Every year, the Innovative Farmers of Ontario chooses a farmer who exemplifies great soil stewardship, progressive thinking, and the drive to explore ways to improve their farming practices. Mark Richards fills the bill and has been awarded the Innovator of the Year Award for 2018.  He has worked hard to critically assess and improve his own farming practices over the course of twenty years starting with cover crops, then progressing into no till and strip till, notably in sugar beets and tomatoes a practice not typically used in these crops......read more

What We Do
  • Encourage cropping practices that conserve and regenerate agriculture's most precious resource - SOIL.

  • Host cropping tours, bus tours, conferences, and presentations that provide a forum for information and idea sharing.

  • Encourage farmers to get active and participate in workshops, farm trials, project committees and farm groups that foster a better understanding of soil health.

  • Work with researchers, agribusiness and government to further the development and adoption of innovative, practical and economical technologies.