Archive for December, 2015

FarmSmart Program

Check out the Business and Marketing sessions:

  • 2016 Marketing Outlook – Steve Kell, Parrish & Heimbecker
  • The Changing Dynamic of The Agricultural Workplace – Greg Hannam, Woodrill Farms, Wellington County
  • All the Kids Want A Future in the Farm. Now What? – Stewart and Blair Cressman, Crystal Brook Farm, Waterloo Cty.
  • Farmland, Rental Contracts, Present & Future Issues – Brady Deaton, UG and Bruce Kelly, Farm & Food Care
  • Farm Infrastructure. How to make the decisions to build new or stay with the tried and true. – John Molenhuis, OMAFRA and  Blair Cressman, Crystal Brook Farms
  • Sharpening Your Marketing Skills – Steve Kell, Parrish & Heimbecker
  • Tax Tips, Strategies and Opportunities for Progressive Farmers – Franklin Famme, Famme & Co. Professional Corporation
  • Farmers hit hard by Increasing Red Tape – Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Registration is online or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

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The November Swine Budgets and budgets for the entire year are available on the OMAFRA swine website 2015 Swine Budgets.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are invited to attend a full-day marketing seminar during the months of January and February. These seminars will introduce producers to Options on futures. Participants will be shown how to incorporate Options into their marketing strategies.

Seminars will be led by Marty Hibbs, grain merchandiser with Grain Farmers of Ontario. Hibbs is a 25 year veteran futures trader, analyst, and portfolio manager. He was a regular guest analyst on BNN for four years and is currently authoring the Market Side education series on futures trading basics in the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

January 14 – New Liskeard* February 9 – Chatham
January 26 – Belleville February 10 – Stratford
January 27 – Avonmore February 11 – London
  February 25 – Brantford

* Futures Seminar

Class size is limited to approximately 25 participants per location

Note: Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be permitted. To reserve a seat call Marty Hibbs 1-800-265-0550; email: mhibbs@gfo.ca; or go online at course information. Venue and start time details will be provided through an email with your registration confirmation.


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The most recent amendment to the Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document (FS-212-14, dated August 1, 2014, effective October 1, 2014) includes specific requirements for natural gas or propane heating appliances installed in livestock and poultry barns that vent into the barn space.

A shortage of licenced holders who can design barn ventilation systems has made it difficult for owners of existing unvented heaters in livestock and poultry facilities to meet the January 1, 2016 deadline for compliance with clause 7.36.3. TSSA has therefore temporarily suspended enforcement of the January 1, 2016 deadline in clause 7.36.3 for existing heaters installed prior to October 1, 2014. TSSA will not enforce non-compliances with this particular code provision until the effective date of the next Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document. Fuel distributors and suppliers may continue to deliver fuel to such appliances.

Read the full advisory Extension of Compliance Date for Ventilation Calculations for Unvented Heaters in Livestock Facilities.

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row of trees planted by soybean field

Windbreaks improve crop yield

Did you know that windbreaks:

  • increase crop yield, improve soil moisture distribution over fields and reduce soil loss?
  • provide shade and shelter for livestock?
  • minimize spray drift and odours?
  • decrease the amount of snow drift onto driveways and roads?
  • enhance biodiversity and wildlife habitat
  • can generate alternative income?

Windbreaks have many benefits for farmers and rural landowners, and more than make up for the loss of land they use. Fall is the perfect time to start planning for a spring planting. Here are some things you need to do to get started:

Do a site assessment where the windbreak will be planted.

Decide on the tree species you would like to plant based on why you’re planting a windbreak and your site’s characteristics.

Develop a planting plan.

Confirm the number of trees you’ll need and place your tree order. You can order trees through nurseries and some conservation authorities.

Prepare the site by marking out in-row and between-row tree spacing, tilling, mulching, mowing and/or band or spot spraying, and placing black plastic mulch over the area to control weeds.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has many resources to help you with windbreak planning. Visit our website to watch our four windbreak videos on planning, planting, maintenance and windbreak successes. Our free Best Management Practices book, “Establishing Tree Cover,” provides a step-by-step guide for planning and planting a windbreak.

For more information about windbreaks and for help with planning a windbreak, contact your local conservation authority.

For more information about OMAFRA’s resources, contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

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The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) is a software program designed to help farmers estimate the potential for soil erosion under different land management and cropping practices. The software overcomes many of the limitations of the previous USLE equation.

eroded hillside

Preventing soil erosion is key

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) staff has adapted the RUSLE2 for Ontario farmers by incorporating climate, soil and management practices common to the province.

We have created five interactive tutorials to help you use RUSLE2 for Ontario. The easy-to-follow audio/visual guides give step-by-step instructions on using RUSLE2 to help you assess the cropping and tillage practices you use on your farm.

Find out how you can prevent soil erosion from your fields! Visit the OMAFRA website to watch the tutorials and to download RUSLE2.

Do you have questions about RUSLE2? Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.



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