The number of cows on Ontario farms has been in decline and the new checkoff funding, in part, aims to stem that trend.

Beef Farmers of Ontario look to get check-off increase passed again

The initiative will help fund a joint committee on market growth with the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association

Beef farmers will again vote on whether or not to increase the amount they send to Beef Farmers of Ontario at the organization’s annual meeting in late February. Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association hope to work together to market Ontario-branded beef and engage consumers. Why it matters: The beef sector […] Read more

A juvenile gray garden slug munches on a soybean plant, from the presentation John Tooker gave at FarmSmart recently in Guelph.

Taking out slugs without more insecticides

Slugs can be a challenge in minimal and no-till fields, where greater tillage isn’t an option

Most of the acreage in Pennsylvania is no-till and that means slugs can be a huge issue. This has become such an issue that growers are reverting to using more tillage, said John Tooker, of the department of entomology at Penn State University He spoke at the recent FarmSmart Conference at the University of Guelph. […] Read more

Romy Schill on her sheep farm.

First generation sheep farmers find success in all sheep market opportunities

The Schill family is growing the CircleR flock while supplying meat and wool markets from their farm

Ryan and Romy Schill have big plans for their farm as they embrace many markets for their sheep products. The Schills, first generation sheep farmers, sell breeding stock around Ontario, lamb for the meat market and wool and wool products out of their farm store and at local and province-wide markets. Why it matters: The […] Read more

Farmers have been challenged by an inability to market lower-quality corn after last year’s harvest.

Loan program gets extension, funding boost

Changes made to the Commodity Loan Program to help deal with DON-infected corn financial challenges

Changes to the Commodity Loan Program (CLP) have been made to help farmers dealing with extreme harvest issues across the province. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) asked for an extension back in November to assist farmers across the province managing challenges with corn crop quality this year. Why it matters: The CLP changes will help […] Read more

Dale, left, and Aaron Smith, like most Canadian dairy farmers significantly increased their milk production from 2011 to 2016.

Getting more milk per cow nets environmental bonus

A study shows that increasing productivity on dairy farms decreases their environmental impact

Dale and Aaron Smith started focusing on improved herd health and feeding efficiency to boost milk production on their Mt. Hope, Ontario dairy farm — and they succeeded. Milk production increased 15 per cent, from 34 litres to 40 litres per cow per day from 2011 to 2016. What they didn’t expect to find was […] Read more


Warren Schneckenburger finished up his strip tilling for 2018 in early December.

Eastern Ontario farmer named 2019 Innovative Farmer of the Year

Warren Schneckenburger places emphasis on minimizing tillage and compaction on his farm

Warren Schneckenburger’s attention to soil health, environmental stewardship and progressive production has resulted in winning the 2019 Ontario Innovative Farmer of the Year award presented by the Innovative Farmer Association of Ontario (IFAO). The IFAO cited Schneckenburger’s commitment to soil health and environmental stewardship through his practice of no-till soybeans and wheat, strip-tilled corn and […] Read more

The Ontario cow herd has been stagnating or shrinking for more than a decade. New BFO programs aim to increase the cow herd.

Beef Farmers of Ontario look to get checkoff increase passed again

The initiative will help fund a joint committee on market growth with the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association

Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association are hoping to work together to market Ontario-branded beef and engage consumers. The joint committee’s activities would be funded by a checkoff that Beef Farmers of Ontario hopes will be approved at its annual meeting in late February. “This will avoid duplication of costs, make […] Read more