Late last month,  the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), released their mid-year inventory report. In a couple of weeks, the Canadian numbers will come out as well, which will give us the opportunity to reflect and compare. Ahead of the CanFax report, Anne Wasko, of the Gateway Livestock Exchange shares in this Beef Market… Read More

It’s been 10 years since Farm & Food Care Ontario hosted its first Breakfast on the Farm. Over the past decade, an estimated 30,000 people have attended the events at farms across Ontario with many visiting a farm for the first time to learn about where their food comes from and how it’s produced. On… Read More

The Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) board has announced that license fees, sometimes called the check-off, will increase from $1.80 to $2.20, plus applicable taxes, per live animal sale effective October 1, 2023. The increase in fee is the first in 13 years. OSF says the change is important for “the future success of the organization,”… Read More

The Government of Ontario is launching a new round of the Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative, with support of the federal government’s Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) program. The $10 million program will provide funding to eligible free-standing meat plants and abattoirs to make short-term investments in meat handling and processing equipment, technologies, and practices that… Read More

It’s been over four years since the federal government changed the rules regarding accessing antibiotic and antimicrobial products for livestock use.  A key change to antimicrobial access was the move to requiring that any livestock producer seeking antibiotic products must have a vet-client-patient relationship (VCPR). It also meant that many common medications were removed from… Read More

Some technology is adopted because it becomes the only real option — like needing an email address or running tractors instead of horses. But plenty of technology is a “nice to have” not “need to have” and the defining line between the two usually hinges on the return on investment (ROI). In farming, ROI can… Read More

Ontario will be home to the first of three new Living Laboratory initiatives beginning this year. Led by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Ontario living lab project will receive up to $9.2 million over five years from the federal government under the Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) – Living Labs program. This living lab… Read More

The U.K. received the okay from Canada to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on Saturday and typically pro-trade industry groups are voicing their deep disappointment in Canada’s decision to allow it. The Canadian Meat Council (CMC), Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), and the CanadianPork Council (CPC) released a joint statement following… Read More

The meeting of food production and solar power off the same acre has a name — agrivoltaics. It’s both a new term and a new concept, still in the beginning stages of an industry in Canada. While new, early adopters and research alike point to some real benefits of marrying power and food production, contrary… Read More

 

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