The Crop Load Vision uses the LIDAR camera on an iPad or cell phone to scan and record colour, size and quality of apples and tender fruit on trees as part of a new Harvest Quality Vision enhancement tool.

CropTracker aims to improve pre-harvest fruit production

Ontario apple and tender fruit growers are part of two-year beta testing for technology

Reading Time: 4 minutes A picture is worth a thousand words but each image taken in a Crop Load Vision beta test could be worth $1,000. CropTracker Inc., a Kingston agriculture technology company, is developing a new artificial intelligence enhancement for Harvest Quality Vision by bringing its scanning ability into the orchard.  The technology allows growers to scan unharvested […] Read more

Scotlynn SweetPac Growers and owner charged with 20 workplace violations

Scotlynn SweetPac Growers and owner charged with 20 workplace violations

This is the first time charges related to a COVID-19 outbreak have been laid

Reading Time: 3 minutes Scotlynn SweetPac Growers Inc. and owner Scott Biddle face charges following Ontario’s Ministry of Labour investigation.  The Ontario Ministry of Labour laid 20 charges against the company and Biddle relating to a COVID-19 outbreak in May 2020 where 199 workers tested positive for COVID-19 and Juan Lopez Chaparro, a 55-year-old father of four, died. In […] Read more

Mark Reusser, OFA vice-president, Mike Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga, Camille, Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental health Association, Ontario, and Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, were on hand at Herrie’s Country Farm Market to announce a further $385,000 investment from the province for In the Know, an ag-based mental health program.

Province increases funding for farming mental health

Reading Time: 2 minutes People ‘In the Know’ applauded the Ontario government’s increased financial support for the agriculture-based mental health program. Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), announced more than $385, 000 in funding to expand the ag-based mental health literacy program ‘In the Know,’ improving the program’s reach and quality.  “I think it’s […] Read more

Peter Hallman, of Kitchener, Ont., sits through Pop A Tart’s cat-like buck during the saddlebronc performance at the Orangeville Rodeo. Hallman walked away with the audience’s applause, but Pop A Tart took home the best buck in the show.

PHOTOS: Rodeo barrels back in use

Reading Time: 2 minutes With his trademark smile, showman Ross Millar engaged the capacity crowd at the Orangeville Rodeo grounds on Aug 29. “Welcome back, Orangeville. We missed you!” The response was deafening with hands clapping, feet stomping and piercing whistles competing against hollers and ‘yee haws.’  “It really didn’t feel like we missed a day,” said Millar. Rodeos […] Read more

Ken Forth, president of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services, said the federal government lacked planning by pulling funding to quarantine workers before the end of the growing season.

Feds halt funds to offset TFW quarantine costs

Agriculture organizations wanted extension to end of season

Reading Time: 3 minutes Producers will bear the total cost of quarantining temporary foreign workers (TFWs) and seasonal workers in Ontario after Aug. 31. “As long as the quarantine act is in place, we expected the funding to be in place,” said Bill George, chair of the Ontario Fruits and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). “And it’s going to affect […] Read more

A project aims to create alfalfa management tools after creating a database tying management to crop performance.

Data project could drive new forage tools

Alfalfa hasn’t had the data tied to best management practices that has benefited row crop growers

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new initiative designed to improve alfalfa producers’ access to precision management tools could boost the crop’s popularity and increase production, industry officials say.  Data collection has started for two new alfalfa artificial intelligence (AI) decision management tools across Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.  The project aims to create the data base needed to […] Read more

Emmertech says its funding will continue to build and support the existing ecosystem of agriculture, innovation and technology and spur economic and job growth in southwestern Ontario and across Canada.

Libro invests in ag-venture capital fund Emmertech

Innovation investment in southwestern Ontario aims to drive agriculture technology growth

Reading Time: 2 minutes The nexus where agriculture, agribusiness and technological innovation meet has financial support in Emmertech, a Canadian agriculture tech capital venture fund.  “The Canadian venture capital playbook doesn’t work within the ag-tech industry as it does other industries,” said Sean O’Connor, managing director, Conexus Venture Capital Inc. (CVC). “So we’ve thrown it out and are building […] Read more

Jim Clark, the executive director of the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program addressed the annual meeting of the Beef Farmers of Ontario in February, 2020. It was one of the last in-person annual meetings in Ontario agriculture before COVID-19.

Ag organizations lean toward virtual AGMs this year

Hybrid models with an in-person option are possible in 2022

Reading Time: 3 minutes As autumn creeps along the edge of summer and harvest hits high gear, plans are made for agriculture’s season of annual general meetings.  An AGM used to mean a few days away from the farm, an opportunity to socialize, be educated on the latest trends and technology, celebrate a banner year or find solutions to […] Read more

The large barn at Eugene Frayne's farm near Kingsbridge was destroyed in a recent tornado.

Cost of tornadoes still being assessed

Farmers asked to report damage to Agricorp, with some areas expecting heavy hail losses

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tim Herd and his partner Emma Hackett arrived at Chris and Greg Hackett’s family farm outside of Lucknow when the weather turned.  “We drove into the farm, and legitimately, it was like three seconds in, and we had to go inside to go to the basement,” Herd said. “It was just completely wild; it was […] Read more

Keith Currie is one of three directors retiring from the OFA. He will continue his position as CFA vice-president, and although he is not interested in running for provincial or federal politics, he would consider applying for a position in the Senate.

OFA elections mark end of era for retiring directors

They reflect on their tenure and the essential nature of member involvement

Reading Time: 4 minutes Keith Currie is no shrinking violet and although he is stepping back from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), his advocacy for agriculture will continue. During his tenure as an OFA board member and president, Currie said he made it a personal mission to bring the agricultural lens to every committee, political and board table […] Read more