Archive for November, 2015

Robert Wagner, Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist We are pleased that Robert Wagner joined the Agriculture Development Branch as the Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist. Robert will be working from the Guelph Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) office.  Robert Wagner

The Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist works with producers to develop commodity marketing plans, primarily for the grains and oilseeds sectors as well as for livestock and horticultural sectors. The position also involves working with industry to identify new business opportunities, new markets and products and helping clients to determine the viability of these areas.  This work will also include developing and delivering new marketing and business resources to help industry enhance and meet changing customer demands.

Nick Betts, Business Management Specialist

We are pleased that Nick Betts joined the Agriculture Development Branch as the Business Management Specialist. Nick will be working from the Guelph Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) office. Nick Betts

The Business Management Specialist contributes to program evaluation, policy development, and direct engagement with farmers and farm organizations, particularly on topics related to sustainability in agriculture and agri-business, farm succession and new entrants, strategic planning, human resources and farm safety.

In these roles, Robert and Nick aim to increase business competitiveness and investment along the agricultural value-chain.

Robert and Nick’s contact details and a complete listing of business management specialists are available at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/directory/staffdirectorybusiness.htm






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We are pleased that Anita Heeg joined the Agriculture Development Branch on September 8, 2015 as the Feed Ingredients and Byproducts Specialist. Anita will be working from the Woodstock Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) office. 

The Feed Ingredients and Byproducts Specialist looks at the utilization of various feed ingredients, including food waste, and byproducts for livestock. This includes developing and introducing new feed ingredients to the animal feed market. Anita will assist the industry and producers to find and develop new feed ingredient and technology options for Ontario.

Anita will be building on the great work done by Ron Lackey, who recently retired from the position.


Anita’s agricultural and educational experience   

Anita grew up on a dairy farm in Salford. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph with a major in Animal Biology. For the past 8 years, Anita has worked as a Dairy Specialist with Alltech dealing with feed additives and mycotoxin related issues. She has worked closely with many dairy producers, feed representatives and university alumni. Anita and her husband own a dairy farm near New Hamburg, milking 120 cows robotically.

Anita’s contact details and a complete listing of livestock specialists are available at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/directory/staffdirectorylivestock.htm

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Ontario has gone four months without a confirmed case of PED.  Now is the time to maintain strict on-farm biosecurity protocols to prevent PED infection in your pigs.

Watch for Clinical Signs

  • Sudden onset of watery diarrhea +/- vomiting in all ages of pigs
  • High mortality in piglets

If you suspect that your pigs may be infected with PED virus, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will provide strategies to help you to manage the disease. Be vigilant and watch for early signs of scouring.

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair provides a good opportunity to promote agriculture. The Pig Mobile is always busy every year.

OMAFRA Royal exhibit

OMAFRA Exhibit at the Royal

piglet under heat lamp

Sleeping at the Royal

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In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, downstream flexibility can be achieved in part by predicting and managing upstream risk. This comprehensive, three-day course focuses on practical application and is essential for any farmer or agri-business leader whose production (outputs) or raw materials (inputs) are commodity based.

In summary, you will learn:

 How to set up an account and trade Futures and Options

  • Hedging for Futures & Options, using realistic examples
  • How to understand the technical analysis and information inside charts to improve your timing
  • Practice applying your knowledge to current market case assignments
  • Learn everything you need to know to develop a strategy
  • The course includes up-to-date analysis and practice so that you may apply your new knowledge to current markets

For more information, visit: www.agrifoodtraining.com

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