Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.

PA_genericEN

The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program are to:

  • Recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector
  • Foster farm-level innovation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy

Examples of innovation areas include but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (e.g. new production and processing methods, product development)
  • response to expanding consumer tastes (e.g. locally-grown and produced world foods) collaborations (strategic alliances, cross-sector partnerships)
  • environmental stewardship
  • energy and bio-economy
  • health and safety
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society

Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2018 to be eligible for a chance to receive one of the following awards:

  • Premier’s Award – one, $75,000 award
  • Minister’s Award – one, $50,000 award
  • Leaders in Innovation Award – three, $25,000 awards
  • Provincial award – 45 – $5,000 awards

To read about the more than 575 innovation projects that have been recognized since the program started in 2006 visit Agri-Food Innovation. These include innovations that have:

  • Modified equipment to enhance production
  • Responded to consumer demands by developing a new product
  • Implemented new technology to increase efficiencies

 

For more information, contact:

Darlene Harrietha
Premier’s Award Program Analyst
Email: darlene.harrietha@ontario.ca
Phone: 519-826-4847

Read Full Post »

course splash screens (2)Are you looking for a convenient option for gaining skills and knowledge in the areas of food safety, traceability and farm business practices?

A series of free online courses is now available for producers, processors and agri-food businesses. These courses will provide foundational information to help you:

  • Reduce risks to your businesses and customers
  • Improve efficiencies
  • Learn more about industry best practices
  • Develop a more competitive edge and access new markets
  • Grow your business

Available courses:

  • Producer: Food Safety Foundations
  • Producer: Worker Practices
  • Producer: Water Use
  • Processor: Food Safety Foundations
  • Processor: Recall
  • Processor: Personnel
  • Processor: Sanitation
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Producer: Maximizing Your Traceability Investment
  • Processor: Profiting From Traceability
  • Producer: Growing Your Farm Profits

Producers and processors have found the following benefits when taking these online courses:

  • The convenience of doing it on their own time and schedule
  • Interactive exercises, helpful templates and relevant examples
  • Ability to print or refer back to the content again later

How Do I Get Started?

Register for your FREE account today at agandfoodeducation.ca. Then simply log in and begin learning — wherever and whenever it is convenient for you. Accessible versions of the courses are available. For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at rcagfood@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 

 

Read Full Post »

In September 2016, OMAFRA along with Ontario Pork, Prairie Swine Centre and many sponsoring partners put together a 2 day seminar on Group Sow Housing. The event was well received and many producers and industry representatives from Ontario were in attendance.

Presentation slides and transcriptions of the speakers are now available online for you to look through. Whether you missed the event or want to go back and look at some of the materials, everything can be found by visiting the National Sow Housing Conversion Project website at http://www.groupsowhousing.com. This website has a wealth of resources for anyone looking into group sow housing.

 

Read Full Post »

Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace!

Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario online learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

The new Traceability eLearning courses show how good practices can:

  • maximize productivity, improve business efficiency, reduce costs and improve business processes
  • be used to increase competitive advantage by accessing new markets
  • improve supply chain management

The new Food Safety eLearning courses will help you to:

  • identify food safety hazards that can occur in your operation
  • understand best practices and develop programs to control these hazards
  • decrease the likelihood of food safety hazards that can lead to a foodborne illness outbreak or product recall

Visit the University of Guelph website to register for a FREE account. Then simply log in and begin learning – wherever and whenever is convenient for you! Accessible versions of the courses are available. For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at rcagfood@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.

Do you prefer classroom-based learning? Food Safety and Traceability courses and workshops are still offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Visit their website for the dates and locations of upcoming in-person opportunities.

Online course development was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.

Read Full Post »

Save your old tires and help make dreams come true!

The 8th annual Tire Take Back event will be held from May 23 to June 4, 2017. OFA members can drop off their used tires for free at any participating Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) location across the province.

This 13 day event, organized by Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), in association with Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), helps support the work of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

Over the last seven years, Ontarians have helped raise $1,060,306 through the collection of 458,185 tires as part of the annual Tire Take Back events.  See more at: http://rethinktires.ca/tiretakeback/#sthash.aPQ4VApA.dpuf

  • Start stockpiling your used tires
  • Find a participating OARA location near you
  • Drop off your tires for free from May 23 – June 4, 2017

If you have approximatley 50 or more tires on your property that you would like to recycle, please click here to contact one of the participating OTS Haulers.

For more details, visit rethinktires.ca/tiretakeback.

Read Full Post »

If you couldn’t attend this year’s London Swine Conference “Where Research Meets Production” check out the proceedings available online at www.londonswineconference.ca.

Read Full Post »

We’re excited to let you know about the latest updates that we made to the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA). What is the AIA? It’s the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) free, easy-to-use online tool that can help you to:

  • Develop nutrient management strategies and plans.
  • Plan tile drainage for your farm.
  • Develop a farm sketch for Pest Assessment Reports and Bee Yard Registration and other government programs, including the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI).

So, what are the changes?

The AIA is now housed on a new platform. If you are a current user of the AIA, you’ll need to update your bookmarks to the new URL so you can find the AIA quickly and easily. Better yet, the AIA is now mobile-friendly. Open it up on your phone or tablet for quick access while you’re in the field or on the go.

Our updates include new features and tools, such as:

  • The ability to add your own user data, such as GPS points or shape files.
  • Auto-population of 911 addresses.
  • The removal of the “Label Map” function, and an added “export markup” function (i.e. text and graphics) that allows you to save and bring data back in again at another time
  • Right-clicking on the map will give you quick and easy access to GPS co-ordinates, basic markup tools and other functions.
  • 2015 southwestern Ontario imagery data.

We’ve also added a Farm Fire Safety Sketch template in the “Create Map” section. You can use the template to develop a sketch of your farm showing features like fire risk areas, utility shut-off points, water sources, livestock barns and access routes for emergency vehicles. This sketch can be shared with local first responders to have on-hand in case of a fire or another emergency. Visit the Farm Fire and Emergency Sketch web page for help with making a sketch for your operation.

Most of the changes we made were based on user feedback. Let us know what you think about the updates and new features at omafra.gis@ontario.ca so that we can continue to improve the AIA.

Need help with the AIA? Our Help page answers some common questions. You can also contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

agmap
ontario.ca/agmaps

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »