|ISSUE # 124 – August 2016
This update is designed to provide you with concise, up to date agricultural business information with links to
where you can find the details.
|Business Strategy / Business Planning
AGPAL – Service Finder for the Agriculture and Agri-business Sectors
AGPAL is a web-based discovery tool developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to help farmers
and others in the agriculture and agri-business sector find the federal, provincial, and territorial programs and
services that specifically apply to them.
Canadian farmers and agri-businesses told us about the challenges they face when looking for information about
the various types of assistance offered by the different levels of government for the agriculture sector.
AGPAL was designed to put all of that information at your fingertips; we want to become the one-stop shop for
Canadian farmers and agri-businesses looking for information about government resources, programs and services.
|Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Set the Direction for the Next Agricultural Framework
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture today concluded their annual conference
with Ministers issuing the Calgary Statement ― representing a consensus among Ministers regarding the key
priorities to develop the next agricultural policy framework, set to launch in April 2018.
The Calgary Statement was developed by FPT Ministers based on ongoing discussions with stakeholders and will
guide the development of the next agricultural framework. The second phase of federal online consultation was also
launched to seek comments on the Calgary Statement and help inform the development of future FPT agricultural
programs and services.
Red Tape Challenge for Food Processing
The Red Tape Challenge is an opportunity for food processing businesses and the public to help identify and
improve regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for the food processing sector.
This consultation is open until September 30, 2016.
A final report detailing this consultation’s findings will be available on March 31, 2017.
|What Sets Farmers’ Markets Apart From Grocery Stores?
Five Reasons to Shop at your Local Farmers’ Market
|Food Availability Guide – Foodland Ontario
See when Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season. Plus, get seasonal updates and more on our Facebook
|Market Finder – Farmers’ Markets Ontario
Farmers’ markets in Ontario are booming—and no wonder! Find a market near you.
Shoppers love them because they can buy top-quality farm-fresh products directly from the person who produced
them—and can often find products they won’t find anywhere else.
|Find a Farm- Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association
To search for the farm nearest you, enter your postal code below and select a distance to search within. Or search
by food/product category to find a farm that has what you need.
Ontario Hay Listings Service
information on forage availability. Their mission is to provide an easy and effective process of bringing hay
producers and buyers together. This service is offered FREE of charge. This Hay Listing is a self-service tool that
enables buyers and sellers of forages, in Canada and the US to announce and search available or needed hay and
|Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
AMI Event and Speaker Funding is open for 2016-2017
The Ontario agri-food industry is encouraged to apply to the AMI’s Business Management Speaker and Event
Funding. Any registered organization, agency, association, community group, institution, university, college,
group located in Ontario may apply for a maximum of $2,500 to cover the costs associated with organizing or
bringing abusiness management speaker to an Ontario event. This funding is open to agrifood and agriproducts
businesses including a focus on farm businesses.
OMAFRA Dateline is an online resource for use by interested individuals and organizations across Ontario.
Events may be hosted by OMAFRA or other groups. The events posted on this site are aimed at sharing information
of interest to agriculture and regional economic development clients. Please check the calendar regularly for
upcoming events, workshops, conferences and meetings.
|Growing Forward 2 Educational Workshops
Register on-line for Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) workshops by clicking
on the link below to find dates and locations that suit you.
|Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans
The University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus will be offering the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for
Corn and Soybeans starting in early November 2015.
For the 2017 growing season, starting August 31, 2016, anyone needing to buy and use neonicotinoid- treated corn
or soybean seed must complete integrated pest management training and become certified, among other
requirements. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be certified for five years. Once a person is
certified, they can supervise up to seven people to help with planting. The course is offered free of charge if
successfully completed by August 31, 2016, so sign up early to guarantee a spot.
The ½ day course will cover topics such as IPM principles including corn and soybean pest identification, planting
best management practices, the new regulatory requirements regarding Class 12 pesticides and pollinator
protection from neonicotinoid exposure.
Starting November 2015, courses will be offered in classrooms across Ontario and online. Check the website
www.ipmcertified.ca/ for a list of available dates and locations. You can sign-up online or call 1-866-225-9020 FREE. For more information, contact: Denise Lesy, Lynn Van Maanen or Susan Kelner University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus Ridgetown, ON
|CAFA’s Farm Tax Update
Thursday, November 17, Guelph. Further details to follow. www.cafanet.ca
November 19 & 20, 2016
Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors is specialized training for farmers who want to develop on-farm
value-added products and are looking for the tools to get started. This practical two-day course will be offered in
Grey County on November 19 and 20.
Contact Philly Markowitz firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-376-3365 x6125 for more information.
The focus is connecting farmers with the tools to become processors. Covering everything from operational planning,
marketing, product development to pricing, distribution and sales. The workshop will focus on practical preparation
tools that can be immediately implemented in identifying feasible, value-added opportunities for your farming
|Agricultural Excellence Conference
Plan and Prosper: Set the Course for Farm Success
November 22-24 2016
Registration is now open!
For a limited time, buy one get one 50% off!
Calgary, Alberta (Sheraton Cavalier Calgary)
The 2016 Agricultural Excellence Conference will welcome farm management enthusiasts from across Canada to
learn from leading industry experts, exchange insights and build business connections across a diverse cross-section
of sector disciplines from farmers to advisors, academia, government, industry organizations and corporations.
To find out more about AgEx 2016 on the FMC website, click here.
|21st International Farm Management Congress
July 2nd to 7th 2017
Join 50+ member countries in Edinburgh to explore the UK’s agricultural industry like never before. The Congress
includes plenary sessions, paper and poster session and of course, farm visits! Join the Congress pre- and post-tours
to spend a little extra time touring the UK’s rich agricultural landscape and history.
June 25 – July 1 Pre-Congress Tour: Windsor to Edinburgh
July 2 – July 7 IFMA21 Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8 – July 14 Post-Congress Tour: Highlands & Islands of Scotland
For more information, visit www.IFMA21.org