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The Southwest Agricultural Conference, Guelph and Eastern Ontario Crop Conferences have banded together to create one, online conference to serve the Ontario agriculture industry in 2021. The combined Ontario Agricultural Conference will be held on January 6th and 7th, 2021, with the theme of Coming Together. The Ontario Agricultural Conference will offer live, interactive sessions on each of the conference…
The Southwest Agricultural Conference, Guelph and Eastern Ontario Crop Conferences have banded together to create one, online conference to serve the Ontario agriculture industry in 2021.
The combined Ontario Agricultural Conference will be held on January 6th and 7th, 2021, with the theme of Coming Together.
The Ontario Agricultural Conference will offer live, interactive sessions on each of the conference dates, along with multiple recorded sessions available beginning January 6th and going forward.
A virtual exhibit hall will allow attendees to engage with conference sponsors, attendees can join live sessions, ask questions, and hear the latest from agricultural experts on current topics. Organizers say that attendees will also be able to set their own schedule when viewing recorded sessions.
The event will host a diverse line up of speakers, presenting over 30 agricultural topics covering timely information for Ontario agriculture, according to the organizers.
More information will become available in the coming months and can be found at www.southwestagconference.ca.
Online purchases of crop inputs are growing faster-than-expected, says the company with the world’s largest network of bricks-and-mortar crop input retail locations. Nutrien says total sales through its e-commerce platform…
Online purchases of crop inputs are growing faster-than-expected, says the company with the world’s largest network of bricks-and-mortar crop input retail locations.
Nutrien says total sales through its e-commerce platform surpassed $700 million in the first six months of 2020, exceeding the company’s target of $500 million for the entire year.
“Our digital platform continues to exceed expectations. We now expect to reach $1 billion in online orders by the end of the year and are introducing new data-driven offerings to help farmers make quicker and more informed decisions for their business,” noted Chuck Magro, Nutrien’s president and CEO, in the company’s second quarter earnings report, published on Monday.
Back in May, the company said online sales had exceeded $170 million in the U.S. in the first quarter, up from $3 million during the same timeframe in 2019.
For products that were available online for North American farmers, 45 per cent of Nutrien’s second quarter sales of those products were made online, says the company.
However, Nutrien does not say to what extent COVID-19 mitigation measures may have influenced higher online sales, as in-person visits to retail locations were limited or discouraged.
The company also doesn’t say how it defines a digital sale versus a non-digital sale, and how many of the online orders were entered by customers versus employees on behalf of a customer.
Nutrien, formed through the merger of Agrium and PotashCorp in 2018, reported net earnings of $765 million in the second quarter, led by record retail earnings (EBIDTA), which were up 20 per cent year-over-year for the first six months of the year.
Nutrien’s earnings update comes a week after Farmers Business Network — a competitor in the online crop input market — announced it had completed a $250 million round of investment funding.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs says it has reached a decision regarding a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request that drew plenty of attention in the…
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs says it has reached a decision regarding a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request that drew plenty of attention in the farm community. OMAFRA says it will not release the FBR numbers but will release the names of those who hold said numbers, expect in a few circumstances where individuals indicated they could release both the name and corresponding number.
In late June, nearly 500 farms and farm businesses received a letter detailing an FOI request related to Farm Business Registration (FBR) numbers that asked for a list of all names and FBR numbers from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
In a strange twist, the Privacy Act deems names not “personal” information. In a letter that was sent to those who responded to the original request, OMAFRA states:
Under the Act, information has to first be ‘personal information’ before the applicable exemption, section 21 – Personal privacy, can be considered. The Act defines personal information in section 2(1) as “identifiable information about an individual…”. In section 2(3), the Act further states that personal information does not include business identifying information, namely “the name, title, contact information or designation of an individual that identifies the individual in a business, professional or official capacity” and further clarifies in section 2(4) that business identifying information “applies even if an individual carries out business, professional or official responsibilities from their home or dwelling, and the contact information for the individual relates to that dwelling”. For this reason, the Ministry is unable to apply section 21 to the business information in the record.
In a statement sent to RealAgriculture on August 10, a representative of OMAFRA says the following:
“We understand there have been concerns raised related to the Freedom of Information request for farm business names and registration numbers.
The government has an obligation to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act), which grants the general right of access to government-held information, subject to specific exemptions. After consulting with a sample of farm businesses and carefully reviewing their feedback, the ministry has determined that specific exemptions apply to the Farm Business Number. As such, the ministry has decided to withhold that part of the requested information, except where expressed consent was given to provide it to the requestor.
The Act provides that a person who received a notice may appeal the decision to the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office within 30 days after the notice is given. Should an appeal be filed, no information would be released until directed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Appeals are made by contacting the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office directly https://www.ipc.on.ca/access-individuals/filing-an-appeal.”
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