A trout sandwich created through the Re(PURPOSE) project.

The circular meal: thinking about food differently

Farmers, restaurateurs and food producers join together to create a meal out of waste

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fish poop, bugs and beer waste aren’t the top of mind ingredients when one contemplates a gourmet meal. But they’re exactly what went into “upcycled” dinners served at three Guelph restaurants this fall as part of a pilot project to reduce food waste and encourage everyone in the food chain to change their thinking about […] Read more

Dairy farms are one of the first types of farms using the Rakr app.

New app tracks and simplifies barn equipment maintenance

Energy also can be monitored with Rakr’s tracking app

Reading Time: 3 minutes A free new app launched by an Ontario start-up aims to simplify barn equipment maintenance. And it’s a precursor to an innovative monitoring system to track and manage on-farm energy use that Rakr is launching in 2021, called NeatMeter. Why it matters: Cost control is essential to farm profitability. Energy is a significant expenditure for […] Read more

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Simplifying dairy logistics with Canadian start-up technology

Milk Moovement tracks shipments and gets information quickly to farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes A powerful tool that streamlines dairy supply chain logistics has landed an Atlantic Canada start-up coveted spots in a couple of big-name agriculture technology accelerators. Milk Moovement is the only Canadian company that is part of the current cohort of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in Minneapolis, and one of only two Canadian start-ups […] Read more

Hazelnut trees growing at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Genomics research moving Ontario hazelnuts closer to production

Researchers continue to learn how to adapt hazelnuts to Ontario’s climate

Reading Time: 3 minutes A genomics-based research project at the University of Guelph is moving the establishment of an Ontario hazelnut industry one step closer to reality. Hazelnut development work has been underway in the province for about a decade, driven by farmers seeking new crops to grow and a large confectionary company keen to source their key ingredient […] Read more

Spray monitors in orchards can help identify areas that are missed.

Simple smart technology helps fleet and spray monitoring

Keeping ahead of maintenance can help reduce downtime and repair costs on farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes A group of University of Waterloo engineering graduates who first got together as a student design team to convert a Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle has turned its talents towards improving agricultural fleet management. Their small Ontario start-up, Intelliculture, is now working to help farm profitability with intelligent, simple, and affordable telematics to help […] Read more

There are 50 workers employed at the GoodLeaf Farms facility in Guelph.

Automated Guelph vertical farm supplies retailers with local, leafy greens

The newly opened farm grows crops 40 to 50 per cent faster than traditional crops

Reading Time: 3 minutes An automated vertical farm in south Guelph is now fully operational. GoodLeaf Farms has the capacity to produce 800,000 units of locally grown leafy greens for Ontario retailers — including Loblaw banners, Longo’s and Whole Foods — 12 months of the year. “It’s really unique for Canada that we can grow 365 days of the […] Read more

Canadian dairy technology from EIO Diagnostics allows for testing for mastitis before it shows up as increased cell counts.

Canadian start-ups featured at Ag Innovation Showcase

The American event showcased Canadian companies with dairy, lighting, grain sampling and soil sensing products

Reading Time: 3 minutes A number of Canadian agriculture technology start-up companies were in the spotlight at the recent Ag Innovation Showcase. The Canadian government and Protein Industries Canada, one of the country’s five superclusters, were key sponsors of the event again this year. Why it matters: Technology is a key driver of innovation in the agri-food sector, but […] Read more

Road application of the soy-based dust suppressant.

Soybeans provide greener solution for road dust suppression

Biodegradable solution is more environmentally friendly

Reading Time: 3 minutes A soy-based dust suppressant developed by researchers at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is now being commercialized and brought to market in North America. It is sprayed onto dusty areas like gravel roads, mining operations and parking lots, but since it’s biodegradable and environmentally friendly, it could also be used on agricultural operations. Why it […] Read more

The rumen bolus is usually inserted prior to first calving.

Automating dairy cattle health monitoring – from the inside

Ontario inventor creates dairy cattle bolus system to monitor internal metrics

Reading Time: 3 minutes A Toronto-based start-up has developed a real-time cattle monitoring system it says will help farmers increase the efficiency of their operations. Cattle Scan’s Bovine Monitoring Bolus tracks dairy cattle health 24/7 from inside the animal to provide early alerts of potential health issues before the onset of visible symptoms. Why it matters: Earlier intervention means […] Read more

Understanding regular cattle weights allows more precise management of beef cattle.

Bringing Big Data to the Canadian beef industry

Drinking station also records cattle weights accessible by device

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Irish startup with a Canadian connection has developed what it says is the world’s first completely automated livestock performance and health monitoring system. StrongBó Agritech’s BovineHub collects and analyzes live data through its automated weighing system that company founder and CEO Micheál McInerney believes has the potential to reshape modern beef production. Its trials […] Read more