Can Ontario winter wheat growers mix ammonium thiosulphate (ATS) with herbicides and fungicides to address sulphur deficiency symptoms or should they apply it separately with streamer nozzles? That’s a question Mike Cowbrough and Joanna Follings wanted to answer with 2018 research plots. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist and cereals…
The construction of a new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre just got a boost in funding thanks to AGRIS Co-operative. The new building will be located at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus. The proposed centre will have a focus on sustainable cropping priorities for Ontario producers and will feature state-of-the-art research suites, laboratories, seed storage units, and research offices.…
The construction of a new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre just got a boost in funding thanks to AGRIS Co-operative. The new building will be located at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus.
The proposed centre will have a focus on sustainable cropping priorities for Ontario producers and will feature state-of-the-art research suites, laboratories, seed storage units, and research offices. Projects undertaken at the centre will work to keep Ontario agriculture globally competitive, and topics explored at the centre will vary from production systems, best management practices, crop evaluation, agronomic strategies, trait development, nutrient management, land usage, resource and energy application, variety development, and evaluation and plant breeding.
When complete, it will also be a learning centre for agricultural students in diploma, master’s, and Ph.D. programs.
“AGRIS Co-operative has a long association with the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and we are proud to help support the construction of this new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre.”
-John Nooyen, AGRIS Co-operative board president.
“This new Crop Research and Innovation Centre will not only be of tremendous benefit to the students and faculty of the Ridgetown Campus, but also to producers in southwest Ontario and across Canada, providing them with valuable agronomic information.”
-Jim Campbell, AGRIS Co-operative general manager.
On day two of the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference being held at Regina, Sask, provincial agriculture minister David Marit, announced more than $5.5 million will be going towards 34 livestock and…
On day two of the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference being held at Regina, Sask, provincial agriculture minister David Marit, announced more than $5.5 million will be going towards 34 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and the Strategic Field Program (SFP).
Both programs are supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.
“By funding research here in Saskatchewan, we’re not only committing to the biosciences sector, we’re investing in the future of our producers and agribusinesses,” Marit says. “ADF support is granted to projects that focus on areas of concern to Saskatchewan producers, and by supporting this research we’re investing in the future of our industry.”
Although not at the event, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay says, “This funding will allow for vital advancements in agricultural research that will support new discoveries in our livestock and forage industries that will benefit farmers, producers, and agribusinesses in Saskatchewan and all across the country.”
Research funding from ADF, is awarded on a competitive basis and will go towards projects that create future growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of the industry. Past projects that have been funded by ADF include:
- Enhancements to biosecurity,
- Improved vaccines, and
- Breeding forage varieties specific to Saskatchewan conditions
This year, projects supported will examine a variety of areas of interest to producers, including: developing enhanced biosecurity and animal welfare measures for livestock in transit by improving the design of the trailers they are transported in, determining if ear-tip necrosis in pigs is an infectious disease, and monitoring post-fire recovery of forages on native grasslands.
Under the SFP, funding is available for field level demonstrations along with the evaluation of targeted practices and technologies, which will support extension delivery while advancing the objectives of the industry. According to the release, the initial project supported under this program will be confirming guidelines for beef cattle consumption of sulphate in drinking water. The research is being conducted at the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).
“This project is exactly the type of work the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is designed to support – tackling the challenges of the agriculture sector,” says Kris Ringwall, director of LFCE. “The research will provide clear and meaningful results that are science-based. Livestock producers, by incorporating the new guidelines into their operations, will be expanding their management options and, in turn, increasing the livestock sector’s revenue.”
In addition to funds committed by the federal and provincial governments, the ADF program is also supported by industry groups and other organizations. Livestock and forage projects are also receiving more than $320,000 in funding from the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board, Alberta Beef Producers, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission.
Merck has acquired Antelliq, the parent company of Allflex, maker and distributor of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring products. All outstanding shares of the company were acquired for approximately 2.1…
Merck has acquired Antelliq, the parent company of Allflex, maker and distributor of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring products.
All outstanding shares of the company were acquired for approximately 2.1 billion Euros, the company says. Merck will also assume Atelliq’s debt of 1.15 billion euros, which it intends to repay shortly after the deal is closed. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
“Antelliq’s people and products complement (the Merck Animal Health) portfolio by adding market-leading digital products, extending the range of solutions we can provide our customers, and further driving the growth of our business,” says Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer for Merck.
Merck Animal Health is an animal health business, offering pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other value-added technologies and services for livestock producers. Merck sees an increasing use of digital technology in animal agriculture, driven by the growing demand for protein, food traceability and food safety.
In a 12-month period ending September, 2018, Antelliq’s ear tag and monitoring solutions for dairy cattle brought in 360 million euros in sales.
“Merck has a strong and growing animal health business, and we are delighted that our superior offering of technology, products and services, as well as our global relationships, together with Merck, will bring additional value to our customers,” says Stefan Weiskopf, DVM, chief executive officer, Antelliq.
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