Category Archives: Business Management

Do you have a water contingency plan?

Jennifer Jarvis, OMAFRA

In 2016, many areas of the province saw very warm and dry conditions, creating challenges for horticulture and field crop producers. Many wells were still dry leading into the winter. In other years, like the start of the 2017 growing season, the province experienced periods of excessive rain, leading to saturated soils and flooding.

No one can control the weather, but we can plan for it. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) encourages you to plan for future weather – conserving water and using it efficiently can help during low water conditions, and having effective drainage systems in place can help with saturated soils and runoff. Continue reading Do you have a water contingency plan?

Sarnia-Lambton Bio-Industrial Symposium

Lambton College, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) cordially invites you to attend the inaugural Sarnia-Lambton Bio-Industrial Symposium at the Guildwood Inn in Sarnia, Ontario, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The symposium is a one day event focusing on presentations from local, federal and provincial agricultural representatives, upstream and downstream processing industries, bio chemical and bio material product industries, and also federal, provincial and local funding agencies. Register online (free event). Continue reading Sarnia-Lambton Bio-Industrial Symposium

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation ExcellenceThe agri-food sector has always been innovative in running businesses, adapting practices and collaborating to compete in the world economy. To help spur and to celebrate this innovative spirit, the Government of Ontario created the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program.

Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector? Apply and you could be eligible to receive one of these awards: Continue reading Now accepting applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention presentations now available online

Ontario Fruit & Vegetable ConventionPresentation slides from the 2017 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) are now posted online. Field vegetable content at this year’s OFVC included: Continue reading Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention presentations now available online

Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits

Are you interested in improving your on-farm food safety or formalizing your food safety program? The OSCIA offers free, introductory food safety workshops and webinars to get you started. These workshops are open to all sizes of operations — right down to the smallest farm stand.

While the workshops and webinars are open to all farm commodities, they are aimed at addressing food safety hazards from the horticultural perspective, and — as an introductory level — are most appropriate for those who do not yet have a certified food safety program in place. Continue reading Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits

2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation ExcellenceNow Accepting Applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector?  If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:

  • Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
  • Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
  • Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
  • Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)

Continue reading 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation

REI (re-entry interval) signs available

Danger Do Not Enter Until (REI sign)How do you inform farm workers, scouts and others about the Restricted Entry Interval (REI) of pesticides you use? The REI is the period of time after a pesticide has been applied that workers or anyone else must not do hand labour tasks in that treated area. One way to inform everyone of REIs is to post signs at any entrance into treated areas. In collaboration with government and industry leaders, the Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) has available 2 designs of ready-to-use signs that growers can purchase to inform others to stay out of treated areas. Continue reading REI (re-entry interval) signs available