Clean Farms Challenge entries close April 30

Stories on good environmental stewardship could win prizes

Manitoba farm families have until April 30 to tell non-farmers about their good environmental stewardship, and earn a chance to win an iPad, a hockey weekend in Winnipeg for four or a $1,000 scholarship.

The contest is sponsored by CleanFARMS, Canada’s leading agricultural stewardship organization. Participants can spend five minutes filling out the online entry form, upload a video using social media, send an email or even post a letter explaining something they do in their farm operations that takes the environment into account.

CleanFARMS says it’s looking for examples such as recycling ag packaging, oils, lubes, tires, and batteries, or returning obsolete pesticides and livestock medications for safe disposal.

The challenge is open to all ages and all Manitoba commercial farm operations. Farm families can learn more and enter online at www.cleanfarmschallenge.com.

“It’s the nature of farmers to be humble and not always take credit for the good work they do on the farm. We’re encouraging farm families to take a few minutes to tell us their stories on how they look after the environment,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS Inc.

The program is supported by Keystone Agricultural Producers, Ag in the Classroom, Manitoba 4H Council, Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers, Green Manitoba and the Manitoba Co-operator.

Once entries are closed April 30, an expert panel of industry judges will select the top four entries. The top three finalists will each win the latest Apple iPad Air and the grand prize winning family will win a deluxe hockey weekend for four in Winnipeg during the 2014/15 NHL regular season. The best entry from a Manitoba high school student in Grade 11 or 12 will also win a $1,000 educational honorarium.

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