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So close: Colchester 4H looking at other options to fix their barn

Truro Agromart finished just behind another agricultural retailer in Ontario in an online Thank a Retailer contest.
Truro Agromart finished just behind another agricultural retailer in Ontario in an online Thank a Retailer contest.

TRURO, N.S. – The members of Colchester 4H are going to regroup and look at other ways to raise finds for fixing up their barn on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Truro.

For a while last weekend it looked like they were going to be receiving a $15,000-boost to their fundraising efforts.

The Truro Agromart had promised Colchester 4H the prize money if they won the Thank a Retailer contest they were participating in against nine agriculture retailers in Ontario.

Last weekend the Truro Agromart jumped into the lead for a couple of days but Monday Huron Perth Ag Services in Woodham Ontario crept back into first.

All day Tuesday and right up the deadline at midnight on Tuesday, the Truro company was between 200 and 300 votes behind.

The final tally was Huron Perth 17,214 and Truro 16,923.

“In true 4H fashion we did our very best,” said Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “We’ll have to regroup now, get into our committees and see what options are out there for us.”

Conrad said 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof – it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4-H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4-H clubs in Nova Scotia.

Conrod was pleased with the community support for the Truro Agromart and Colchester 4H.

“The numbers were against us before we even started,” said Don Conrod. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community – everybody was sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it really too off. We even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

The contest was sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA was offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.

The contest started in November - people voted online, one vote per email address.

Follow this link to see the profile of Truro Agromart .

jonathan.riley@tc.tc

For a while last weekend it looked like they were going to be receiving a $15,000-boost to their fundraising efforts.

The Truro Agromart had promised Colchester 4H the prize money if they won the Thank a Retailer contest they were participating in against nine agriculture retailers in Ontario.

Last weekend the Truro Agromart jumped into the lead for a couple of days but Monday Huron Perth Ag Services in Woodham Ontario crept back into first.

All day Tuesday and right up the deadline at midnight on Tuesday, the Truro company was between 200 and 300 votes behind.

The final tally was Huron Perth 17,214 and Truro 16,923.

“In true 4H fashion we did our very best,” said Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “We’ll have to regroup now, get into our committees and see what options are out there for us.”

Conrad said 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof – it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4-H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4-H clubs in Nova Scotia.

Conrod was pleased with the community support for the Truro Agromart and Colchester 4H.

“The numbers were against us before we even started,” said Don Conrod. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community – everybody was sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it really too off. We even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

The contest was sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA was offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.

The contest started in November - people voted online, one vote per email address.

Follow this link to see the profile of Truro Agromart .

jonathan.riley@tc.tc

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