• Kearney Planters

    Feb 21 | 1497 Views | No Comments

    Kearney Planters established in 1979 by Barry Kearney’s own quest to modify his corn planter Kearney Planters is a name that farmers have grown to trust planting through harvest. Growing and adapting through the past 36 years the business has now expanded into two working shops and a new...

  • DeGoeys Nursery And Flowers

    Jul 9 | 1907 Views | No Comments

    In 1976, the DeGoey family were fresh market field growers. John and Jane DeGoey believed that growing flowers was a niche they could build, and in 1980 they built their first greenhouse for flowers. Today the whole family is involved in the thriving business. Building slowly through the years, the...

  • Geo Produce

    Jul 9 | 1897 Views | No Comments

    Starting as a 1-acre greenhouse back in 1990, the Knoteck family has grown Geo Produce to a 12+ acre, high-tech greenhouse operation. Operated by skilled professionals, Geo Produce grows 7 acres of red, yellow and orange bell peppers as well as 4.5 acres of TOV greenhouse product, such as...

  • Buis Beef

    Jul 9 | 1987 Views | No Comments

    Buis Beef is a third generation family farm with a mixed farming operation with vegetable crops (sweet-corn, green beans) and field crops (corn and beans & wheat) as well as a herd of 350 beef cows. They are known as an innovative farm because they are not afraid to try new operational...

  • Jennen Family Farm Market

    Jul 9 | 1760 Views | No Comments

    The Jennen’s have been in Wabash for over 20 years. Their family farm has grown every year, with recent expansion to 12 acres of High Tunnels and into long-season berry production. The High Tunnels allow for a longer and more sustainable growing season by moderating temperature, wind and...

  • River Bell Market Garden

    Jul 9 | 1470 Views | No Comments

    River Bell Market Garden has been farming organically since 19990 and has been certified organic for fruits and vegetables since 2003. Their unique “organic vegetable box” program delivers a crate of fresh organic vegetables to your house or a local drop-off area throughout the year. River Bell...

  • Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products

    May 7 | 3079 Views | No Comments

    Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products is a family operation owned Don and Jean Giffin.  They began their maple syrup operation in 1980 and have 2800 taps in their 50-acre maple bush. Always open to innovation, in 2015 Giffins started utilizing reverse osmosis for production, which removes 75% of water...

  • The Pickle Station

    May 7 | 1599 Views | No Comments

    In 1964, Norm VanRoboys sold a load of cucumbers to Walter Bick, founder of Bick’s Pickles. That same year, VanRoboys contracted 2 million pounds of cucumbers to Chatham-Kent farmers, which was the beginning of VanRoboys “Pickle Station”. Today, the third generation of VanRoboys manages the...

  • McGrail Farm Equipment

    May 7 | 2051 Views | No Comments

    McGrail Farm Equipment has been a successful Southwestern Ontario John Deere dealer for 50 years. John Deere is continually developing new products to improve agriculture production. McGrail Farm Equipment is committed to enhancing the capabilities of the products they sell by keeping all employees...

  • Devolder Farms

    Mar 27 | 1764 Views | No Comments

    Recognizing the needs of other farmers in the area, Bob and Diane Devolder established Devolder Farms Seeds in 1988. Today, Devolder Farms is a family-owned and operated business with an active presence within the farming Chatham-Kent community. In 1974, Bob Devolder acquired and has maintained his...

  • Early Acres Estate Winery

    Mar 27 | 1660 Views | No Comments

    Wine production is truly a family experience for Mike and Sue Korpan. Their Early Acres Estate Winery is set on 7.5 acres of sandy loam soil, which is perfectly suited to the success of their grapes. The warm summers and cool falls of Chatham-Kent provide the perfect combination of flavour and body...

  • Sunshine Farms

    Dec 15 | 1513 Views | No Comments

    Sunshine Farms, founded by John and Claudia Jaques,  began growing  and pickling asparagus in 1982. Once their friends and family tasted the fresh, crisp product, the demand grew. Today, Sunshine Farms, also run by sons Josh, Ben and Adrian, offer fresh asparagus as well as 23 types of pickles,...

  • The Ag Mag

    Nov 7 | 2342 Views | No Comments

    Here is the latest copy of the AgMag.  Enjoy! AgMag_WEB  ...

  • Uher’s Performance Feeds

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    Uher’s Performance Feeds not only provides feed for livestock and pet food for small animals, they provide solutions to your feed challenges.  From wine, cattle and equine feed to sheep, poultry, game bird, pet feed and wild birdseed, customers can find all of this and more in-store at Uher’s...

  • Lloyd Bag Company

    Sep 19 | 2051 Views | No Comments

    Since 1939, the Lloyd Bag Company has been manufacturing and distributing bags throughout North America.  Today they manufacture and import woven fabric bags including jute, burlap, leno mesh, woven polypropylene, cotton, canvas, paper, bulk bags, BOPP bags and tote bags. With a variety of...

  • Crazy Eight Barn

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    Expanding Chatham-Kent’s agri-tourism market is the popular Crazy Eight Barn. The 8-sided barn was originally built for stabling animals, but was left empty for years until Susanne Spence-Wilkins saw it and made plans of her own. She carefully disassembled the building and moved it to Palmyra, on...

  • Dover Corn Products

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    Dover Corn Products Ltd., a 100% Canadian, family owned and operated facility, is quickly becoming an industry leader in the dry corn milling market. They are proud to bring one of Canada’s oldest and most stable industries back to Ontario. Dover Corn Products is the only dry corn mill in...

  • Thompsons Limited

    Aug 5 | 1644 Views | No Comments

    Since 1924, Thompsons principal business has involved the distribution of corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans as well as providing farmers with the necessary inputs to produce and grow successful crops. Thompsons Limited provides high quality agricultural supplies and services, including seed,...

  • London Agricultural Commodities

    Feb 14 | 2223 Views | No Comments

    London Agricultural Commodities (LAC) is privately held enterprise that operates two facilities in Chatham-Kent, has several marketing arrangements with independently owned elevators throughout Ontario.  Through our London office, LAC markets a variety of grains around the world. In Tupperville,...

  • Roesch Meats And More

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    Roesch Meats and more has been serving the highest quality, freshest meats available since 1995. Their pork is fed and raised on-site, with no medication in the feed or water. They also offer Ontario beef and chicken, and all is sold through their on-site retail operation.  Lamb is available...

  • Harvest-Pac Products Inc.

    Jan 17 | 2062 Views | No Comments

    With the belief that if you begin with a superior raw product, you will produce a superior finished product, Harvest-Pac Products has been processing locally-grown vegetables and fruit since the early 1990s. Prior to entering into the processing side of the business, three generations of the...

  • Delhaven Orchards

    Jan 7 | 1718 Views | No Comments

    Delhaven Orchards Ltd. is a family farm owned and operated by Marilyn and Hector Delanghe. Over 400 acres are farmed and crops grown include apples (16 varieties), peaches (12 varieties), sweet cherries (6 varieties), pears (3 varieties), apricots (4 varieties), nectarines (3 varieties),...

  • Truly Green Farms

    Dec 23 | 1732 Views | No Comments

    Recognized as the first of its kind in North America, Truly Green Farms, operated by the Devries family, is 22.5 acres of greenhouse that produces up to 21 million kilograms of tomatoes annually. In partnership with GreenField Ethanol, the green house utilizes the ethanol plant’s waste heat and...

  • Pride Seeds

    Dec 17 | 1220 Views | No Comments

    The goal of Pride Seeds is to create a unique product experience that results in higher profits for corn, soybean and forage crop growers. Pride strives to increase profitability for growers by delivering superior seed. Pride Seeds is part of AgReliant Genetics, which has one of the largest...

  • BRINGING ONTARIO ISSUES TO NATIONAL AG MINISTERS’ MEETING

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    Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary
    By Drew Spoelstra, OFA Executive Member

    When the federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers gather this week in Quebec City, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) wants to ensure Ontario’s Minster Hardeman addresses our key issues with his colleagues. We’ve provided Minister Hardeman with issues to resolve when he meets with his peers at the annual conference.

    Invest in rural infrastructure: Farming and our agri-food industry rely on transportation, access to services, broadband, labour and infrastructure to operate in rural areas across Ontario and Canada. With the right public investments in infrastructure, agriculture and rural communities can attract new local investments and new residents to provide a necessary skilled labour force. Our industry can drive the economy, but only with reliable, workable infrastructure.

    Update Business Risk Management programs: Immediate and long-term improvements to the Business Risk Management (BRM) programs are needed. These proposed changes are necessary to enable the programs to address the risks Canadian, and Ontario farmers are facing, including volatility and increased risk from global trade disputes, declining commodity prices and competitive disadvantages. OFA supports commodity organizations in calling for immediate improvements to the AgriStability and AgriInsurance programs.

    Address agricultural labour concerns: Canada’s agricultural industry faces a unique labour challenge. We are short-staffed and need seasonal and foreign worker programs to fill the gap. According to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council, Canadian farms are facing a labour gap of 63,000 workers, with more than 16,000 unfilled vacancies. These numbers have serious consequences and amount to lost annual sales in excess of $2.9 billion each year, delayed or cancelled business expansion plans and excessive stress reported by farmers. Canadian farmers need improved support for labour programs like promotion of agricultural careers to Canadian youth, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, a streamlined Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and a realistic pathway to permanent residence for farm and food workers

    Support Canadian farm mental wellness: Farmers and farm families are a minority in Canada and underserviced in mental health support. The evidence is clear – labour productivity and business success are linked to balanced mental health and resiliency to stress. OFA is asking the federal and provincial governments to support mental wellbeing for Canadian farmers by implementing ten recommendations outlined in the federal government report, Mental Health: A Priority for our Farmers. These recommendations provide an excellent roadmap for strengthening the mental health and resilience for our farmers.

    Enhance Canada’s new food policy: The recently announced Food Policy for Canada focusses on food access and a sustainable food system. OFA supports the policy, and its new Canada Brand promotion to increase Canadian consumer pride and confidence in the food our farmers grow and produce. We also believe there’s a need to improve public trust in our food system and increase food literacy in Canadian youth. Well-informed consumers – of any age – that understand and trust Canadian food, and know how to prepare and cook that food, will be better equipped to make healthy food choices, and in time, will reduce the pressure on our health system.

    There’s no shortage of agriculture and food topics to discuss at this week’s federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture meeting. Canada is facing increased international trade issues, livestock disease threats and outbreaks and labour and business risk management programming challenges. We need our leaders to step up to support one of the strongest sectors in Canada – agriculture and food.

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  • UPDATED BUY LOCAL! BUY FRESH! CHATHAM-KENT MAP RELEASED

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    From a news release

    The new Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Chatham-Kent maps are now available free of charge. This is the 6th edition of the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Chatham-Kent map. The free maps are available at the local libraries, municipal service centers, and at a variety of local businesses or check out the Buy Local, Buy Fresh website.

    Since the first edition of the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map was printed in 2007, interest from both consumers and producers has grown. The demand for farm-fresh and locally grown products continues to increase. Consumers want to know where their products are coming from and how they are produced. This year there are 47 sites listed on the map, and each site also has a supply of the free maps available for their patrons.

    For more information or copies of the map, contact the Kent Federation of Agriculture at 519-674-1500 ext. 63595, or send an email to kfa@uoguelph.ca

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  • MARKET RECAP – JULY 12, 2019

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    Corn, soybean and wheat prices all made gains over the week, which was marked by traders’ skepticism over the latest USDA crop report and concerns for hotter and drier weather this week. 

    As noted in the previous story, the USDA made few changes in its outlook for the U.S. crops on July 11, noting that more information is coming next month. Corn prices rose despite the estimate for a larger crop. The trade was expecting a lower number because of the impact of unprecedented planting delays on yields. Rising basis levels in the Eastern Corn Belt reflected the concerns over acreage and crop development. For example, the old crop basis at Toledo, Ohio jumped 8 cents (US), or more than 25%, last week. Closer to home, the Chatham-Kent (CK) high basis added another 15 cents.

    Corn and soybeans ended the week with a flourish on Friday on the forecasts for hotter and drier weather for the next six to ten days. Old and new crop corn futures were 10 to 11 cents higher while soybeans were up 14 cents from Thursday.

    For old crop corn, the Chicago future (Sept.19) closed at $4.54 on Friday, up 15 cents from July 5. The new crop future (Dec.19) closed at $4.59, up 17 cents.

    The CK high cash price was $6.14, up approximately 31 cents from the previous week. The new crop high price was up 17 cents at $5.84.

    At the same time last year, the CK high old cash price was $4.46, and the new crop was $4.44.

    The old crop soybean future (Aug. 2019) was up 37 cents from the previous week, at $9.13. The new crop (Nov. 19) future also gained 37 cents at $9.32

    The CK old cash price on Friday was $11.28, up 42 cents from the previous week. The new crop price was up 37 cents at $11.32.

    Last year, the CK high old crop price was $10.94, and the new was $10.89.

    For old crop wheat, the Sept. future in Chicago was up 8 cents from the previous week, closing at $5.23. The new crop (July 20) future was up 12 cents at $5.53.

    The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) Soft Red Winter Wheat cash price was up 14 cents at $7.00. The new crop price was 12 cents higher at $6.86.

    Last year, the GFO Soft Red Winter Wheat cash price was $6.18; the new crop price was $6.68.

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  • Vegetable Crop Report – August 22, 2019

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    Temperature – Humid and wet conditions in most growing regions earlier this week were conducive for the spread of some plant pathogens. The Durham, Huron, Peterborough, Simcoe, and Sudbury growing regions are still tracking marginally to significantly behind their average degree day accumulation; while the Chatham, Essex, Kemptville, Norfolk and Wellington growing regions have all caught up to their average degree day accumulations.

    Rainfall – Precipitation in most areas varied from a quarter inch to more than two inches depending on the growing region in the past week. Norfolk County has already exceeded it’s average rainfall, while Durham, Peterborough, and Wellington are all past the three quarter mark of their average rainfall totals. Remaining growing regions range from under a quarter to the halfway point of their respective rainfall averages.

    Crop Updates

    Brassica Crops –Alternaria can cause head rot in broccoli and cauliflower if spores are able to infect the beads/curds and secondary bacteria can cause rot. Calcium deficiency causing tip burning has been observed in a few fields. Continue to scout for Alternaria, black rot and fusarium wilt.

    Carrot – Harvest is underway for some earlier planted fields. The second generation of Carrot Rust Fly is now active in all growing regions with exception to Chatham-Kent, Essex, Kemptville, and Norfolk. Be on the lookout for white mould between row as canopies are not closed. Continue to monitor for aster yellows, as well as leaf blights which will appear on the oldest leaves at the bottom of the canopy.

    Celery – Celery leaf curl has been the predominate pathogen observed. Avoid walking through the fields when the humidity is high and the leaves are wet as celery leaf curl spores will stick to clothes and equipment. Scout for aphids, bacterial blights and leaf diseases

    Garlic – When choosing a field for the 2019-2020 field season, avoid a field that has been planted in garlic, leeks or onions in the last 3 years. There will be another full day workshop in Guelph on December 4th that will cover every part of garlic production including clean seed, cultivar selection, seeding density, nutrient testing, scape removal, weed control, crop insurance, harvesting, grading, storing as well as scouting/pest management.  To register, call the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1 877-424-1300.

    Onions – The pressure of thrips has reached threshold in several regions but the general pressure this season is still low. Stemphylium leaf blight and tipburn is starting to take hold. Early transplants have been harvested in some regions and direct seeded onions are close to lodging in others.

    Potatoes – Early planted fields are being harvested with most fields in or past bloom and are currently bulking. Tuber bulking is a critical time for irrigation and soil moisture. Refer to the chart below for yield impacts on dry weather conditions. Remain vigilant in scouting as some varieties begin to senesce. Remember to keep late blight specific fungicides in your spray rotation. Late Blight has been confirmed in New York State on Potatoes. The isolate has been identified as US-23 which is sensitive to Ridomil. If you suspect late blight in your field, please contact Dennis at dennis.vandyk@ontario.ca, (519) 766-5337.

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  • JULY WASDE REPORT: US CORN ENDING STOCKS UP, SOYBEANS DOWN

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    With planting delays hampering this year’s crop development, the USDA made few changes to its production estimates in the July 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Of note, the agency boosted the estimates for U.S. corn production and ending stocks while lowering the outlook for soybeans.

    Corn production in the U.S. was raised slightly to 13.875 billion bushels from the June estimate of 13.68 billion. The report notes that the higher estimate was based on increased planted and harvested areas from the June 28 Acreage report. Excessive rainfall prevented planting at the time of the Acreage survey, leaving a portion of acres still to be planted for corn in several major producing states. The report notes that the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will collect updated information on 2019 acres planted, and if the newly collected data justify any changes, NASS will publish updated acreage estimates in the August Crop Production report.

    Corn ending stocks for 2018-19 were pegged at 2.34 billion, up from the June report’s estimate of 2.19 billion. According to the report, exports are reduced based on current outstanding sales and shipments to date, with export inspection data for June the lowest for the month since 2013. New crop ending stocks were raised to 2.01 billion bushels, up from the June estimate of 1.67 billion.

    The outlook for soybean production was lowered to 3.84 billion bushels from the June estimate of 4.15 billion. The agency estimated old crop ending stocks at 1.05 billion, down slightly from 1.07 billion in June. New crop ending stocks dropped to 795 million bushels. The June estimate was 1.45 billion.

    The USDA raised 2019-20 wheat production by 18 million bushels to 1.921 billion, with winter wheat production estimated at 1.291 billion. New crop ending stocks were reduced slightly to 1 billion from the June estimate of 1.072 billion.

    Global 2019/20 wheat supplies are decreased by 10.5 million tons primarily on lower production in several major exporting countries. The production declines are led by a 3.8-million-ton reduction for Russia due to extremely high temperatures and below-average precipitation in June during winter wheat grain fill. Russia’s production of 74.2 million tons is still the second-largest on record.

    Both the EU and Ukraine are also lowered on hot and dry conditions during June, which are expected to reduce yields although production in both countries remains well above last year.

    Australia and Canada are lowered as well, mainly on reduced area, based on recent government reports.

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  • GUELPH WELCOMES CANADA’S AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY FOR 2020 CONFERENCE

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    From a news release


    Guelph will host the annual conference of federal, provincial and territorial agricultural ministers in 2020.

    Taking place in July next year, the focus of the 2020 Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers Conference will be ‘Strong Agrifood: Strong Economy.’ The event will highlight leading issues to help grow the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector as well as highlight Ontario’s and Guelph’s leading role as a worldwide hub for research and economic development in the sector.

    “As a world-class hub of agri-food innovation and a winner of the Smart Cities Challenge for their Circular Food Economy proposal, Guelph is a perfect venue for the annual conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “The meeting provides a forum for ministers to discuss opportunities for sector development and growth. We look forward to working together to explore agri-food leadership and innovation in Guelph in 2020.”

    “Our government is excited to bring together this important gathering and showcase the hard-working people who make our agri-food and agricultural industries the best in the world,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This event will also provide a unique opportunity to reinforce Canada’s appreciation of our province’s vibrant agri-food sector and the incredible contributions made by a variety of Guelph-area organizations, institutions and people.”

    “Guelph’s agricultural roots stretch back to our city’s founding in 1827, and we are proud to be a hub of agri-food and agri-innovation today. We are thrilled to be chosen to host this conference. This will be a chance to shine a spotlight on local innovations and opportunities, such as Guelph and Wellington’s successful bid to become Canada’s first circular food economy,” said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie.

    “The University of Guelph stands at the centre of an agri-food research and innovation hub based in the Guelph area,” said University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino. “Along with our numerous regional partners, we look outward to address important challenges and seek out opportunities, both nationally and internationally. We welcome the opportunity this event affords to showcase our collective capacity to help the agri-food sector grow and meet emerging challenges.”

    The Guelph area is home to several leading agri-food research centres of excellence supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Government of Ontario, such as the University of Guelph, the Livestock Research Innovation Centre, and the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario. It is also the headquarters of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

    The announcement took place immediately following a roundtable session on Wednesday where Minister Hardeman and Ontario agri-food industry leaders met to discuss Ontario’s priorities heading into the 2019 event.

    The 2019 Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers Conference will take place in Quebec City, from July 17-19, 2019.

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  • $8.3M BOOST FOR BEEF INDUSTRY

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    From a news release


    The federal government has announced an investment of $8.3 million for six projects that will help support Canada’s world-class beef industry.

    According to a government news release, the investments will help producers become more competitive and provide them with the tools they need to remain sustainable and innovative.

    “This investment will help grow markets, increase public trust in beef products, and harness the full power of the Canada beef brand here and around the world,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, who announced the funding on Wednesday at the Calgary Stampede.

    The largest portion of this investment, $5.3 million, is going towards Canada Beef to grow beef sales in important international markets, by expanding programs with retail partners and increase  foreign consumer confidence in Canadian beef. This funding will help the Canadian beef sector further capitalize on the trade agreements the Government of Canada has advanced with Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and North America.

    This also includes an investment of $1.7 million to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to offer producers new tools to build public trust in their product around the world. This funding will also help all producers take full advantage of the Verified Beef Production Plus Program.

    Other investments include:

    ·  almost $800,000 to help the Canadian Beef Breeds Council grow markets for our world-class beef genetics;

    ·  over $250,000 to help the National Cattle Feeders Association ensure public trust in animal welfare practices on our beef operations; and

    ·  over $230,000 to help the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association to improve animal welfare through genetics.

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  • GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS GRAINS AND OILSEEDS EXPORTS AROUND THE WORLD

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    From a news release


    The federal government is investing in more than $13 million for 11 projects to help strengthen, diversify and grow Canada’s grains and oilseeds exports. 

    Announced on July 11, the funding will help Canada’s agricultural and agri-food exporters in their efforts to diversify markets, positioning them to take full advantage of new opportunities created through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Combined with Canada’s other free trade agreements, Canadian farmers and producers with preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries.

    This funding will help the sector to strengthen its market access and development strategies, enhance promotional efforts, and gain a deeper understanding of the growing demands for new and existing markets.

    The projects are funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing Program, which helps industry increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize market opportunities. 

    The investments support the efforts of eight of Canada’s national grains and oilseeds organizations, including:

    Barley Council of Canada: Up to $210,870 to continue working towards the establishment of a market for higher protein Canadian feed barley in China.

    Canola Council of Canada: Up to $4,088,786 to increase canola exports internationally, and work on behalf of the flax sector to expand market reach for flax. Activities include educating priority  markets and conducting trade missions.

    Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC): Up to $1,448,178 to enhance Canada’s status as a supplier of premium quality barley to global malting and brewing industries, benefiting the entire Canadian malting barley value chain. Activities will include conducting research to better understand markets and giving customers technical training of their malting and brewing equipment.

    Canadian Special Crops Association: Up to $2,917,275 to build demand for crops such as canary seed, sunflowers and mustard, as well as to develop market access strategies and enhance supply chain performance.

    Cereals Canada Inc: Up to $894,323 to secure global markets for cereals by strengthening the Canada Brand for wheat through understanding of customers’ expectations, educating customers about Canadian wheat and exploring untapped market potential.

    Prairie Oat Growers Association: Up to $450,450 to increase and diversify exports by promoting the health benefits of oats through activities such as the use of social media and trade missions to strengthen relationships with nutritional experts.

    Pulse Canada: Up to $2,907,622 for activities such as marketing the nutritional content and sustainability benefits of pulses to the food manufacturing and foodservice sector in high use regions. 

    Soy Canada Inc: Up to $311,956 to continue the momentum of growth in the Canadian soybean sector by diversifying into new markets. Activities include creating a brochure to promote Canada’s high-quality soybeans, as well as conducting meetings and outgoing missions with key stakeholders.

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  • 2019 Ontario Potato Field Day

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    The 2019 Ontario Potato Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 22 at HJV equipment in Alliston.

    View new equipment, varieties and the trade show starting at 3:00 with dinner at 5:30. See the flyer below for more details:

    2019 Field Day Agenda August 22

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  • RESEARCH INVESTMENT TO FIGHT PLANT DISEASES

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    From a news release


    Ontario’s government is investing in research to develop new practices and on-farm solutions for fruit, vegetable and field crop farmers to prevent or control costly crop diseases and pests and improve production practices. The $1.3 million investment aims to boost productivity and profitability for farmers.

    “We know plant diseases can be very difficult to deal with and expensive for farmers,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “By giving crop farmers up-to-date information and tools, they can make better decisions to sustain and improve crop health and productivity.”

    Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the province is funding research projects at the University of Guelph to help optimize production and minimize the damage and economic losses caused by crop diseases and pests on Ontario farms, including:

    ·  Surveillance for blight management decisions in field tomatoes

    ·  Investigating the threat of onion thrips to greenhouse floriculture pest management programs

    ·  Developing approaches to combat Fusarium disease in wheat

    ·  Assessing management in sugar beets to reduce crop disease

    ·  Investigating production of a year-round supply of high-quality potatoes for Ontario

    ·  Improving grape rootstock to prevent winter losses in sensitive areas.
    “As Canada’s food university, University of Guelph has consistently delivered world-class discoveries that promote the productivity and health of farmers’ crops,” said Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research). “Our researchers are committed to delivering solutions and opportunities across the agricultural sector, fulfilling our promise to improve life.”

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