Lambton 4-H

Important Dates:

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018—Lambton 4-H Association’s Annual General Meeting
7pm, Crabby Joe’s, Petrolia

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018—Registration Night—For one night only memberships for Lambton 4-H will be $60. After this night the membership fee is $90

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Newsletter Highlights Include:
Judging Competition Awards
Scholarship opportunities
Member Experiences
Upcoming events & dates
Secretary Books


AGM - Lambton Federation of Agriculture

Friday November 17th 2016 @ 6pm
Wyoming Fair Grounds
Guests will enjoy a turkey dinner

Along with electing the 2017-2018 board of directors, the 2017 Lambton Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced.

The Lambton Federation is pleased to announce Matthew Pot will be speaking to our AGM:

Don’t Let Currency Markets Drive You ‘Loonie’:
The Canadian Dollar’s What, When, Why & If’s.

Best known for his economic approach on grain markets, Matthew Pot will provide us with perspectives on the, oh so important, Canadian Dollar. Matt has completed his Master’s in Economics at the University of Guelph and holds multiple certifications through the Canadian Securities Institute. He has been involved in ‘outside the box’ market research including, but not limited to, the feasibility of a market that allows grain producers to trade weather. He is the founder and author of ‘Grain Perspectives’, a daily market report providing producers and traders across Eastern Canada a unique Canadianized approach. He is a frequent guest on Real Agriculture Radio, sharing his passion and perspectives on currencies, grain markets and the, sometimes entertaining, political scene.

Contact a director or email for tickets.
Additionally you can call 519-864-4224 for more information or tickets.

Matthew Pot is a proud supporter of Mental Health Awareness and will be donating his speaking fee to the Canadian Mental Health Association- Lambton Kent.

2017 Ontario Young Farmers' Forum

"Grow Ontario"

The 2017 Ontario Young Farmers' Forum (OYFF) will be held Sunday, November 19 and Monday November 20, 2017 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre (formerly the International Plaza Hotel), 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario.

OYFF attracts some of the brightest and most innovative young farmers (age18-40) from across the province for a two-day forum in conjunction with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Annual General Meeting. The organizing committee is working behind the scenes to put together a fantastic program of speakers, workshops and social activities.

Registration fee includes dinner on Sunday, breakfast, lunch and health breaks on Monday

*OFA Harvest Celebration Monday evening (optional, additional cost): $40

**Hotel not included

OYFF has secured a block of rooms at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre for $133/night. Please click here to book your accommodation and take advantage of our special rate. The block of rooms is available until October 19, 2017.


Mail the completed registration form along with a cheque, payable to Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, to: OYFF Registration c/o JFAO, 100 Stone Rd. W. Suite 206. Guelph, ON. N1G 5L3

Follow us on Twitter using #OYFF17 or check out our Facebook event page for updates.

Recap from the Proposed Tax Change Info Session

The LFA held a Proposed Tax Changes information session. We had a fantastic turn out of 275 people.

A sincere thank you to Bryan Boyle for facilitating a very productive meeting. And a big thank you to Jaclyn Cairns from BDO for presenting the issues in a very clear and effective manner.

Bryan Boyle sorted and compiled the information into a very informative document that will help break down ways to use the information provided. While changes to the Proposed document have been announced this issue needs to stay on the radar of small business owners and farmers. The letters that were signed at the meeting will be hand delivered by LFA members to Ms. Marilyn Gladu and Mr. Bev Shipley.

Thank you for those who took part, and everyone in the community who took time to submit their own comments to the government.

Click here to read Bryan's full report.

United Way Poorboy Lunch

United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is excited to announce the revival of its Poor Boy luncheon! “Our United Way is now in its 60th year and we thought this would be a great way to celebrate our anniversary”, said Executive Director Dave Brown. “We will have the traditional menu featuring wieners and beans along with a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.”
The Poor Boy luncheon is set for Giving Tuesday, November 28th at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sarnia. “Branch 62 swept in and saved the day after the recent cancellation of Locally Lambton”, said Brown. “The Legion has offered to prepare the meal while our Locally Lambton sponsors; Libro Credit Union, Sun Life Financial and Lambton Federation of Agriculture are helping us with this retro event. Again, I would like to thank the Legion and our sponsors for their outstanding support. We are hopeful that the downtown business and residential community will join us at the event.”
Poor Boy Lunch will be served 11am until 2pm. Tickets are available at the United Way office for $7, pre-orders and take out will be available.
The 2017 United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign is trending behind last year’s pace and is currently sitting at 66 per cent of the two million dollar goal.
For more information:
Dave Brown, Executive Director
519-336-5452 ext.7

Click here for the Poor Boy order form.

Understanding the Teenage Brain: #maketheconnection

From Lambton Public Health

Parents are the #1 influence in their teen's life; however, many parents and youth find it challenging to connect with each other through the teen years. 

'Make the Connection' is a new health promotion strategy created by Lambton Public Health to strengthen a family's abilities to make healthy connections with their teen child. Understanding the Teenage Brain, the first of three-phase campaign, will run until the end of November.

Lisa Clark, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health, says "Through social media and community events we encourage families to seek knowledge and skills to promote greater resiliency within their family. First we need to understand how the teen brain develops so we have a greater understanding of risky behaviours, like drug use and dangerous driving."

By making this connection, parents and youth can begin to communicate about how to keep their brains healthy through the teenage and young adult years.

Join Lambton Public Health November 28 at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre for Understanding the Teenage Brain. This is a FREE event featuring guest speaker Garfield Gini-Newman, a social studies lecturer at the University of Toronto and consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium.

There will be two sessions beginning at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. Pre-event registration is required; seating is limited. Register online at or

For more information about substance use, building resiliency, and understanding the teenage brain, visit or call 519-344-2062 ext. 2129.


Council Highlights from November 1, 2017


Wyoming, ON – At its regular meeting Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Lambton County Council:

Recognized the following donors: Noelle's Gift in recognition of its generous donation and support for Student Nutrition Programs in Lambton County; Art and Judy Craig in recognition of their generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; Marisa Bernardi in recognition of her generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; John Oravec in recognition of his generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; Carl Fleck and Pascale Daigneault in recognition of their generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; Brian Groombridge in recognition of his generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; Imperial Oil Limited in recognition of its generous donations of artwork and ongoing support to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; and the Grass Company Limited in recognition of its generous donation of sugar maple and red oak trees to the Oil Museum of Canada.
Heard a presentation from Steve Pancino, Manager, Emergency Medical Services regarding the County's Community Paramedic Pilot Project
Committed to funding up to $1.2 million over the next four years toward the design and construction of the Oversize Load Corridor project, subject to obtaining 50 per cent funding support through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Click here to read the remainder of the news release.

Agri-Day Reflections - CFFO

From CFFO website and blogger Brooke Wareing:

“We value our past, we believe in our future.” This was the theme for the CFFO’s 2017 Agri-Day, a day devoted to agriculture, its history and its future. This year we put a new spin on our old convention format by getting our members outside and engaging with others in the agriculture community. Agri-Day was hosted on Tuesday, October 17th and featured speakers along with a tour of Country Heritage Park In Milton.

As we celebrate Canada’s 150 years, we also recognize the history of agriculture in Ontario. The tour of Country Heritage Park gave the Agri-Day attendees a reminder of our roots. The park is home to over 80 acres of property and over 30 buildings. Guests can visit everything from an 1886 schoolhouse to a 1937 John Deere dealership. Guests were transported back in time, observing items like antique milking systems, hand operated drills and, of course, antique tractors

These items, while from a different time, are a reminder that our goals and struggles are still the same. Ploughing, harvesting and milking still need to be accomplished. While we may perform these tasks more efficiently today, things are not all that different.

Jamie Reaume, CEO of Country Heritage Park, shared historical examples that highlighted the many ways agriculture has changed, but also remained the same. For example, a newspaper article from the 1920s asked how to keep young men on the farm. Trench digging equipment on display demonstrated that farmers were installing tile drains a hundred years ago.

Agri-Day commenced with reflections of the past and concluded with a look at issues affecting today and tomorrow, thanks to two thought-provoking speakers. Sarah Rotz of the University of Guelph spoke on her research regarding agricultural diversity and land rental. Her talk raised many questions about the soil health implications of increasing land rental in Ontario and provided a unique perspective on current agricultural support for diverse types of farms. The final speaker of the day, Greg Peterson, creates musical parodies about farm life on YouTube which educate urbanites about what it’s like to be a farmer today. His speech relayed how important it is to advocate for agriculture and for farmers to “take initiative and tell your story,” whether it is on social media, giving a farm tour, or just talking with your neighbour.

Agri-Day started with a trip back in time and concluded with reminding ourselves about how far we have come. While things have changed in agriculture, the day reminds attendees that the challenges and opportunities are still the same.

Posted by Brooke Wareing on October 20, 2017

Click here to go to the  CFFO website.

Upcoming Annual Meeting Edition

Then next AGLink will feature local annual meetings. If you would like to submit your meeting please email by December 10th to be included.

Thank you, and as always please feel free to submit an article or event for your organization.