The Ontario government is committing $1.2 million in agri-food research funding for projects related to bioproducts, waste reduction, and recycling technologies. Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, the government is funding research to develop and market biodegradable and/or compostable straws made from natural fibre using Ontario-grown miscanthus grass and corn stover. It is anticipated the material… Read More

When it comes to growing hemp, one of the more top-of-mind risks for producers is crop establishment — how do I grow this crop, and what on earth do I do when it comes to harvesting it? Jeff Kostuik, director of operations in central Canada and the U.S.for Hemp Genetics International (HGI), says that hemp… Read More

Sylvite, with five agri-retail locations throughout Ontario, has reached an agreement with The Andersons, Inc., — the owners of Thompsons Limited, to buy Thompsons’ agronomy business. According to Thompsons, the agreement comes after a 35 year working relationship with Sylvite. The details of the agreement are still being finalized, and the sale is expected to… Read More

Eastern Ontario’s Port of Johnstown will see a $10.4 million infrastructure renewal and expansion to capitalize on growing and emerging markets for Canadian soybean, wheat and corn, and relieve inefficiencies and bottlenecks currently experienced at the port. The federal government will foot $4.8 million of the bill through the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to… Read More

Ontario’s minister of agriculture is asking — again — that the federal government move on with resolving large-scale trade issues with China, and that the feds provide compensation for the meat sector in the meantime. Following up on a request made in early July and post-federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) meeting of agriculture ministers at Quebec City, Minister… Read More

The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) have announced Richard Horne as its new executive director, effective July 22, 2019. Horne most recently served as manager of policy and issues for the producer group, a role he’s held since 2014. Horne replaces Dave Stewart, who will remain employed by BFO in an advisory capacity until August… Read More