Mink farms are a major target of animal activists.

Activist acquittal could set precedent

Ruling won't have any bearing on charges under new trespass act

Reading Time: 4 minutes Animal activist Malcolm Klimowicz celebrated his criminal charge acquittal with an almost-18-minute video on Facebook. "The fur industry has attempted to punish me for publicizing the rampant animal cruelty I witnessed inside their facilities but now their baseless accusations and plans to make an example of me has backfired," said Klimowicz. Why it matters: The […] Read more

Screenshot from a video by P+P Optica for its Smart Imaging System for meat quality assessment.

Province to fund worker safety, automation tech

The pandemic created risk where workers had to be close together

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario is investing $22 million to try to spark sector-specific innovation, especially related to worker safety. The Agri-Tech Innovation Program is a cost-share initiative spurring large and small farm operations and processors to adopt innovative and new technologies to increase the health and safety of workers and increase efficiencies and productivity. Why it matters: The […] Read more

The number of meetings has dramatically increased for professionals in agriculture, as no-travel discussions have become so easy.

Agriculture workplaces grapple with change

Flexible hybrid work options and managing a return to face-to-face interactions top the trends

Reading Time: 4 minutes A worldwide pandemic, technology and the ability to adapt on the fly have catapulted agriculture-based business into a new hybrid dimension that will likely continue. In rapid succession, the agriculture workplace landscape morphed from a hands-on, in-person machine to one of virtual meetings, touchless billing and payment systems and greater demand for accessible and reliable […] Read more

Waneta treated with Gibberellic Acid (GA) shows strong, uniform early emergency on the left compared to the control on the right during the WD Potato Ltd. GA trials in 2020.

Treatment could manage chipping potato size

Gibberellic Acid could be a solution to using potato varieties too large for chipping

Reading Time: 3 minutes Potato growers know that size, consistency and uniformity matter to the bottom line and non-marketable potatoes at harvest can chip away at profitability.  Take the Waneta potato; a good chipper variety appreciated by growers but panned by some processors due to its larger size.  In 2020, Mark VanOostrum, supply manager at WD Potato Limited, along […] Read more

Sixty-five per cent of consumers say their behaviours and preferences for shopping and services like grocery have changed.

Shifting consumer expectations could be a challenge post-COVID

The pandemic hit the fast-forward button on trends already in progress

Reading Time: 3 minutes The pandemic ushered in technological, social and economic change for most Canadians, but did it change trends? “(It’s) simply an acceleration of trends we were already seeing, it’s not going to fundamentally transform our world,” said David Coletto, Abacus Data CEO at the annual meeting of Farm and Food Care Ontario. “But, perhaps, fast-forward us […] Read more


COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

COVID-19 PPE supplies challenge farms

OFA survey shows some farmers concerned about PPE availability

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) survey showed some farmers and farm businesses are struggling to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet COVID-19 safety protocols.  The OFA’s small-scale Agricultural Personal Protective Equipment Survey (APPES) of 498 members showed 16 per cent of respondents were concerned a lack of PPE would see them closing […] Read more

A rendering of what a new pork research barn at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station could look like.

Pork research barn nears building stage

Ontario Pork board approves funds to add five observation rooms to design

Reading Time: 3 minutes Construction of the new Ontario Swine Research Centre (OSRC) is about to begin. “This is another major step forward in our industry’s commitment to innovation,” said John de Bruyn, Ontario Pork’s new chair at the organization’s annual meeting.  “Investment in this new research facility will help maintain the competitiveness of our Ontario pork industry.” Why […] Read more

Sandi Brock in her sheep barn.

Brock and Nairn named 2021 Food and Farming Champions

Farmer and OFA rep lauded for their communication about agriculture with the public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated Farm and Food Care Ontario (FFCO) recognized Sandi Brock and Paul Nairn as its 2021 Food and Farming Champions. “This is truly an honour. To be nominated by peers is truly amazing and I, for once in my life, I’m a bit speechless,” said Brock. Why it matters: Farm and Food Care’s annual award […] Read more


Animal activists claiming a win as criminal case acquitted

Animal activists claiming a win as criminal case acquitted

Charge stemmed from breaking and entering a fur-bearing animal pen in Frontenac Township

Reading Time: 3 minutes Animal activist Malcolm Klimowicz celebrated his criminal charge acquittal with a triumphant almost 18-minute video on Facebook.  “The fur industry has attempted to punish me for publicizing the rampant animal cruelty I witnessed inside their facilities but now their baseless accusations and plans to make an example of me has backfired,” said Klimowicz.  “The judge's […] Read more

Cargill’s London facility processes 100,000 chickens daily.

COVID outbreak closes Cargill chicken processing plant

Eighty-two workers test positive, all employees encouraged to get tested

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Cargill chicken processing facility in London abruptly ceased production on April 13 after 82 workers tested positive for COVID-19.  The number of COVID-19 positives at the Cuddy Boulevard facility marks a steep increase from the nine reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit the week before.  “Our focus is on continuing to keep our employees […] Read more