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Agricultural Outreach Program

The Agricultural Outreach Program delivers farmer to farmer workshops talking about and sharing experiences about cover crop demonstrations and more.

These sessions (unless otherwise posted), are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to learn and explore.  For regular updates, feel free to check out our Facebook page or Twitter


What Do We Do?

1) Soil and Water Stewardship Programs (in partnership with Stewardship Grey Bruce)

NEW!  This program is a 100% seed reimbursement for stewardship projects up to $1,000!  It's a great avenue for farmers to partner with Saugeen Conservation on larger stewardship projects. 

a. Press Release - For full program details, click here.

b. This cost share program involves minimal paperwork and provides some great financial incentives.

i. Seed Stream - covers 100% of seed costs (up to $1,000), for stewardship projects, such as cover crops, bigger plantings, grassed waterways, etc.

ii. Project Partnrship Stream - meant for larger projects and innovative trials.  Contact staff below.

b. Application Form

 i. Electronic Application Form 

ii. PDF Application Form - feel free to download.  You can then fill it out at your leisure and return once completed.  It can also be faxed in at 519-367-3041.

iii. Applications can also be picked up at the front desk of the Administration Centre in Formosa.

c. Questions?  Please feel free to contact our Agricutlural Coordinator at  You can also call (519-367-3040 ext. 249.


2) 2019 Coffee Crops and Donuts (Check out our informative TailGate Sessions!  Coffee and Donuts included!)

This series of workshops focusses on soil conservation and stewardship practices through peer to peer learning and practical solutions. 

3) Water Infiltration and Compaction Recovery Research

We've partnered with Bruce Soil and Crop, OMAFRA and the University of Guelph to advance our understanding of the impracts of best management practices.  Supporting innovation in our watershed!

4) Soil Health Education (Getting students involved)

We encourage the participation and involvement of youth in fostering an appreciation of agriculture and how we conservation efforts can improve farming and the enviornment!

        Our goal is..

  1. to provide assistance to the agricultural community in our watershed, by coordinating and contributing to a strong knowledge-sharing network.
  2. to provide local farmers with the best information available to assist in the development of management practices that will conserve soil, enhance pollinator health and improve nutrient retention.demonstration of soil erosion

Soil Health is the Name of the Game!

When soil structure is lost, run-off and erosion increase. Erosion relocates soil nutrients away from cropland, impacting both farmers and the water quality of our watershed.

     holding a large clump of dirt

When soil structure is at its prime.....

  • Water is absorbed more readily
  • Quality of the water infiltrating through the soil it is improved
  • Soil is more resilient to erosion
  • Soil nutrients remain available for crops

Soil Your Undies! 

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs recently had an article about how people are burying their cotton underwear in the soil to determine amount of biological activity in the soil. The idea is that the more microbes in the soil, the more they will munch on the cotton undies.

When they checked the underwear after 2 months, they found that the fields that had cover crops were more biologically active and hardly anything remained of the underwear. The conventionally grown soil did not have so many microbes so the underwear was pretty much in one piece when it was pulled out.

four guys posing with samples









Check out this video.  You can also check out the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website for more information.


Links to other Grants and Agricultural Partners

- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Program - website

- Agricultural News Channel (Bayshore Broadcasting)

- ALUS Grey-Bruce

- Canadian Federation of Agriculture

- Country Guide

- Huron County Clean Water Project

- Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

- Better Farming (Business of Ontario Agriculture - magazine)

- Bruce County - Agriculture by Numbers

- Bruce County Federation of Agriculture

- Bruce County Plowman's Association

- Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario

- Eat Local Grey Bruce

- Grain Farmers of Ontario

- Grey Agricultural Services

- Grey Bruce Sustainability Network

- Grey Bruce Farmers Week

- Grey County - Agriculture by Numbers

- Grey County Federation of Agriculture

- Grown in Grey (Agricultural Education for Grey County)

- Quality Seeds

- Mapleseed

- Ontario Farm Fresh

- Ontario Farmer

- Ontario Federation of Agriculture

- Ontario Soil and Crop IMprovement Association (Bruce County SCIA)

- Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

- SpeareSeeds

- North Wellington Coop

- Parish and Heimbecker

- Sprucedale Agromart

- Stewardship Grey Bruce

- The Rural Voice (The Magazine of Agricultural Life)

- Wellington County - Rural Water Quality Programs (Grants for Best Management Practices)






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