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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

From Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Officer, OMAFRA:

Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops.

Take advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and traceability. These courses will provide you with foundational information to:

  • reduce risks to your business and customers;
  • improve efficiencies; and
  • access new markets.

You can explore the options that best suit your schedule and learning style.

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In-person workshops and webinars

These courses for producers are offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA):

  • Environmental Farm Plan (workshops)
  • Growing Your Farm Profits (workshops)
  • Biosecurity (workshops)
  • Food Safety (workshops and webinars)
  • Traceability (workshops)

To sign up, go to www.ontariosoilcrop.org. In-person workshops will wrap up during March.

Online courses

E-learning courses are available on Agriculture and Food Education website.

For producers:

  • Water Use
  • Worker Practices
  • Maximizing Your Traceability Investment
  • Growing Your Farm Profits
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

For processors:

  • Sanitation
  • Recall
  • Personnel
  • Profiting from Traceability
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

To sign up, go to www.agandfoodeducation.ca.

Recycle your old tires for a great cause

From the Ontario Federation of Agriculture:

Tire Take Back 2017

Start saving up your old tires for the 8th annual Tire Take Back event where you can turn old tires into valuable support for The Sunshine
Foundation of Canada.

From May 23 to June 4, auto recycling locations around the province will donate money for every tire collected during the Tire Take Back
event — organized by the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association
(OARA), Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and supported by Ontario
Federation of Agriculture (OFA). Continue reading Recycle your old tires for a great cause

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!

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

Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food

Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.

This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.

To get the credit, you must: Continue reading Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food

Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries available

Students who are residents of Ontario and registered as a
full-time student at any college or university entering the second, third, fourth or post graduate year of study which relates in some aspect to the processing vegetable industry can apply for the Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries. Apply by October 15. See below for details.
Continue reading Ontario processing vegetable industry bursaries available