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The agri-food sector has always been innovative in running businesses, adapting practices and collaborating to compete in the world economy. To help spur and to celebrate this innovative spirit, the Government of Ontario created the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program.

Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector? Apply and you could be eligible to receive one of these awards:

  • Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
  • Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
  • Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
  • Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)

Primary producers/farmers, processors and agri-food organizations are invited to apply. You can apply with a range of innovative projects, including projects that have shown innovation in environmental stewardship and bio-energy. Some examples of previous environmental project award winners:

  • In 2009, Leamington Area Drip Irrigation won the top level Premier’s Award for their project to improve water efficiency on 13 partner farms. The final pipeline is 36 kilometres long and the system can precisely monitor the amount of water being delivered from Lake Erie to 2,500 acres of tomatoes in the Leamington area.
  • Truly Green won an award in 2014 for their system that uses by-products from a neighbouring ethanol plant to make their greenhouses carbon neutral.
  • Van Arkel Farms won an award in 2016 for their soil health projects. Some of their innovations include experimenting with different cover crops for soil protection and rapid sequestration of nutrients, pioneering a reduced tillage system and developing a custom manure injector that decreases runoff and minimized soil disturbance.

There are many different areas and projects that could qualify beyond environmental stewardship. Download the 2017 Program Guidebook and Application Form at ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation. The guidebook gives ideas for different innovative areas and projects, but applicants are not limited to this list. Read about past Premier’s Award winners at ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation for more project ideas.

Apply today for a chance to be a Premier’s Award winner! Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. You can find submission information in the guidebook.

Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or email premiersagrifoodinnovationaward@ontario.ca for more information.

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Call Before You Cut!

From OMAFRA Stakeholder Communications: Municipalities are responsible for developing their own by-laws. Your municipality may have passed by-laws that determine if you can remove a tree from your land or woodlot. These by-laws may include conditions that affect how you carry out the work, including the need for a qualified professional and/or a permit to […]

via Call Before You Cut! — onspecialtycrops

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Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.

This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.

To get the credit, you must:

  • be a resident of Ontario
  • have a farming business in Ontario
  • have donated agricultural products to an eligible community food program in Ontario.

 Eligible products include:

  • meat and meat by-products
  • eggs and dairy products
  • fish
  • fruits and vegetables
  • grains and pulses
  • herbs, honey, maple syrup and mushrooms

To receive the donation, community food programs must:

  • be registered as a charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada)
  • be able to issue receipts for the fair market value of food donated by farmers

More details on the tax credit are available by visiting: www.ontario.ca/fooddonation

If you are a farmer, reach out to your local community organizations and see how you can work together to bring more fresh, local food to people in need.

 

 

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The Ontario government wants your help to identify opportunities to grow the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector in Northern Ontario.  Tell us your ideas on how industry and government can work together to drive growth of the sector.

The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario identified the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector as one of eleven priority sectors that can contribute to the diversification and growth of the Northern Ontario economy.  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is developing a strategy for growing the sector and has posted a discussion paper to its website and to Ontario’s Environmental Registry.

Your ideas are important to the development of a strategy for the sector. First, read the discussion paper .

Then, share your ideas with us in one of several ways listed below. Comments must be submitted by July 3, 2016.

Economic Development Policy Branch
1 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor NE
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 4Y2

  • By Fax: (519) 826-4328 (addressed to the Economic Development Policy Branch, OMAFRA)

OMAFRA will develop a strategy for the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector based on the ideas generated at meetings and comments submitted to the ministry by July 3, 2016.  The strategy, along with other plans and strategies for Northern Ontario, can be expected to drive policies, programs and investments in Northern Ontario over the next 20 years.

In addition, OMAFRA will follow up with willing proponents on promising opportunities to understand how the government can help them move forward with their plans.

If you have any questions, please contact northernagrifood@ontario.ca

 

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Statistics Canada is pleased to announce that the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture began May 2nd.

Canadians will receive a letter in the mail that includes instructions on how to complete the census questionnaire. Completing the census online is quick, easy and secure.

The Census of Population collects demographic information on every person living in Canada, while the Census of Agriculture collects information about every agricultural operation in Canada. Both are crucial for community planning.

Informed decisions regarding services like education, employment, healthcare and community development are all made based on answers provided in the Census of Population. The Census of Agriculture, meanwhile, identifies trends and provides factual information on emerging issues, opportunities and challenges within the agricultural community.

More information on the 2016 censuses can be found on the census website at www.census.gc.ca.

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The  program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.   Since the program began, there have been 475 award recipients from across the province.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2016.   Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.

 

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This year’s South Western Ontario Pork Conference boasts an excellent lineup of speakers, including Dr. Gail Cunningham, a food animal veterinarian and epidemiologist. Dr. Cunningham will be discussing the challenges and opportunities around changes to antibiotic uses on farm and antimicrobial resistance during her Feature Presentation on February 17, 2016.

Dr. Cunningham, a technical service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim in Alberta, is a dynamic speaker with a passion for Food, Farm and Family. Dr. Cunningham recently spoke at the Banff Pork Seminar (January 2016), and delivered an excellent presentation on the facts surrounding on farm use of antibiotics, and antimicrobial resistance.

 

The South Western Ontario Pork Conference is designed to be responsive to the grassroots pork industry and its producers. Practical information is presented for producers to manage their farming operations for profitability. In addition to Dr. Cunningham, the program includes a producer profile and a local update, as well as presentations on pest management, record keeping and benchmarking. Opportunities to network with sponsors, producers and other industry representatives are plenty, especially during the trade show and dinner portions of the program.

Conference Schedule:
2:00pm – Registration, Rudy Brown Rural Development Centre
2:00pm – Meet & Greet Sponsors, Rudy Brown Rural Development Centre
4:00pm – Conference Welcome, Agronomy Lecture Theatre 137
4:15pm – Producer Profile (Scott Thom, Thorndale Ontario)
5:00pm – Pest Management (Marcel De Clerk, ATP Pest Management)
5:45pm – Record Keeping & Benchmarking (Dr. Cathy Templeton, South West Ontario Veterinary Services)
6:30pm – Dinner, Willson Dining Room
7:15pm – Local Update, Agronomy Lecture Theatre 137 (Dr. Bill Moore, South West Ontario Veterinary Services)
7:30pm – Feature Speaker – Dr. Gail Cunningham Boehringer Ingelheim Alberta Canada – Antimicrobial Use & Resistance AMU/AMR
9:00pm – Wrap up

Register by February 10, 2016 to take advantage of a reduced registration fee.
Registration fee: $25.00 (includes dinner)
Student Fee: $10.00

Registration after February 10, 2016 or at the door: $40.00

Call 1-866-222-9682 or visit http://www.ridgetownc.com/swopc  for full details and to register. 

 

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