Farmer recognized for pollinator protection efforts
By Top Crop Manager
Oct. 30, 2015, Essex County, Ont. – David Ainslie has received the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. The annual award collects nominations from across Canada and recognizes the contributions Canadian farmers make towards protecting our country's irreplaceable pollinators and pollinator habitats.
An innovative farmer who was among the first in his area of Essex County, Ontario to adopt conservation farming techniques, such as no-till cropping, David Ainslie has worked tirelessly to incorporate his understanding of natural systems into his farm operation. By designating some 40 acres of his land as natural areas – featuring a woodlot, rock chutes, windbreaks and pollinator garden, just to name a few – David has succeeded in improving water quality and wildlife habitat on his farm, while proving that conservation efforts and conventional farming can work well together.
The award was presented by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Pollinator Partnership and the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, encouraging conservation stewardship on Canada's farms while showcasing positive advancements in the effort to protect pollinators.