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London Swine Conference Update

The London Swine Conference website has been updated with the program and speaker biographies. All past proceedings are also available, as well as a link to OMAFRA’s podcasts of select presentations from past conferences.

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Crop budgets are a management tool to estimate costs and evaluate cropping alternatives.

 

2013 Field Crop Budgets PDF

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February 20, 2013 at Rudy Brown – Rural Development Centre, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

3:30 p.m. – Registration and Refreshments
4:15 p.m. – Conference Convenes

Session Speakers:

  • Ted Oke, Agriculture Finance Specialist
  • George Charbonneau, DMV
  • Dave & Jeff Linton, Lin-Dell Farms – Producer Profile
  • Marc Lalonde, Biosecurity Specialist

 

Feature Speaker:  Lee Whittington, President & CEO, Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, SK

Register by February 17 by calling 1-866-222-9682; fax 519-674-1512 or email rcabc@uoguelph.ca

 

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Come join the discussion on the following topics:

  • Risk Management Tips & Tools
  • Putting the GDX to Work
  • Feeding Heavy Hogs

Pick a date and location:  (1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
February 5 – Clinton OMAFRA Office
February 6 – Woodstock OMAFRA Office
Please register by January 28

February 12 – Elora OMAFRA Office
February 13 – Southwest Vet Clinic, Stratford
Please register by February 4
Register with Linda Dillon at 519-482-3333;  linda.dillon@ontario.ca
Worshop Leaders:  John Bancroft, Jaydee Smith & Doug Richards, OMAFRA

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An OMAFRA and University of Guelph team worked with Ipsos Reid to survey people working and studying in agriculture about their social media and smartphone use. This was the first survey of its kind in the Ontario agricultural industry and will help agri-businesses and organizations plan communication and technology strategies.
A total of 439 people responded. Highlights include:
• 95% of respondents are online daily
• 62% expect their internet use for agriculture-related purposes will increase; 37% expect it to stay about the same
• 79% listed paper-based farm publications as a main source for new agricultural information; an equal number listed the internet
• 69% of respondents have a smartphone
• 65% of those with smartphones have a BlackBerry product, 23% have an Apple product, 8% are using Android
• 74% of smartphone users have downloaded at least one agricultural application
• 84% of respondents used social media in the past 12 months
• Twitter and YouTube are the most popular social media tools for agriculture-related purposes
• 68% of respondents used social media for sharing/capturing agriculture information
• 89% of respondents agreed that government should use social networking tools as part of their communication strategy
This project was funded by Agri-Food and Rural Link through the OMAFRA-University of Guelph partnership. Highlights of the survey results are found at http://bit.ly/XqEMa1.

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Come join the discussion on the following topics:

  • Risk Management Tips & Tools
  • Putting the GDX to Work
  • Feeding Heavy Hogs

Pick a date and location:  (1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
February 5 – Clinton OMAFRA Office
February 6 – Woodstock OMAFRA Office
Please register by January 28

February 12 – Elora OMAFRA Office
February 13 – Southwest Vet Clinic, Stratford
Please register by February 4
Register with Linda Dillon at 519-482-3333;  linda.dillon@ontario.ca
Worshop Leaders:  John Bancroft, Jaydee Smith & Doug Richards, OMAFRA

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2012 December OMAFRA Swine Budget / 2012 Year Average Swine Budget now posted at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/swine-budgets2012.htm

 

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