Seaforth grower receives the 2014 BASF Innovative Farmer of the Year award

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - A decades-long commitment to innovation on his family farming operation in Seaforth has earned Wayne Cantelon the 2014 BASF Innovative Farmer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by BASF, is presented annually to an Ontario grower who promotes innovation and leadership in the agriculture sector.

BASF Canada presented Cantelon with the award at the annual Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario conference in London on February 24.

"BASF is pleased to recognize growers like Wayne for his contributions to the agricultural industry and to his community," said Stefanie Bech-Hansen, Innovation Specialist at BASF Canada. "Wayne's innovative nature and commitment to helping other farmers is what makes him an excellent recipient for this award."

Cantelon, who farms with his father, brother and son, has been experimenting with zone tillage for years in an effort to fine-tune the system they now use on a variety of soil types in Huron County.

"Agriculture is continually changing and evolving, it's the nature of the business," said Cantelon. "We utilize social media to work with other farmers to collectively build a better understanding of soil and crops and stay on top of what's next in the industry."

About BASF

BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, is a subsidiary of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany and an affiliate of BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit To find out more about BASF's activities in Canada, visit or follow us on twitter

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


For further information: Christina Stroud, BASF Canada Inc., Tel: (289) 360-6062,; Andrea Maillet, ON Communication, Tel: (519) 434-1365 ext. 254,

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