USING SENSORS, BLOCK CHAIN FOR BETTER ANIMAL WELFARE IN TRANSIT

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By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario A new sensor-based tracking system for livestock could provide peace of mind for farmers, food companies and consumers that animals are being treated humanely during transport. Transport Genie monitors microclimate conditions inside livestock trailers and provides that information to users along the supply chain using block chain technology. Block chains are a digital ledger … Read More

PRODUCER CAP FUNDING – FOCUS ON SOIL AND WATER

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary By Suzanne Armstrong, CFFO Director of Research and Policy Soil health and water quality issues continue to be high on the government’s agenda. Several years of consultations, working groups and revised drafts have now resulted in two major documents: the recently completed Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan, which addresses phosphorus loss, and the soon-to-be … Read More

OFA REITERATES RESPONSIBLE LAND USE POLICIES TO GOVERNMENT

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Mark Reusser, OFA Vice President Ontario is a vast province, but only about 5% of the total land base is capable of supporting agricultural activities. Farmland preservation is a top priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), and we work continuously to keep not only our prime agricultural land, but also lower capability … Read More

APRIL 10 WASDE REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

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Corn ending stocks in the U.S. were raised while soybean stockpiles for 2017-18 were lowered in the April 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. This month’s U.S. corn outlook is for reduced feed and residual use, slightly lower food, seed, and industrial (FSI) use, and increased ending stocks. FSI is lowered 5 million bushels, as a 10-million-bushel … Read More

TRADE DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE U.S. AND CHINA

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From Canadian Cattlemen’s Association “Action News” In April, China announced a $50 billion list of U.S. goods for possible tariff hikes, including beef, corn and wheat, in an escalating dispute with Washington. China’s move was in response to actions by the U.S. Trump Administration, which proposed a list of roughly 1,300 Chinese goods ranging from agricultural equipment to raw metals, … Read More

ASSESSING WINTER WHEAT STANDS FOR WINTER SURVIVAL

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From fieldcropnews.com By Joanna Follings, OMAFRA Cereals Specialist Co-written by Dave Hooker, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Winter wheat can often be found to survive short freeze thaw events throughout the winter. However with the recent dips in temperatures with little to no snow cover, there are some concerns about crop damage and survivability. There is also some concern that … Read More

Local Farmer Says Agriculture Can Save The World (Blackburn News)

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By Matt Weverink April 10, 2018 12:09pm @Matt_Weverink Long-time Chatham-Kent farmer Bob Kerr is looking to save the earth one field at a time. He shared that message with the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise Tuesday morning along with some practical applications for how local farmers can help. Overall, Kerr’s message is focused on improving soil health by implementing farming … Read More

2017 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey report

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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