OMAFRA Ag Business Update – Issue 142 – March 2018

OMAFRA Ag Business Update – Issue 142 – March 2018

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This update is designed to provide you with concise, up to date agricultural business information with links to where you can find the details.

This Issue:

Business Strategy / Business Planning

Canadian Agricultural Partnership


Supporting Ontario’s agri-food and agri-product sector through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership


The Agricultural Adaptation Council will deliver CAP programming to Ontario organizations and collaborations on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that assists government, industry and other partners to work together to advance Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sector, and focus on achieving key outcomes related to economic development, environmental stewardship and protection and assurance.


The federal and provincial governments will be committing $417 million towards strategic initiatives to help grow this sector in Ontario and increase their competitiveness, productivity, and prosperity.


Through CAP, Ontario will continue to provide investments in research and innovation to support the transition and adoption of applied research into the market through knowledge mobilization.


Details about CAP programming for organizations and collaborations are now available. Strategic initiatives will support projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:

  • Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sector
  • Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health
  • Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health

Further program details including the program guide, pre-proposal and application forms are now available on the Agricultural Adaptation Council website at first application intake window will open on March 15 and close on April 5, 2018.


Government of Canada launches Agricultural Clean Technology program

This $25 million, three-year investment will help the agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development and adoption of clean technologies.

Provinces and territories are eligible to apply for federal funding through this program, and are encouraged to work with industry on projects that focus on precision agriculture and/or bioproducts.


Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Federally-funded activities and programs to support sector growth focus on three key areas:

Federal program details and application forms are now available for AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance programs. Funding will begin April 1, 2018.



County Profiles: Agriculture, Food and Business

Now updated with 2016 Census of Agriculture data



OMAFRA’s Agriculture, Food and Beverage Profiles by County

OMAFRA’s Agriculture, Food and Beverage Profiles by County have been updated with the 2016 data:
Reports are published with county and township specific information:

  1. Business: Population, Household Income, Employment
  2. Agriculture: Farm area, Farm production including major crops/livestock acreage/numbers.
  3. Food Expenditure: household food expenditure by food type
  4. Food Consumption: consumption per capita, production area required for produce to feed population in the county
  5. Agriculture Census: 2011 and 2016 Census of Agriculture


Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) will launch in early April 2018. This new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments will support Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.

Producersprocessors and other agri-businesses can apply for cost-share funding assistance starting on April 3 until May 8, 2018. Further program details including program guides and application forms will be available on March 29, 2018.



Financial Management

2017 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey report

The data provided in this Report is from 2,367 Ontario respondents who participated in an online survey between January 23 – February 5, 2018. Respondents were asked a number of questions about farmland, farmland values, and rental rates for the previous year, 2017.

2017 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey Summary of Findings


Human Resources

Nuffield Canada looking for 2019 scholars by April 30

Nuffield Canada has up to five scholarships of $15,000 each, available for 2019, and the deadline for applicants is April 30, 2018. This is an incredible opportunity for someone involved in agriculture to travel the world, meeting top industry leaders, and getting to see/experience things not normally open to the public

Application forms and more information can be found at


Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

The 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 for the 2018 program are being accepted now until 11:59 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018.   Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.

Ontario Recognizing Outstanding Leaders in Rural Ontario

Province Presents First-Ever Rural Ontario Leaders Awards

Ontario is shining a light on exceptional leadership in rural communities through the inaugural Rural Ontario Leaders Awards.

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the recipients of the first-ever Rural Ontario Leaders Awards at a ceremony at the Rural Ontario Summit in Newcastle.




2017 Agri-food trade summaries

The most recently updated 2017 Agri-food trade summaries can be accessed on the statistics section of the OMAFRA website: They are not only updated with the 2017 data but they also include historical revisions.

  • In 2017, Ontario Agri-food exports reached $14.9 billion a 0.8% increase since 2016.
  • Ontario is the top agri-food exporting Canadian province, followed by Saskatchewan.
  • The highest value of monthly exports was recorded in November ($1.5 billion) similar trend to a year earlier.
  • In 2017, Ontario’s major export partner is US (76%) followed by Asia (excl. Japan) (11%) and EU (6%).

Ontario top 2017 exports are:

  • grain products ($3.4 billion),
  • vegetables fresh and processed ($1.7 billion)
  • edible preparations1 ($1.2 billion)


Ontario top 2017 imports are:

  • fruits and nuts fresh and processed ($4.2 billion),
  • vegetables fresh and processed ($3.1 billion)
  • edible preparations1 ($3.0 billion),


The largest gains in Ontario 2017 Agri-food exports since 2016 were reported in

  • vegetables fresh and processed (Cdn $209 million increase),
  • edible preparations1 (Cdn $155 million increase),
  • animal feeds (Cdn $77 million increase)
  • red meats (Cdn $65 million increase).


Ontario’s 2017 top exportsto the US are:

  • grain products ($3.3 billion),
  • vegetables fresh and processed ($1.4 billion)
  • edible preparations ($1billion)


Ontario top 2017 exports to Asia (excl. Japan) are

  • oilseeds ($0.5 billion)
  • animal products ($0.3 billion)


Livestock and Meat exports:

  • In 2017, Ontario exported Cdn$118.9 million of live pigsa 7% increase from Cdn $111.5 million in 2016.
  • Live cattle exports declined by 36% since 2016 to Cdn $125.8 million in 2017.
  • In 2017, Ontario exported Cdn$ 575 million of pork2, a 2% decline from Cdn $585.5 million in 2016.
  • Exports of beef3 increased by 17% from Cdn $447.8 million in 2016 to Cdn $525.0 million in 2017
  • The US is the main destination of Ontario live cattle(99%)and live hog exports (99%).


1 Examples: food preparations, sauces, condiments and soups

2 Total pork includes: meat cuts fresh, chilled, frozen, offal, cured meat and prep/preserved meat

3 Total bovine includes: meat cuts fresh, chilled, frozen, offal, cured meat and prep/preserved meat


Ontario Growing More Opportunities for Local Food in Public Sector Organizations

Province Proclaims Final Requirement of Local Food Act

Ontario is encouraging public sector organizations to use more locally grown and produced food by delivering on the commitment to support the province’s agri-food sector.

March 19th the province proclaimed the final requirement of the Local Food Act, 2013, to encourage public sector organizations, such as hospitals and schools, to use more local food. These organizations represent a big market opportunity for local food and economic growth in communities across the province. Consultations will be held throughout the fall with agri-food stakeholders, public sector organizations and the public to establish aspirational goals and targets.



Risk Management

Business Risk Management program deadlines

Don’t miss upcoming application deadlines for 2018 program, contact Agricorp for details



Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

OMAFRA Dateline:

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.


Focus on Farm Women

Canadian Association of Farm Advisors

A professional development day and in-person networking aimed at women farm advisors and aspiring farm advisors.  It is an open discussion to explore the challenges and opportunities women experience in providing advice to farm families and businesses.

  • Tax considerations for farmers
  • The uses and misuses of powers of attorney
  • Demystifying financial literacy
  • Making sense of legalese for farmers and farm advisors
  • Insurance as an estate planning tool
  • Making the most of your banking relationship
  • Farm for sale
  • The influences of rural discourse
  • Palliative care planning
  •  Mental wellness on the farm

April 12, 2018

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, London



PROFIT : New-to-Exporting Seminar

Are you interested in exporting to the US?

Exports play an increasingly important role in Ontario’s economy and they could play an important role in the future of your company.

Dates: June 12 – 13, 2018
Locations: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Objective: Provide a working knowledge of exporting food products to the US
Features: Expert speakers during a fast paced, two-day, hands-on seminar
Cost: $350 + HST per person which includes the PROFIT Guide Book, accommodation in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, motor coach transportation to Buffalo, retail store tours and meals.

The seminar, featuring speakers who are experts in their field, is a “hands-on” orientation covering the basic requirements for food and beverage exporters.

Topics discussed include export financing, product labelling, US tax laws, food brokerage, food distribution, food and drug regulations, customs and customs brokerage. Export development services provided by Ontario Food Exports will also be presented.



Agricultural Excellence Conference

Winnipeg, MB

November 26-28, 2018

Farm Management Canada (FMC) will host the next Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx) in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 26th – 28th, 2018.

The Agricultural Excellence Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, focusing on bringing diverse industry experts and stakeholders together from across disciplines, regions and commodity sectors to share insights and explore beneficial farm management practices, with leading farm business thinkers.



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