Issue 131 – March 2017
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
- Financial Management
- Human Resources
- Production Management
- Risk Management
- Succession Planning
- Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
Business Strategy / Business Planning
microFIT version 4.1 applications now being accepted
TheIndependent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is now accepting applications under version 4.1 of the microFIT Program.
Growing Forward 2 Program – Final Intakes
Remaining intake dates for 2017 are:
- April 4 – 18, 2017
- May 12 – June 1, 2017
Supporting Environmental Stewardship on Farms
Ontario and Canada Supporting Farmers’ Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.
The provincial and federal governments are supporting Ontario farmers and continuing to combat climate change by boosting energy efficiency on farming operations.
This support will help farmers to modify their equipment and improve efficiency at existing agricultural production facilities, which will help reduce their carbon emissions as well as improve soil health and nutrient management. In addition, Ontario and Canada have added four new project categories under the Growing Forward 2 program that are dedicated to helping farmers transition to a low carbon economy.
GF2 Sharing On-Farm Success
Turning ideas into action
Through cost-share funding opportunities with Growing Forward 2, farmers are tackling projects to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks. To share in their on-farm success, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is launching a series of videos of how producers are benefiting under the program. The first videos – Hugh Simpson, Truly Green Farms, Michael Sloboda and Vicki’s Veggies are now available!
Product and Rate List 2017-2018 Advance Payments Program & 2017 Commodity Loan Program
NEW! Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers
The Ontario Pesticide Education Program has released a new manual for farm workers.
“If you work on a farm where pesticides are used, you need to know how to work safely around pesticides. The information in this manual explains how farm workers can work safely on a farm that uses pesticides.”
Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program
Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017. Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.
CTEAM (Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management)
CTEAM (Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management) is Canada’s only national Executive Management course for farm managers. The program takes place in four sessions over 16 months.
CTEAM is presented by Agrifood Management Excellence, Inc (AME) and proudly supported by Farm Management Canada.
The next course will start in December 2017 in Abbottsford BC. More information will be available soon on the AME website www.agrifoodtraining.com
2016 Agri-Food Trade Statistics
The 2016 Agri-food trade is already available. The 2016 Agri-food trade summaries can be accessed on the statistics section of the OMAFRA websitehttp://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/index.html
In 2016, Ontario Agri-food exports reached $14.8 billion a 5% increase since 2015. Ontario is the top agri-food exporting Canadian province, followed by Saskatchewan. The highest value of monthly exports was recorded in November ($1.6 billion). http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/agrifood.htm.
Ontario top exports in 2016 are:
- grain products ($3.4 billion),
- vegetables fresh and processed ($1.5 billion)
- oilseeds ($1.3 billion) http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/commod.htm
Ontario’s top imports in 2016 are:
- fresh and processed fruits and nuts ($4.1 billion),
- fresh and processed vegetables ($3.1 billion)
- edible preparations ($2.8 billion), (examples: food preparations, fruit syrups and concentrates used in beverages) http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/commod.htm
In 2016, Ontario’s major export partner is US (76%) followed by Asia (excl. Japan) (10%) and EU (7%). http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/region.htm
Ontario’s 2016 top exports to the US are:
- grain products ($3.3 billion),
- vegetables fresh and processed ($1.3 billion)
- sugar and confectionary ($1billion).
Ontario top exports to Asia are oilseeds ($0.6 billion) and other animal products ($0.3 billion). http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/asia.htm
In 2016, Ontario exported 1.3 million of live pigs, a 10% decline from 1.5 million in 2015. Live cattle exports declined by 5% since 2015 to 134,900 in 2016.
In 2016, Ontario exported 144,100 tonnes of fresh and frozen pork, a 1% increase from 143,100 tonnes in 2015. Exports of beef increased by 15% from 58,000 tonnes in 2015 to 56,800 thousand tonnes in 2016.
The US is the main destination of Ontario live cattle exports (99.9%). Cows for slaughter and heifers for slaughter represent 48% and 24% respectively ofcattle exports to the US.
Majority of Ontario live hog exports are designated for US markets (99.8%). The top exports are pigs under 7kg (635,400), pigs over 50kg for slaughter (397,300) and pigs under 23 kg (185,700).
In 2016, the largest gains in Ontario Agri-food exports since 2015 were reported in grain products ($231 million increase), oilseeds ($174 million increase), grains ($172 million increase) and vegetables fresh and processed ($138 million increase). http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/trade/commod.htm
We’re excited to let you know about the latest updates that we made to theAgricultural Information Atlas (AIA).
What is the AIA? It’s OMAFRA’s free, easy-to-use online tool that can help you to:
- Develop nutrient management strategies and plans
- Plan tile drainage for your farm
- Develop a farm sketch for Pest Assessment Reports and Bee Yard Registration and other government programs, including the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI)
Assessing coverage for each unique farm business
With application and renewal deadlines approaching for government risk management programs, it’s a good time for producers to assess their coverage and make sure it meets the needs of their farm business. Every farm is unique and every farmer has their own story, with their own risks and plans to manage those risks. This is the story of one such Ontario farming family.
Bridging the Gap: Step Up to Succession
Farm Management Canada’s newest initiative seeks to help bridge the gap between generations of farmers to provide Canada’s future farmers with the best chance for success.
The program is comprised of a series of Succession & Transition Planning workshops for farm families, coupled with a Successor Development program, exclusively for young farmers*.
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 a business 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.
Farm Food Forums
The last Thursday of every month, October to April!
Farm Management Canada has partnered with the Quebec Farmers’ Association to bring together industry experts and share insights across Quebec’s Connected Community Learning Centres.
Thursday April 27 – Farm Business Advisory Services
Begins at 7:30pm – ending at 10:00pm
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
2017 AgEx Conference
AgEx Conference will be held in Ottawa!
Farming For Our Future: Canada’s 150th
November 21-23, 2017!
In addition to expert plenary speakers, AgEx offers a number of unique, interactive features:
* The Great Debate
* Bridging the Gap: Young Farmers’ Bear Pit & Young at Heart Forum
* Discussion Panel: Farmers vs Industry vs Government
* National Farm Business Management Roundtable
* Farm Management Initiatives Showcase
* Concurrent Workshops
More information: http://www.fmc-gac.com/content/agricultural-excellence-conference