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Presentations Skills workshop to be offered in Sudbury

Farm & Food Care recently published the newest edition of The Real Dirt on Farming, and with it comes The Real Dirt on Farming Speakers' Bureau training sessions. A course will be held in Sudbury at the Anderson Farm Museum Stable (156 Main Street, Lively) on November 19. Lunch and all workshop materials will be provided.

For farmers and agribusiness people alike, the Speakers' Bureau series of workshops is designed to encourage those involved in agriculture to tell THEIR stories - what they do and why they do it - to non-farming audiences like school groups, service clubs, municipal councils and more. It's a program designed to better equip those interested in engaging more urban audiences, and help them clear up misconceptions about Canadian agriculture. The program sessions run from 10 am to 4:00 pm on the scheduled day, and includes (but is not limited to) a review of Microsoft Power Point slides based on The Real Dirt on Farming; how to customize slides to include your story; speaking and presentation tips and techniques; how to answer the tough questions; and how to find speaking opportunities in your area. Participants will also be provided with copies of the latestReal Dirt on Farming booklet and other related resources. Space is limited to the first 25 participants. There is no cost to participate. Lunch and all workshop materials will be included.

Those interested in registering can email Matt McIntosh at Farm & Food Care: or call the office at(519)-837-1326, extension 235.

Help Canadians get The Real Dirt on Farming. Speak up and tell your farming story. It's important!


excellence2015-16 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students is now Open!
Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the launch of the 2015-16 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students, designed to encourage students to improve their critical thinking, communication and leadership skills through a national competition.  

FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place stands to win $1,500!

The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management.  






Annual General Meeting


Northern Producer Animal Health Network

November 3 - 4 2015

Please book hotel accommodations 30 days ahead which is October 2nd.

The booking number is (705) 647-8282  rooms that are reserved for the Northern Producer Animal Health Network by October 2nd.

We hope that there will be a good representation of our Veterinary Service Committees as we have tried to change things up and to set up an interesting AGM along with an extensive tour.

Please let me the names of the delegates that will be attending.

When travelling please keep your receipts of meals, hotels and flights along with boarding passes so the expense accounts can easily be filled out. Only 2 delegates will have their expenses covered.

Any questions – call Gord Mitchell  (705) 789-2092

Do the bookings and see you on November 2n


Monday November 2nd - A travel day

-          Executive Directors meeting at 730 pm at the Hotel


Tuesday November 3rd – AGM starts at 8:30 am and runs till noon

-          Tour research of small fruit fruits and potatoes; a beef farm: a robotic Milking System; and stop at cheese factory.

-          After dinner speaker – TBA


Wednesday, November 4th – AGM resumes at 8:30 till 1030 am.

-           Visit Beef Research Facility

-          AGM concludes at noon and delegates travel home.                                                


Agricultural Symposium Survey


The West Nipissing Agricultural Task Force (WNATF) Committee is organizing an Agricultural Symposium in March 2016 and is seeking your input. The agricultural symposium will raise awareness of the full sector needs in Northeastern Ontario, cover diverse topics of interest such as the role of agriculture in the local economy, and feature guest speakers, local farmers, and dynamic facilitators for break-out sessions. Please complete the survey to assist us in identifying topics of interest that you would like to see addressed at the symposium. 


The WNATF is governed by a committee made up of sector business owners, key stakeholders and members of the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The role of the WNATF is to increase awareness for the food that is produced in the area and market the advantages of eating locally sourced food. The committee is focused on educating the community at large on the value of shopping and eating locally and how it benefits residents and local business. 


Please complete the following survey and provide your input by November 30, 2015. We appreciate your participation.


Agricultural Symposium Survey link:



Agricultural Symposium Survey


The West Nipissing Agricultural Task Force (WNATF) Committee is organizing an Agricultural Symposium in March 2016 and is seeking your input. The agricultural symposium will raise awareness of the full sector needs in Northeastern Ontario, cover diverse topics of interest such as the role of agriculture in the local economy, and feature guest speakers, local farmers, and dynamic facilitators for break-out sessions. Please complete the survey to assist us in identifying topics of interest that you would like to see addressed at the symposium. 


The WNATF is governed by a committee made up of sector business owners, key stakeholders and members of the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The role of the WNATF is to increase awareness for the food that is produced in the area and market the advantages of eating locally sourced food. The committee is focused on educating the community at large on the value of shopping and eating locally and how it benefits residents and local business. 


Please complete the following survey and provide your input by November 30, 2015. We appreciate your participation.


Agricultural Symposium Survey link:



Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference 2015
*Early bird deadline November 1st*
December 3rd-5th, London
Register on-line

Join over 250 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario for an incredible three days of tours, workshops, and celebration.  You will leave with new ideas, new friends, and new inspiration.  Visit for more information.
The list of presenters joining us is awe-inspiring and plentiful, including:

  • Ken Laing, Owner, Orchard Hill Farm (Keynote)
  • Heather Darby, Agronomic and Soils Specialist, University of Vermont Extension (Plenary)
  • Gary Zimmer, President, Midwestern Bio-Ag
  • John Slack, President and CEO, Boreal Agrominerals Inc.
  • Kathrine Stoeckli, DVM, Bio-Ag
  • Steve Bogash, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension
  • Kim Delaney, Owner, Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds
  • Laura Paine, Program Director, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship 

Look for these workshops (and many more!) at this year’s conference:

  • Grass Finishing Beef Production and Marketing
  • High Tunnel Production of Tomatoes and Cucumbers
  • Low-Till and No-Till Strategies
  • Holistic Livestock Care
  • Heritage Grain Production and Marketing
  • Building a Successful Wholesale Relationship
  • Working with your Soil Geology and Minerals
  • Feeding the Organic Dairy Cow
  • Edible Bean Production and Marketing



Other Events

For Your up to date list of Fall Fairs, click link below:




Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program:  The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is a five-year (2009-2014), $163 million program with the objective of facilitating the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive. Launched as a successor to the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program, CAAP will continue to support industry-led initiatives at the national, regional and multi-regional levels. Regionally the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) will receive $28.1 million over the five years to deliver Ontario’s CAAP funding. CAAP’s goal is to support industry-led approaches and solutions that allow the sector to quickly adapt to changes, respond to emerging issues and capture new opportunities. More information:


Performance Trials Now Available: The Ontario Spring Cereals Performance Trials, the Ontario Hybrid Corn Performance Trials and the Ontario Soybean Variety Trials are now available. Check out their respective websites at and


OntarioForage crop variety brochure: The Ontario Forage Crop Variety Performance 2012 Brochure is now available. Copies will be mailed directly to producers as inserts in the next dairy, beef and sheep magazines. Individuals and agri-business can request hard copies from: David Morris, Secretary, Ontario Forage Crops Committee, and a PDF version of the Brochure can also be viewed and downloaded online at


Farm Equipment on the Highway: The Farm Guide has been developed to provide general information and clarification for the laws that apply to farm equipment and select provisions that apply to farm trucks. Representatives from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and its partners have provided input into the development of the guide to ensure that questions from the farming community have been addressed. This guide is intended to help the farming community better understand their legal obligations under the law. Enforcement officers may also use this guide as a reference.


MarketView available daily: MarketView is a brief daily email commentary of financial news that impacts Ontario’s agriculture sector. It provides a recap of commodity prices and trends, interest rate information and energy prices from a layman’s point of view. The intent is to deliver a brief summary of news from global financial sources which influences agricultural markets.  The commentary is different from most economic information because it is taken from an investor’s perspective, and looks at how financial information may influence their investment decisions, which ultimately lead to movement in commodity market prices. Email Jennifer Stevenson at to subscribe.


Central OntarioAgricultural Conference – 2012: “Building a Better Farm Business” is what organizers of the Central Ontario Agricultural Conference hope farmers will do as a result of attending their upcoming event. Chairman John Miller is convinced 2012 will be an exciting year for livestock producers and field crop growers.  The conference is an opportunity not to be missed.  The planning committee has worked hard to continue to offer a top notch educational program and tradeshow.  There are local, provincial and international speakers that will be of interest to horse, crop, maple syrup, farm fresh, organic, poultry and livestock farmers.  The Central Ontario Agricultural Conference continues to provide the latest information we need to remain competitive and profitable.  The trade show is an important part of the event with about 40 agribusinesses participating.  This is a chance to talk to industry experts one on one. Keynote speakers over the 3 days include John DePutter, Ian Cumming, Dr. Julie Munro and Fred Below.  For a full list of speakers and program on “Building a Better Farm Business” please visit the website at

By pre-registering on line now, participants will enjoy a discounted price of $30.00 per person which includes one day of the conference and a hot meal at noon.  Early registration ends December 31, 2011.  Farmers and agribusiness representatives can find the full conference brochure in the December edition of the Farm View.  This January 4th, 5th, and 6th 2012, attend Central Ontario Agricultural Conference at Georgian College, Barrie Campus.  This conference has been made possible through the dedicated work of a volunteer committee chaired by John Miller of Creemore and many program sponsors and supporters.   We hope to see you there.  For more information, contact:  Connie Brown, 705-726-9300 ext 1224


Rural Ontario Institute Workshops: The Rural Ontario Institute, collaborating with a variety of organizations and trainers, is pleased to offer and promote a number of personal leadership and organizational development workshops over the remaining month of 2011. These workshops are open to individuals and organizations across rural Ontario. Workshop/ course information is available on our website at under the ‘Leadership Training’ tab.

OntarioVolunteer Service Award: Nomination deadline is January 25. Only organizations can enter nominations for the Volunteer Service Awards. Any organization that has been providing service for five years or more can nominate up to seven volunteers. Nominations are eligible from organizations such as: Not-for-profit and non-profit organizations and associations, Co-operatives, Boards and commissions, Businesses, Government ministries that recruit volunteers, Arts, educational and correctional institutions and schools ,Municipalities, Long-term care homes and hospitals. Here is the link to the website:




Programs and Resources

Programs and Resources



Know Your Regional Economy Better with Foundations for Regional Economic Analysis training

For economic development to be effective, a clear understanding of the existing economy is needed. Having access to data such as previous and current economic performance, the evolution of the area’s industries, background on economic trends, and the potential challenges that may lie ahead is critical.


To support economic development planning and projects with current and accurate data, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (MRA), makes available the web-based tool Analyst. Analyst provides easy to use data on regional economies and workforces.  It was developed to help economic development organizations better understand their region so they can make informed decisions about how to build stronger economies.


To help enhance the ability of economic development organizations to access and use statistical data, OMAF and MRA in partnership with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, is offering Foundations for Regional Economic Analysis training.


Each session will consist of afull-day classroom style training, and an optional half-day hands on training with Analyst. The topics that will be covered in the full-day training include:


1. Using data sources, traditional and new

2. Exploring economic specialization

3. Identifying traded and locally-serving industries

4. Identifying comparative advantages

5. Undertaking labour market analysis


Five sessions are being offered at this time. Locations include:

1. John Bradley Convention Centre, Chatham, April 15-16

2. St. Lawrence College, Brockville, May 7-8

3. Laboratory Services University of Guelph, Guelph, May 28-29

4. Fort Frances Public Library, Fort Frances, June 10-11

5. Contact North, Sudbury, June 24-25


For more information and to register, please visit:


Funding Program Intake Dates


The Local Food Fund is a three-year initiative with funding of up to $10 million per year to support innovative local food projects that reduce barriers to regional economic development; result in sustainable regional economic development; and have a positive impact on the Ontario economy. For more information please visit:


  • Current In-Take:         March 1 – April 30


The Rural Economic Development (RED) Program has up to $4.5 million funding per year to help rural communities’ development and promote economic growth to support sustainable rural economies and regions, while developing the capacity, tools and flexibility they need to become stronger, more prosperous communities. For more information please visit:


  • Current In-Take:         March 1 – April 30


Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a comprehensive federal-provincial-territorial framework aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and agri-product businesses, organizations and collaborations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks. For more information, please visit:


·         In-Take Periods:         Producers:      Capacity Building Stream - ongoing

Implementation Stream – April 1 – May 1


                                                Processors:     Capacity Building Stream – ongoing

                                                                        Implementation Stream – February 4 – May 1


                                                Collaborations: Capacity Building Stream – ongoing

                                                                        Implementation Stream – January 31 – March 14



How to Prepare For and Respond to a Product Recall, Wayne Du, On-Farm Food Safety Specialist - OMAF and MRA


Although producers do everything they can to ensure safe quality products, recalls can and do occur. Being prepared for a recall will help save your time, overall costs to your business and most importantly it will ensure the safety of consumers. 


Having an effective recall system  is essential to removing contaminated food products from the supply chain quickly and preventing foodborne illness. Are you ready to conduct a product recall? Here are some helpful tips. 


Preparing for a recall:

•       Identify and record contact information for local regulatory authorities, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), your suppliers/buyers, commodity organizations and emergency personnel and veterinarians.

•       Have the production information and supporting records organized and handy. .

•       Perform a mock recall to test the effectiveness of your recall system.

•       Ensure 100% of affected product can be recalled in 48 hours.


Responding to a recall:

If a problem has been identified within your operation or with your product, and a recall needs to be initiated, notify the CFIA immediately with the following information:

•       A detailed description of the nature of the problem.

•       Details of complaints received and any illnesses reported.

•       The name or brand of the product, product description and quantity and lot number(s) of the product affected.

•       Label(s) of the product(s).

•       Distribution of the product.

•       Dates of the product distributed.

•       Contact information of your operation’s recall coordinator for both working and off - working hours.

Notify your buyers and other relevant parties of the situation immediately.


For more information on product recall, refer to “Food Recall and Emergency Response” on the CFIA website or attend our free online workshops on recall. Visit us at: or call:

1-877-424-1300 for workshop information.


Investing in Strong, Prosperous Aboriginal Communities

Ontario is continuing to support local projects that create jobs and promote economic development opportunities in First Nation communities. Through the New Relationship Fund (NRF), Ontario is supporting First Nations, Métis communities and Aboriginal organizations as they build consultation capacity, industry partnerships and engage in sustainable economic development. NRF projects help Aboriginal communities hire staff, host industry meetings, draft business plans and develop important business tools. This helps create more opportunities for jobs and helps build relationships among Aboriginal people, government and industry.


Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


Quick Facts

•       Originally announced as a four-year commitment in 2008, Ontario will continue to invest in the New Relationship Fund on an ongoing basis, given the success of the program.

•       Ontario is increasing the amount available for core-consultation capacity projects from a maximum of $80,000 per year to $90,000 per year.

•       Over the past five years, the New Relationship Fund has created more than 540 jobs across Ontario and provided skills training to thousands of Aboriginal people.

•       The fund has supported more than 500 projects undertaken by 193 First Nation and Métis communities and organizations.


Carbon footprints to Forests: You will soon have local way to help combat greenhouse gases

Many people are concerned about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases they put into the air through the day-to-day use of their cars or trucks, the fuel and electricity they use to heat and run their house, or their travel by plane. Local citizens now have a way to compensate for that carbon footprint by donating to local tree planting through a new website.


The Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield conservation authorities are launching a new website at This new and easy way to make a difference is the key action of the Carbon Footprints to Forests program, created with the financial support of the County of Huron.


The project partners are holding an online web conference and telephone conference on Thursday, February 20, 2014 starting at 12:45 p.m. They will unveil the new website at that time. The public is invited to a short launch ceremony at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office at 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter. People can also conserve greenhouse gases and stay at home or their office and connect to the announcement event by telephone or computer.


Interested people located near the launch event are invited to attend in person. Those people who would like to connect by phone and computer can get log-in details at 519-235-2610, toll-free

1-888-286-2610 or e-mail


Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors

A new regulation under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor. The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014, allowing workplace parties time to prepare.


Learn more about the regulation, training requirements, and our free suite of training resources go to


Newcomer Champion Awards

The Ontario Newcomer Champion Award recognizes individuals and groups who celebrate and promote cultural heritage, foster an understanding of Ontario’s cultural diversity and assist newcomers to successfully settle and integrate in their community and province. By building social and civic inclusive communities that promote value and diversity, we make Ontario a better place to live and settle.

The awards include the following three categories:

•       Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity – Recognizes outstanding nominees who embrace inclusion and celebrate the rich dimensions of Ontario’s diversity.

•       Promoting Cultural Heritage – Recognizes nominees’ contributions within a community to preserve the legacy and tradition of an ethnic group’s cultural heritage.

•       Integration of Immigrants – Recognizes nominees whose actions helped to welcome and integrate newcomers into communities across Ontario.

For more information please go to:


New Funding to Improve On-farm Wetlands and Streams in Nottawasaga Valley

Local farmers looking to improve streams and wetlands on their property are encouraged to apply for grants under the new Water’s Edge Transformation (WET) Program. The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) are teaming up to deliver the program to benefit farmers in the Nottawasaga Valley watershed.


“We’ve seen through programs like the Environmental Farm Plan that farmers in our watershed are committed to environmental stewardship,” said Shannon Stephens of the NVCA. “These additional funds will help farmers continue to put stewardship projects into practices that improve our sensitive streams and wetlands.”


Grants are available for a wide range of streamside projects, including fencing livestock from streams and wetlands, tree planting, installing eaves troughs on barns to divert water from livestock yards, and stream rehabilitation to reduce erosion.


“The WET Program offers more than just funding for environmental projects,” said Stephens. “Farmers get free, one-on-one advice from a local watershed specialist, ensuring their projects will use the best management practices currently available.”


Farmers applying for WET Program funding may combine multiple projects into one application. Applications for WET Program funding are being accepted until March 31, with projects to be completed by December 15, 2014.


The WET Program is one of several that offer grants to farmers looking to improve streams, wetlands or ponds on their property. The NVCA continues to welcome grant applications from famers and horse-owners with property in the Innisfil subwater shed, including land along the Beeton and Innisfil creeks. Grants under the Innisfil Creek Phosphorus Runoff Reduction Program may cover up to 90% of project costs, up to a maximum of $70,000 per project. Eligible projects include manure storage and collection systems, fencing livestock from streams, and other projects that help reduce phosphorus runoff to creeks.


Similarly, the Healthy Waters Grant Incentive Program provides landowners and community groups with funding and technical assistance for many types of environmental projects.


For more information on the WET Program contact Brad Carberry at OSCIA at 226-979-2465 or look under the program section of the OSCIA website, For details on any of NVCA’s landowner grants, including the WET Program, contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext. 239 or visit


Excellence Award for Agriculture Students Now Open

Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) have joined forces to offer an award designed to encourage students to improve their communication and leadership skills through a national video competition. FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with $1,000 towards furthering their education in agriculture. The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management. Students are asked to submit videos, responding to the following questions: What key skills has your educational institution taught you about farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important?


Applications must be received no later than May 9, 2014. For more information, please visit:






Follow Us on Twitter

Name                          Specialty                                            Twitter Handle

OMAF and MRA         Agriculture, Food, Rural Affairs          @atOMAFRA

Foodland Ontario        Local Food                                          @FoodlandOnt

OMAF Field Crops      Crops                                                  @onfieldcrops

OMAF Hort Update    Horticulture                                         @onhortcrops

OMAF Swine Team    Swine                                                  @ONswineinfo

Joel Bagg                    Forage                                                 @JoelBagg

Tracey Baute              Entomology                                         @TraceyBaute

Christine Brown          Nutrient Management                         @manuregirl

Mike Cowbrough        Weeds                                                 @Cowbrough

Brian Hall                    Edible Beans                                       @Brian_Hall_Ont

Peter Johnson             Cereals                                                @WheatPete

Jack Kyle                    Pasture                                                @JackKyle5

Gilles Quesnel             Pest Management                              @GillesQuesnel

Ian McDonald             Applied Research                               @ian_d_mcdonald

Barry Potter                Beef, Dairy, Sheep                             @LivestockPotter

Christoph Wand          Beef and Sheep Nutritionist                @CtophWand

Tom Wright                 Dairy Cattle Nutritionist                       @feedlandontario




Follow OMAFRA On Twitter and

Current field crop information as it happens


Name                          Specialty                                Twitter Handle

Joel Bagg                    Forage                                     @JoelBagg

Tracey Baute              Entomology                             @TraceyBaute

Christine Brown          Nutrient Management             @manuregirl

Mike Cowbrough        Weeds                                     @Cowbrough

Brian Hall                    Edible Beans                           @Brian_Hall_Ont

Peter Johnson             Cereals                                   @WheatPete

Jack Kyle                    Pasture                                   @JackKyle5

Gilles Quesnel             Pest Management                 @GillesQuesnel

Ian McDonald             Applied Research                   @ian_d_mcdonald

Field Crops               @onfieldcrops





For a complete list of OMAFRA newsletters, visit:


CeptorAnimal Health News


OMAFRA Environmental Management Newsletter


OMAFRA Agricultural Business Update




OMAFRA Horse News and Views


OMAFRA Virtual Beef click on OMAFRA Virtual Beef


Crop Talk


OMAFRA’s Regular Field Crop Reports






Foodland Ontario


Information on Harmonized Sales Tax for Ontario’s Farmers


Young and New Workers: Are Yours Ready?


Eat Local Food Page Ontario


Vegetable Newsletter





OMAFRA Connects is provided with the intent to keep you informed of upcoming workshops, meetings, programs and resources in your community. You are welcome to share this with colleagues and other producers. If you know someone who is interested in receiving OMAFRA Connects or if you would like to receive a copy directly, please contact us.We would be happy to add you to our e-mail distribution group. Please note that the target publication date of OMAFRA Connects will be the first Friday of each month. Submissions and requests to subscribe/unsubscribe may be forwarded to:


Northern Ontario Regional Office - Phone: 1-800-461-6132 Fax: 705-594-9675

Regional Manager – North Region: Mary Ellen Norry Car

Regional Livestock Specialist: Barry Potter

Agricultural Business Management Specialist: Julie Poirier Mensinga




Food Safety and Traceability Initiative

The application intake date for 2011 will be announced soon.  As soon as it is available, the information will be posted on the ministry website and ag-organizations will receive notification. 

In preparation, those interested can review the 2010 FSTI guidebook on the ministry website – the 2011 guidebook will be posted soon.  You can also secure your Premises Identification number as Premises Identification is an eligibility requirement for FSTI cost-share funding.  Information on Premises Identification is included on the ministry website at

FSTI information sessions provide excellent information to applicants and are an eligibility requirement for applications under FSTI ‘Option 1’.  Sessions will be held over the coming weeks – dates and times to be posted soon. If you attended a session in a previous year, you do not need to attend again.

As always, information will be available in the Growing Forward section of the ministry website, by calling 1-888-479-3931, or by e-mail at .

Funding Opportunity: Broader Public Sector Investment Fund - Deadline February 15!

More local food will soon be available in the cafeterias of hospitals, schools and other public institutions.

The Broader Public Sector Investment Fund will help connect farmers, food processors, and distributors with schools, hospitals, and municipalities to increase the amount of Ontario food purchased by the broader public sector. This will help support Ontario farmers and the agri-food industry.

The initiative includes funds for local projects that encourage business between institutions and farmers.

The fund will be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, a sister organization of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Letters of intent will be accepted until February 15, 2011. Learn more about the fund and out how to apply by visiting


Agricorp: New Excess rainfall coverage for hay and haylage

For more information, visit:

Government Changes Tax Classification for Farm Bunkhouses
Ontario is changing the farm bunkhouses property tax classification from residential to farm beginning January 1, 2011. Farmers with residences that house temporary workers will pay the farm property tax rate, which is 75 per cent lower than the residential rate. Farmers work hard to provide Ontario families with healthy, fresh food. This change will help strengthen the agricultural industry, and support the Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's economy.
• Bunkhouses are dwellings on farms that house workers on a temporary or seasonal basis.
• Farm properties are assessed by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation based on farmer-to-farmer sales of farmland and are taxed at 25% of the residential rate.
Learn More
Property Assessment and Classification Review - Farms
Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

McGuinty Government Clamps Down on Unfair Practices by Energy Retailers
Ontario is protecting electricity and natural gas consumers with new rules that put an end to unfair practices by some energy retailers.
The new rules will help ensure that Ontarians receive accurate information from all energy retailers before they sign contracts.




Growing Forward- Business Development

If you are interested in a Growing Your Farm Profits workshop, please contact Claire Venne at 705-594-9194 or  Workshops will be scheduled based on demand.

Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


Governance Workshops
The Rural Ontario Institute, in collaboration with STRIVE! is offering a number of Governance workshops during 2011.  Visit


Career Focus Program
At AAFC, the Career Focus Program will contribute $864,000 annually to projects that employ recent graduates in agriculture, agri-food, agri-food science and veterinary medicine. Each project will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 in matching funds. The program will help create some 80 agricultural internships for graduates across the country. Each internship may last up to 12 months. The minimum duration is four months, but internships must last long enough to provide meaningful experience to the employee.  1-866-452-5558