Hay being loaded onto a Titan Trailer by Charlie Martens, who with his brother Joe made the donation.

With farmers in need, the industry stepped up

Ontario companies and farmers have been eager to help with feed shortages

Reading Time: 4 minutes The plight of drought-stricken farmers in northwestern Ontario and the Prairies has had many Ontario farmers and businesses wondering how they can help. Those co-ordinating the efforts to move hay to those in need say the response has been overwhelming. “We didn’t realize when we started that we would actually have tons of people phone […] Read more

Biosecurity in Canada’s pork industry will be key to mitigating entry or spread of ASF.

African swine fever puts pork producers on high alert

Deadly virus found in the Dominican Republic

Reading Time: 3 minutes The arrival of African swine fever (ASF) in the Caribbean is fuelling concern that the virus could move onto the North American mainland.  The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that the deadly hog virus was found in samples from pigs in the Dominican Republic on July 28 as a result of […] Read more

The Weed Zapper has a front applicator bar that disperses electricity to the plants, and is powered by a generator on the back.

Shocking weeds into submission

The Weed Zapper uses electricity to mortally injure weeds

Reading Time: 3 minutes Controlling weeds can be a tough challenge for organic growers with few chemical options, and also for conventional growers battling herbicide-resistant weeds.  For this reason, mechanical weed control has been making a comeback and innovators are now offering more options.  One such option is the Weed Zapper, which uses electricity to kill weeds and does […] Read more

New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

Resilient Fields is a free web-based tool that simplifies decision-making

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no shortage of information available to farmers to help them make management decisions on-farm, but often this information results in mixed messages, and can even be conflicting. The information is often broad in scope, while many challenges farmers face can be field-specific.  That’s why Al Mussel, research lead with Agri-food Economic Systems and […] Read more

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Genomics can help meet future challenges

Reading Time: 3 minutes It has accelerated genetic progress, and could help livestock industries in future Livestock producers are under increasing pressure to produce more protein with fewer resources, and face scrutiny from consumers over issues such as water and land use, climate change and antimicrobial resistance. To meet these challenges, genetic advancements, particularly the use of genomics, can […] Read more


“I always tell small businesses and individuals the most dangerous thing that you’re going to do today is open email.” – Ritesh Kotak.

Cyber shield your farm: Tightening up the digital safety network

Agribusinesses are becoming a target for cyberattacks, but there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk

Reading Time: 4 minutes The recent cyberattack on the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS S.A., sends a clear message that agriculture is not immune to cybercrime.  The JBS attack earlier this month is the largest such crime to date against an agri-food business. It affected company operations in the U.S., Canada and Australia, forcing 13 of its U.S. […] Read more

Fumonisin mycotoxins infect broken or cracked corn kernels, although it mostly happens in southern climates and isn’t as big of an issue in Canada yet.

Accidental discovery could be a mycotoxin game-changer

AAFC scientists discovered an enzyme that converts fumonisin mycotoxins into a non-toxic form

Reading Time: 3 minutes An enzyme that makes some mycotoxins less deadly has been discovered by a team of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists at the London Research and Development Centre in London, Ont. Why it matters: Mycotoxin contamination in crops can have a huge economic impact for farmers and biofuel producers, and ingestion by humans or livestock […] Read more

Swine Health Ontario and veterinarians are encouraging pork producers to participate in the surveillance program ARC&E, to help the industry with containing PRRSV and and other diseases should they arise.

Getting proactive with PRRS

Ontario’s swine industry looks to collaborate on better diagnostics, surveillance to mitigate

Reading Time: 5 minutes A highly virulent strain of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV) has renewed focus on the importance of disease surveillance and vaccination programs in the province.  Swine Health Ontario (SHO), along with the Ontario Pork Industry Council and Ontario Pork, recently held a webinar for producers and industry to highlight veterinary and producer experiences […] Read more


Studies find that calves in pairs have better socialization and higher average daily gains.

Housing pre-weaned calves in pairs shows benefits

Higher levels of socialization leads to better daily gains, say researchers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Housing pre-weaned dairy calves in pairs has been increasing in popularity in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, and with good reason – research and on-farm evidence shows that it can result in better growth rates and increased welfare at weaning.  For decades the tradition has been to house calves individually in the pre-weaning […] Read more

“If there aren’t groups like us that are actively trying to bring attention back to this topic and keep it in front of the government and media, it will very likely get pushed aside.” – Jennifer Christie, Ag Women's Network.

Rural child care faces a long road ahead

There is reason to be optimistic, but local initiatives will be key for implementation

Reading Time: 4 minutes The federal government has pledged $30 billion over the next five years to help offset the cost of early learning and child care services. Its goal is to create a national child care system with costs of $10 per day for the average Canadian family. The proposed program has created optimism that child care services […] Read more