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Results of 2011 Agricultural Awards of Excellence

WOODSTOCK – The Oxford County Federation of Agriculture’s Agricultural Awards of Excellence ceremony entered its second decade Wednesday evening with the presentation of numerous awards.
The 11th annual event, held at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock before a crowd of 300 enthusiastic people, was highlighted by the presentation of the following awards:

  • Veldale Farms (Small agribusiness). The runner up - Henry’s Excavating Inc.
  • Total Swine Genetics Inc. (Large agribusiness). The runner-up - Stratford Farm Equipment (Woodstock) Ltd.
  • A tie between Virginia Dibble and Katie Fleming (Youth in Agriculture)
  • Prospect Hill Farm (Conservation). The runner-up - Aarden Farms Ltd.
  • Royal Game Birds Ltd. (Niche Market). The runner-up - Ann Slater, Fresh Organic Vegetables.
  • R.M. Matheson Farms Ltd. (Farm Innovation). The runner-up - J. Doherty Farms Ltd.
  • Artifact Haven Farms (Family Farm). The runner-up - Wilson Farms.
  • Ontario Refrigerated Services Inc. (President’s Technology). The runner-up - Lisa Turnbull.

Long-time member and former OCFA president John Van Dorp was the popular recipient of the prestigious Community Service Award.
“This was an important evening for the agricultural and agribusiness communities,” said returning committee chairperson Joe Wilson. “We had a great selection of deserving nominees from all across Oxford County, demonstrating our diversification and the growing importance of innovation in the business of farming.
“We look forward to future awards ceremony in our second decade.”
Melissa Schenk, a well-known entrepreneur, educator and the A Channel weather anchor, spoke about how social media has changed the face of marketing and is having and will continue to have a profound effect on the business of agriculture.
The master of ceremonies was Andrew Campbell, founder of Fresh Air Media and a noted specialist in a number of areas including social media, agriculture production, agriculture business, audio and video broadcasting, video production and marketing. He returned for his third stint as emcee.
Wilson said the event was a success in large part due to the companies that came through once again, showing continuing support by sponsoring the prestigious agricultural ceremony.

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