Our farmers are working hard year-round to protect the environment for future generations. Here is an infographic showing just some of the ways they do this. Continue reading
By Katie Gibb for the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association
Glenn and Deb Harrison, who run a broiler chicken operation outside of Uxbridge, are pleased to talk about how recent changes to the lighting used in their barns has resulted in many benefits apart from energy savings alone. Last year, the couple participated in a cost-share program called Farming Power, which provided farm businesses with funding to improve on-farm energy efficiency in the Greenbelt.
April 8, 2014 (Guelph) – A total of 28 projects have been selected by a review committee from 43 eligible applications for funding of approximately $1.5 million from the Water Adaptation Management and Quality Initiative (WAMQI) over the coming year.
Funding is provided through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The program is administered by Farm & Food Care Ontario.
This applied research and demonstration program will encourage demonstration and pilot projects that showcase innovative technologies and solutions for agricultural water conservation and efficiency. The initiative will also support projects that demonstrate efficient use of nutrients and nutrient management related to water quality. Projects have been chosen that support farm water quality and water quantity objectives and that will benefit Ontario agricultural producers and organizations.
Bruce Kelly, Environmental Program Lead at Farm & Food Care Ontario said that he was pleased with the scope and diversity of the applications submitted this year. Said Kelly, “WAMQI builds on the successful Water Resource Adaptation and Management Initiative last year and will further our efforts to improve agricultural water use efficiency and better our understanding of managing agricultural nutrients.”
Successful WAMQI applicants and projects approved for funding can be found at http://www.farmfoodcare.org/images/pdfs/WAMQI%20eng.pdf
By Jeanine Moyer
(Cambridge) – Have you ever heard of a popcorn farmer? We’ve got them right here in Ontario, and a new local business is bringing customers the flavour and healthy goodness of whole grain popcorn sourced directly from the farm. From Farm to Table, located in Cambridge, ON, is marketing fresh, seasoned Ontario popcorn across Canada to school children and snackers of all ages.
By Jeanine Moyer
(Hilton Beach) – What do you get when you combine the centuries old tradition of making maple syrup with today’s modern farmer? Innovation and savvy marketing. That’s the approach Doug Thompson of Thompson’s Maple Syrup in Hilton Beach, ON has taken throughout his more than thirty years of tapping trees and making maple syrup. Continue reading
By: Patricia Grotenhuis, 6th generation farmer
Winter winds howl and snow is so deep in the fields we can barely see the fence posts in places. The tractors and equipment (other than the snow blower and the tractor that runs it) are tucked away in the shed. Field work seems a long way off, but it is always on the minds of farmers.
Guelph, ON- The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is currently accepting applications for the Water’s Edge Transformation program (WET). The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and is available to farm businesses located along a watercourse in the Lake Simcoe, Severn Sound and Nottawasaga Watersheds. Continue reading
By: Patricia Grotenhuis, sixth generation farmer
Former Paralympic swimmer and current National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team player Darda Sales is active, athletic and confident. She is also an amputee from a farming-related incident.
By Patricia Grotenhuis
Wingham – When Cheryl Garniss left her family’s farm to study geography and environmental studies at Trent University she was considering a career in law, but her love of farming brought her back to agriculture.
After graduating, Cheryl first worked in agronomy at a crop supply centre, and later became manager there. Since then, she and her husband, Adam, have moved to her husband’s family’s farm. Cheryl loves what being a farmer has to offer, and the opportunity to have the whole family working together. Continue reading
ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario farmers returned more than 114,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and over 4,400 kilograms of animal health medications for safe disposal in 2013. The combined collection program was made possible through a unique partnership between CleanFARMS – a national industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization – and the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI). Continue reading