Seaforth grower recognized with award
Wayne Cantelon was presented the 2014 Innovative Farmer of the Year award by BASF Canada at the annual Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario conference on Feb. 24 in London.
The award, sponsored by Mississauga-based BASF Canada, is presented annually to an Ontario grower “who promotes innovation and leadership in the agriculture sector,” according to a release from the company announcing Cantelon’s victory.
“Agriculture is continually changing and evolving, it’s the nature of the business,” Cantelon said in a prepared statement. “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.”
According to BASF, 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.”
Stefanie Bech-Hansen, innovation specialist at BASF Canada, said in a prepared statement that the company is “pleased to recognize growers like Wayne for his contributions to the agricultural industry and to his community.”
“Wayne’s innovative nature and commitment to helping other farmers is what makes him an excellent recipient for this award,” she added.
BASF Canada is a subsidiary of German firm BASF SE, which in turn is an affiliate of the BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey.
The company’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas.
It touts itself as the world’s leading chemical company, reporting sales of roughly €74 billion (or $100 billion CAD) in 2013 and employing 112,000 people.
BASF Canada employs approximately 600 people at its Mississauga, Ontario, headquarters, and 13 manufacturing facilities and sales sites located in most provinces, according to the company’s website.
By Marco Vigliotti, the Seaforth Huron Expositor, February 26, 2015