A biosecurity and animal disease prevention company based at Guelph, Ontario has announced it’s merging with a U.S.-based company that has developed a facial recognition entry system for barns. Farm Health Guardian Ltd. and NoveTechnologies, LLC (NoveTech) say they have combined forces as of June 5, 2023, and will operate under the Farm Health Guardian… Read More

Farm Health Guardian has announced a strategic partnership with Synthesis Agri-Food Network. The announcement comes on the heels of the company launching its disease mitigation platform for pork and poultry production. For the past decade, Synthesis Agri-Food Network president Rob Hannam has specialized in the agriculture and food sector, and brings that experience and that… Read More

Manitoba farmers are being asked for their opinion and direction on the proposed amalgamation of five provincial commodity groups. After months of meetings between board and staff representatives, the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Corn Growers and Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers published their proposed… Read More

“The silos of agriculture are crumbling, like it or not,” says Eric Fridfinnson, chair of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association — one of five commodity groups in Manitoba that are working toward amalgamating. “It’s a change we’ve all observed over the years,” he continues. “This approach – the approach we’ve been working on – has… Read More

The finding is staggering. A recent IPSOS Reid poll found that certain farms achieve five-times higher return on assets because of one key element. Perhaps more surprising is how accessible this element of a farm business is — it’s a written business plan. That number is impressive, but even more striking is the associated finding that… Read More

What do you want to improve on your farm this spring? As part of TechTour LIVE last month, Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network encouraged farmers to apply “lean” principles to their farm operations. As he explains in the video below, “lean” is a philosophy for reducing loss and waste from a process. There are… Read More

Feedback from last year’s Advanced Farm Management Program was overwhelmingly positive. So much so in fact, that the program has expanded to three different locations in Ontario. This year, Guelph, North Gower and Chatham, Ontario will host the program, giving participants in each location a chance to bring their farm management skills to the next… Read More

Wheat is a crop that is grown around the world.  There is a harvest somewhere in the world every month of the year.  The winds of change have been blowing in the wheat industry with the influx of new breeding and trait development capital from the private sector.  Many insiders are expecting changes to the… Read More

This week I was reading themonthly edition of the Synthesis – Network E-Newsletter and I was intrigued.  Not only was it the first list for what will happen in 2011 in agriculture, but it also was quite good.  In the list Rob Hannam and his team covered sustainability, cattle markets and economic volatiliity.  This is… Read More

 

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