BSCIA Participating in the CoCoRaHS Program

CoCoRaHS stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. It is a non-profit, community based network of volunteers working to measure and map precipitation. There are hundreds of volunteers across Canada. Volunteers report the precipitation in their rain gauges every 24 hours, and these measurements are submitted to the CoCoRaHS website. The data collected by the volunteers is available to anyone at the CoCoRaHS website.


Members of BSCIA are participating in the CoCoRaHS reporting, with funding from OSCIA. We have participation all throughout Brant County. This is a great tool for our members, especially for those with fields throughout the County. Just because you didn't get rain at home, doesn't mean the field didn't get rain! With the CoCoRaHS reporting, you'll be able to check stations closer to your fields to see how much precipitation they received in the last 24 hours. If you'd like to participate in the program, please contact us as we may still have rain gauges available. 

CoCoRaHS stations across Ontario.

Agricultural Soil Health & Conservation Strategy Released

The Agricultural Soil Health & Conservation Strategy will help grow and sustain the province's strong agricultural sector, while protecting the environment and adapting to a changing climate. The strategy is a long-term framework that sets a vision, goals and objectives for soil health and conservation in Ontario from 2018 to 2030. It provides actions to achieve its visions, goals and objectives, and methods to measure progress. 

Participate in the 2018 Forage Masters Competition!

The Ontario Forage Masters is a competition promoting excellence in the growing, harvesting and storage of forages by acknowledging outstanding producers that employ winning management practices.


For those who were familiar with the previous competition, the changes introduced with the new product will be immediately detected. Participants now will complete a self-assessment (on-line or hard copy) comprised of three modules. There are forty-five detailed descriptions in all. Rank the forage management practices currently used on your farm for each of the statements with “best,” “good” or “needs improvement.”

This is an assessment of the farm’s forage management practices, and not necessarily those of a specific field. A summary of your rankings are forwarded to the OSCIA office in Guelph where they will be evaluated and scored. The top three scores in each OSCIA Region will be awarded prizes. Regional first-place winners will be invited to the OSCIA Annual Conference to compete in the speaking competition to determine the overall Provincial Forage Master Champion.

OSCIA Director Inducted to Hall of Fame

Brant county farmer and BSCIA Director Barry Hill will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame on June 10 at an indication ceremony at Country Heritage Park in Milton. To read more about Barry and his accomplishments, please click the link below. Congratulations Barry!! 


Soil Health Matters

Brant County Federation of Agriculture Award

Are you enrolled in post-secondary education? Is your family a member of OFA? Are you taking an agricultural degree or diploma program? Then you may be eligible for one of two $1,500 BCFA awards! 


There are two awards to be given out to eligible post-secondary students:

Open Award: Open only to students who are family of OFA members and enrolled in any degree or diploma program, except for agriculture. 


Agriculture Award: Open to students who are Brant County and Brantford Residents and are enrolled in an agricultural degree or diploma program. You do not need to be a member of OFA to apply. 


If you are interested in applying for either of these awards, please see the award application below. 

BCFA Award Application.pdf
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One Farm's Challenge

Check out BSCIA's own Steve Sickle in October's Country guide. Steve was featured in an article about the challenges surrounding increasing urban growth around his farm, trying to protect farmland, and protecting soil health. 

The article can be found on page 19 of the Soybean Guide in the middle of the October edition.


You can view Country Guide digitally by following the link below. 

Nominate a Soil Champion!

Do you know someone who:

  • Makes the most efficient use of nutrients
  • Supports systems with no net loss of organic matter and soil aggregate stability
  • Builds the population and diversity of soil organisms 
  • Effectively manages surface water to support reduced tillage systems

Then nominate them for the 2018 OSCIA Soil Champion! 

Nomination forms can be found a the link below. 


The deadline for nominations is November 1, 2017