Faces of Farming

    Putting smart, sexy and talented into farming

    GUELPH, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - John Maaskant, Chair of the Ontario Farm
Animal Council (OFAC) today unveiled the third annual FACES of FARMING
Calendar that celebrates the hard work, dedication and values of Ontario's
farming community.
    "The FACES of FARMING calendar is a showcase of the changing image of
today's farmer," said Mr. Maaskant. "Today's farmers are not your
grandfather's generation of farmer." The unveiling, held at Guelph's Ontario
Agri-Centre on October 30, introduced 19 farmers who were chosen to represent
each month.
    "Many people are surprised at what today's farmers look like and what
kind of farming we are committed to," said dairy farmer Peter Ruiter of
Ottawa, one of the calendar's participants.
    "We farm differently today than in the past," said Kristin Ego MacPhail,
another participant and market garden and nursery stock farmer from Coldwater
(near Orillia). "We care passionately about the environment, have many skills
and talents, are active in our communities yet we all still maintain that
important connection with our families and the land."
    FACES of FARMING shows the diverse nature of Ontario agriculture. When
they're not farming, these participants are active in their communities as
sports coaches and enthusiasts, 4-H leaders, church volunteers, musicians and
agricultural ambassadors. Participants come from across the province
representing 11 types of livestock and crop farms.
    "These are truly real farmers with real heart," added Mr. Maaskant.
"These farmers, this calendar and this event are a true celebration of the
kind of people that are involved in farming 365 days of the year."

    OFAC is the voice for animal agriculture, representing 40,000 livestock
and poultry farmers, associations and businesses.

    Note: The calendar will be "live" for viewing at www.ofac.org at 6 p.m.
on Oct. 30, 2007

For further information:

For further information: Kelly Daynard, Program Manager, Ontario Farm
Animal Council, (519) 837-1326, Cellular (519) 993-8634, kdaynard@ofac.org

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