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News Release

Durham Region hosts annual farm tour to showcase local agriculture

WHITBY, ON September 12, 2014

Yesterday, the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC) successfully hosted its 12th annual Durham Region Farm Tour, “The Evolution of Gallery on the Farm,” which highlighted organic farming, pollinators and beekeeping, farm safety, and agri-tourism at of Gallery on the Farm in the Municipality of Clarington.    

“Agriculture is the second largest industry in Durham Region, and our farmers are some of the most innovative and diverse in the province,” said Dave Risebrough, Chair of DAAC. “Not only are these farmers known within Ontario, but some of our local livestock breeders are world-renowned for their quality genetics.”

Almost 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 one of Durham’s vital agricultural businesses, while being presented with a unique series of perspectives from those directly involved in the Region’s farming industry.

“The farm tour provides an opportunity to learn about the future of Durham’s vital agricultural sector, as it is led by individuals who are directly involved in the industry,” said Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development.

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 44 farms, to almost 1000 participants.

Durham Region has a total of 1,454 farms encompassing 120,600 hectares (approximately 298,000 acres). 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 Canada).

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