It has been a great year for local farmer Michael Kelly from Farneykelly, Castlecoote. First, in July, he was selected to take part in the annual IFA fact-finding tour, which concentrated on Canada this year. Then in late September, he was a member of the county ploughing team which competed at Annaharvey, Tullamore and took third place in the All Ireland Junior two-furrow competition at the event. This week, he returned from the fact-finding tour to Canada, where Michael, along with thirty farmers from IFA branches throughout the country experienced at first hand farming in Canada and saw what challenges and opportunities arise for Irish food producers as Canada increases production to cope with the rising grain and milk markets. The tour took the group of Irish farmers from Montreal in Quebec and on to the city of Toronto. IFA hope to build on the success of previous tours, which has brought approximately 700 farmers abroad, most of which would never have had the opportunity but for this FBD Scholarship scheme. The tour had a seven day itinerary of visits to farms, research institutions, food processors and farm organisations and was timely in helping farmers identify the issues at play in Canada’s agriculture and investigate the opportunities and challenges for Irish producers as the world food market becomes more global. Mr. Geraghty was the Roscommon IFA winner, when his name was drawn out at a special Executive Meeting that was held in Roscommon in July. The Association’s 940 Branch Officers gained entry into the draw on the basis of their hard work to increase membership in their locality.