines in the past. Consider promoting to worthy students you have hired in the past.
Due date to receive applications is September 25, 2017.
The award winner is announced at the Latornell Conservation Symposium in Alliston, Tuesday November 21, 2017. Award winners are provided registration to attend that day to receive their award, as well as $600 and a year’s membership in SWCS.
Any questions about the application or award can be directed towards Award Committee Chair, Pamela Joosse at email@example.com
Please help promote the award to make sure those worthy of Art’s legacy are considered.
Award Committee Chair
The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario is a group of farmers who share many of the same goals and ideas as SWCS. Sustainable farming practices, innovative approaches to managing fields for productivity and environmental protection, and sharing learnings with their fellow members. For this reason SWCS Ontario has decided to sponsor this year’s Innovative Farmers 2017 Conference that takes place next week.
As part of this sponsorship, we have one free conference registration. We are offering it to the first SWCS Ontario member who asks for it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for the registration. We’d be pleased if you let us announce your name on our website and to share a short note about your soil and water conservation activities. Send us an email to see if you are the first to request the one conference registration.
The conference takes place at the Lamplighter Inn in London Ontario on Tues/Wed 21/22 February.
The conference is sold out so this is your last chance to still attend. An email is being sent to all Ontario Chapter members as a bcc email so everyone has the same chance (if your emails is on file and your membership is current as of last week). Good luck! We’ll be monitoring our email inbox.
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591 Wellington Rd S, London
The Ontario Chapter of SWCS is happy to announce that the Award Committee has selected Meaghan Mechler as this year’s recipient of the A.D. Latornell Award of Merit for 2016.
Meaghan Mechler is beginning her Masters of Geography and Environmental Management, studying soil biogeochemistry at the University of Waterloo where she completed a joint honours degree in Biology, and Environment & Resource Studies. She has been “passionate about studying soils and agriculture since her second year of undergrad” and found herself taking numerous water, soil, botany, and microbiology courses. Meaghan is excited about soils, in particular agricultural soils, and the strong influence soil management and health can have on both water and air quality. “Soil degradation is an issue of serious importance” to her and she would “advocate that many others would reflect upon soil impacts in their work so that a larger quantity and diversity of solutions to soil degradation could be found”.
Apart from her studies, Meaghan has been analyzing the soil quality on her family’s organically-managed farm and designing a soil-building permaculture experiment to conserve the land, biodiversity, and spring-fed creeks on the property. For many years Meaghan has been involved with the County of Wellington Green Legacy program. There she contributed in many ways to the planting of trees for buffer zones and living windbreaks, as well as teaching school children about local biodiversity and resource conservation. Meaghan hopes this award will provide opportunities for networking to connect her to SWCS and other resources to further her education and studies, but as importantly to discover ways she can develop and contribute her evolving skills to projects in the soil and water conservation community.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, for the Province of Ontario is seeking comments on a proposed Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. Information is available on the Environmental Registry and on OMAFRA’s website.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. Specifically, OMAFRA is seeking feedback on a Discussion Document that outlines a draft vision, goals and objectives for the strategy.
Healthy agricultural soils are essential in order to ensure ongoing productivity and competitiveness in Ontario’s agri-food sector as well as food security for the province and the world. Both security of food supply and nutritional quality of foods can, in part, be influenced by soil health.
Soil health, climate change, water quality and food security are all linked together. These issues all reflect our need to evolve toward a sustainable and low-carbon economy. The soil strategy will support agricultural soil management practices that provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Ontario.
Please visit the Environmental Registry link to read over the discussion document and provide your comments before 27 November 2016.