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“A Resource Centre for the Local
Agricultural Community”.

About Us

Please note in keeping with the recommendations for reducing the potential spread of the COVID 19 virus we are continuing to suspend all evening bookings of the Grey Ag Meeting rooms.  To ensure compliance with safety regulations, masks are mandatory when visiting the office.  A mask will be provided for you in the event you find yourself without one.

The key for evening access has been removed from the outside lock box for the time being, we will let you know when evening bookings will resume.

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Located in southern Ontario, Grey County is the fourth largest county in Ontario and holds on proudly to its heritage, breath taking beauty of its bountiful rivers and forests, wholesome environment and rural living.

With over twenty two hundred farms in Grey County, agriculture is a way of life. In the whole of Ontario, Grey County is ranked amongst the top producers for hay, apples, sheep and lambs and cattle.

After changes in government services to the local agricultural industry in the year 2000, the need for a support system for agricultural organizations and the farming community became apparent. With the aide of local agricultural organizations, individual farmers, and Grey County Council, Grey Ag Services, a “grass-roots”, “farmer-driven” initiative, “not-for–profit” organization was created to service and fulfill the needs of the local farm community.

Grey County Agricultural Services has become a central resource centre for the local farming community, by providing agricultural information, referral services, and educational events.

 We have separated the site into the following categories:

Our office also manages the Ontario Forage Council and the Ontario Hay Listings site.  Please check out their websites as well.

 

OUR HISTORY

How we began. . .
After changes in government services to the local agricultural industry in the year 2000, the need for a support system for agricultural organizations and the farming community became apparent. With greater than 80% of this rural area dependent on dial-up internet access, it was and is, imperative that farmers have a local agricultural “hub” for information resources. There is a shortage of meeting space in central Grey County and most rural organizations do not have financial resources to cover costs for expensive meeting room rental.  Access to free boardroom usage is critically important to the survival and long-term sustainability of these organizations that form the backbone of the rural community. With the support of local agricultural organizations, individual farmers, and Grey County Council, Grey Ag Services, a “grass-roots”, “farmer-driven” initiative, “not-for–profit” organization was created to service and fulfill the needs of the local farm community.
In the start-up phase, a Trillium grant; support from OMAFRA for office furnishings and equipment; and Grey County Council’s in-kind support through the provision of free rental space for the office and two meeting rooms; were all invaluable contributions.  Since that time, an annual grant from the county, partnerships with local, regional and provincial organizations, and generous support from local agricultural groups, help offset operating costs.
 
 

OUR VISION

To become a central resource centre for the local farming community, by providing agricultural information, referral services, and educational events.

Over the past twenty one years, the Centre has become a strong central focusfor agriculture in the county, region and the province,and has far exceeded initial expectations.

 

 

OUR MANDATE

  • To serve as a central contact for the local farming community to access up- to-date federal, provincial, regional and local information.
  • To promote the sharing of agricultural information through the coordination of educational events, newsletters and a Grey County Agricultural website.
  • To coordinate and provide administrative services to local organizations.
  • To provide facilities and equipment for meetings and events for local agricultural and rural organizations

Grey Ag Services has successfully delivered on its vision and all aspects of the original mandate.  The Agricultural Services Centre has become an integral thread of the rural fabric of Grey County, serving the needs of the area farmers, rural community, and organizations.  This service has a strong visibility, trust, and familiarity in this county and beyond.  The quality and quantity of the programs delivered by Grey Ag Services is recognized across the county, region and on the provincial level.   The office is extremely busy and successful!

 

SERVICE PROVIDED

“I have a question, and I was told Grey Ag would know the answer.....”

The staff at Grey Ag Services are proud to say that over the past thirteen years, more and more, this is the opening line of many of the calls or visits to the office. Unprecedented challenge and uncertainty has hit the agricultural community in Grey County and across Ontario in a series of waves since the inception of Grey Ag Services. Whether it was the severe pressures of BSE, the challenges of poor grain prices, changing costs of fertilizers, fuel  or the fluctuating commodity prices, Grey Ag Services has become a “one stop shop” for answers, direction, referrals, guidance, as well as a strong voice of understanding and support. OMAFRA publications and fact sheets are available at Grey Ag Services. The Ag Centre recognizes that one of their most important roles is to get the required information into the farmer’s hands as efficiently as possible and many times they have been complimented for going far beyond the call of duty, as they strive to deliver on their mandate.

Grey Ag Services inspires to educate and create a much broader awareness by coordinating: the very insightful Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (7 day event); the annual winter course program that addresses timely issues; and two annual Ontario Forage Council conferences. The success of these programs is a testament to the skill and organizational abilities of the centre. The centre also coordinates quarterly Georgian Central Soil and Crop Improvement Association newsletters, and Forage Council’s Think Green Newsletters. Grey Ag Services strengthen these organization’s voices, which advocate good forage management and crop rotation. Grey Ag Services has also taken the initiative to publish the Grey County Rural Guide that lists all of the organization’s executive contact information in an effort to promote networking between the various organizations and municipalities.

Another example of the Ag Centres’ commitment to local organizations can be exemplified by the initiation of the Grey County 4H - Printer Cartridge Recycling Program. Since the inception of the program, the Ag Centre, with the support of local agribusiness and farmers, over $1600.00 has been presented for this worthwhile cause.

 

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