(North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce, Inc.)

We are an incorporated, not for profit, entity which was formed in January 2009 by concerned citizens from Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.

The NDACT executive board was formed by a group of volunteers nominated by community members.

At the inaugural meeting, members of the community gathered to voice their concerns and to find out more about The Highland Companies plans regarding the more than 6,000 acres of prime agricultural land that they had amassed as of that date. Up to that point in time, and for a lengthy period of time afterwards, Highland reiterated to the community that they had been acquiring large tracts of agricultural land solely with a view to creating a world class farming operation, but residents were highly skeptical.

By the date of the meeting, there was a growing suspicion in the area that other plans were afoot, although the applicant would not clearly admit so. There was significant evidence that the applicant was undertaking activities that were inconsistent with its stated intentions (of just being interested in potato farming) including well testing and drilling, archaeological studies, woodlot and fence row clearing and the demolition of homesteads. Highland stated that these activities were merely to improve their farming operations.

NDACT announces new Board Member

NDACT is pleased to announce the addition of

Wade Mills to our Board of Directors!



His experience and enthusiasm will help us in our goal of prioritizing Food & Water in Ontario's legislation.

Wade is a partner in Timmerman, Haskel & Mills LLP, Shelburne, ON

Welcome Wade!

Dale Rutledge - First NDACT Chair Receives Queen's Jubilee Medal

Tilson Presents 30 diamond Jubilee Medals

November 16, 2012


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CALEDON – Member of Parliament David Tilson presented thirty residents of Dufferin-Caledon with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony in Caledon East Thursday evening. The Diamond Jubilee medal program is a legacy activity that honours Her Majesty and recognizes the service of Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their communities.  At the commencement of the presentation ceremony, Mr. Tilson said "It gives me great pleasure to honour the 60 year reign of a Sovereign who has dedicated her life to the service of others and who has demonstrated pride and affection for Canada. The thirty citizens honoured here tonight have certainly made outstanding contributions to their communities and their country!"

Dale is at the very top of the stairs, on the left, against the railing.

Congratulations Dale!

Dale Rutledge

Dale is a Melancthon potato farmer, past president of the North Dufferin Agricultural Taskforce. Community activist fighting to preserve the non-renewable resources of North Dufferin – including the headwaters and prime agricultural farmland.

To read more and see complete list of recipients, click here.

Posted on the website of David Tilson MP - Dufferin-Caledon


NDACT Board Shuffle

After being Chair of NDACT since its inception in 2009, Dale Rutledge has decided to step down from his position as NDACT Chair and remain on the Board as a member. His resignation was submitted at the November 5, 2011 NDACT Board meeting, indicating that he wished to devote more time to his family and pass the Chair to someone else.


Vice Chair, Carl Cosack was voted in as Board Chair and Rick Wallace was voted in as Vice Chair, replacing Carl's previous position.

Timeline of Events 2006 - Jan 2010

The events that occurred during this time period precipitated the formation of NDACT.

2006 Was When it all Began