The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region hosts annual farm tour to showcase local agriculture

WHITBY, ON September 16, 2016

Yesterday, the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC) successfully hosted its 14th annual farm tour. The theme was “Agriculture Technology Soars in Durham Region,” and featured a presentation on soil mapping and geographic information systems; live tile drainage installation; tour of a robotic dairy farm; and a demonstration of how drones are used in agriculture.

“A large part of Durham is rural, making agriculture a significant industry and valuable resource to the Region,” said Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “The DAAC farm tour provides a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture directly from individuals who are involved in the industry.”

More than 100 participants attended the event, including representatives from various levels of government, the educational sector and public agencies. Attendees received a first-hand look at a variety of agricultural operations and best practices.

“This year’s tour focused on educating participants about the use of technology in agriculture,” said Dave Risebrough, Chair of DAAC. “It was great seeing local farmers engage with participants to give them a first-hand look at the role that technology plays within the agriculture sector in Durham Region.”

DAAC is a volunteer advisory committee that provides advice to the Region on agricultural and rural-related matters. Since the inaugural tour in 2003, DAAC has showcased more than 40 farms, to more than 1,000 participants.

Durham Region has a total of 1,454 farms encompassing 120,247 hectares. As the second-largest commodities sector in the Region, agriculture has a major economic impact on the regional economy, with about $273 million generated annually in gross farm receipts (source: 2011 Census of Agriculture, Statistics Canada). 

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