SOIL CONSERVATION DIRECTLY LINKED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PICTURE

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From fieldcropnews.com By Adam Hayes, OMAFRA Soil Management Specialist, Field Crops April 15 to 21 marked National Soil Conservation Week. Soil conservation for many years focused on protecting the soil from wind and water erosion. Today, that is still a focus but the soil is becoming an integral part of the larger environmental picture. Soil conservation is now directly linked … Read More

GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO SUPPORT NEW RENEWABLE FUELS MANDATES

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From a news release The Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes the Ontario government mandate to increase renewable fuel blending in gasoline. The new mandate requires gasoline suppliers to maintain an average of 10 per cent renewable content in regular gasoline beginning in 2020, and requires that renewable content meet an average lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) performance threshold of 45 per … Read More

BETTER CONVERSATIONS AROUND AGRICULTURE

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary By Josh Kraemer, CFFO Communications Intern Last week was the Farm and Food Care Ontario Speakers Program, which focused on public conversations about agriculture. Keynote speaker Tamar Haspel described how to reach out to the public in ways that spark people’s interest and encourage engagement in meaningful discussion. Connecting with a public audience is … Read More

OFA SAYS SLOW DOWN HIGH-SPEED RAIL LINE

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Keith Currie, OFA President Ontario’s proposed high-speed rail offers nothing but problems for farmers and rural residents. The provincial government’s plan to connect Toronto to London by 2025, and eventually extend to Windsor by 2031, through a high-speed rail line is a contentious issue for the communities and landowners that will be affected. The … Read More

AGRICULTURAL SOIL HEALTH AND CONSERVATION STRATEGY RELEASED

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From the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Ontario has a new strategy to help ensure the province’s agricultural soils remain healthy and productive for future generations. “New Horizons: Ontario’s Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy” was developed in collaboration with the Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Working Group, experts from provincial farm organizations, agri-food businesses, conservation organizations, the research … Read More

Fun Facts about Pigs – via @TheAGguy #ontag

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We all have eaten many products from our friend the pig. Bacon, pork chops, spare ribs, pork roast and so many other food items. But what do we really know about the pig? Today, let’s find our more. Despite their reputation, pigs are not dirty animals. They’re actually quite clean. The pig’s reputation as a filthy animal comes from its … Read More

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