Wallace farmer a finalist for environmental award

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - A Wallace farmer is one of five finalists for a provincial award recognizing dedication and commitment to protecting the environment.
John Duynisveld, of Holdanca Farms, is in the running for the Farm Environmental Stewardship Award. The award promotes the actions of farmers who participate in the Environmental Farm Plan program and demonstrate the outstanding commitment Nova Scotia farmers have made toward healthy soils, improved water quality, diverse landscapes and vibrant communities.
"... I am always impressed by farmers' efforts to protect the environment and by their willingness to adopt new practices that reduce environmental risk," said Erica Versteeg, EFP co-ordinator. "Environmental Farm Planning has been a success within our province yet it remains an untold story. EFP staff felt it was time to more formally recognize the environmental stewardship we witness on farms every day."
The awards are part of the EFP program that was created in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the N.S. Environmental Farm Plan Team and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
"Environmental issues are a huge priority for government, not just in terms of agriculture, but for all Nova Scotians," Agriculture Minister John MacDonell said. "I commend the farmers nominated for this award for taking the initiative to protect our water and soil resources, and to take advantage of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and tidal
The winner will be announced today at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's annual general meeting in Truro.
The other finalists are Dean and Catherine Manning (Falmouth), William (Bill) McNeil, Saulsbrook Stables (Windsor Forks), Brian Trueman and family, Thunderbrook Farms (Truemanville) and Andrew VanOostrum, VanOostrum Farms (Graton, near Berwick).

Organizations: Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia, Berwick

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