The SomaDetect sensor system installed on a farm.

Dairy tech company gets government funds

The funding will help SomaDetect test its inline sensor in pilot projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes SomaDetect has received $3.9 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada to test its in-line milk sensor technology. The company, with offices in Canada and the U.S., is working to develop a system that uses a sensor in the milk line to automatically measure milk fat and protein, somatic cell count, progesterone and antibiotics. […] Read more

The Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph educates many in Ontario’s agriculture community.

Ridgetown Campus looking for new director

Ken McEwan will be returning to research and teaching

Reading Time: 2 minutes The search is on for the 11th director of the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, in preparation for the end of Ken McEwan’s stint. McEwan will be director until June 2020. He will then support new infrastructure initiatives on the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus for a transitionary year, with a focus on completing fundraising […] Read more

Today’s precipitation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more

New solar panels grab light from above and below

Potential solution towards balance between crop growth and electricity generation capabilities

Reading Time: 2 minutes Electricity is a major expense for Canadian greenhouse growers. At the same time, large greenhouse facilities offer potential to produce renewable solar energy — but the challenge to date has been how to do that without impacting the growth and productivity of the crop inside. A potential solution from Ontario solar panel manufacturer Heliene is […] Read more

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Reading Time: < 1 minute A project to monitor antimicrobial resistance in beef feedlots recently received funding. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) welcomed the investment of up to $294,314 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to conduct new research on the “National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario Feedlot Cattle”. “Collecting antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance […] Read more

There’s been a national breakup in Canada's sheep sector for several years.

New Ontario group joins sheep federation

Other Ontario, Alberta and Quebec groups left the Canadian Sheep Federation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Updated Jan. 9 The Ontario Lamb Producers Caucus, a new network of Ontario sheep farmers, involved in production of breeding stock, market lambs, wool and sheep’s milk, has been accepted into the Canadian Sheep Federation. Fred Baker, an Ontario sheep producer, and interim chair of the Ontario Lamb Producers Caucus (OLPC) said that “OLPC membership […] Read more

Today’s precipitation

Reading Time: < 1 minute To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps — or if you’d like to make the maps even better by becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer – check out the CoCoRaHS website.  

Police seek 130 pigs stolen in Oxford County

The pigs were allegedly taken from a barn in November

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ontario Provincial Police are searching for leads in the strange case of 130 stolen pigs in South West Oxford township. The theft of the animals was reported to police on Dec. 26, but they say the theft happened between Nov. 9 and Nov. 29. The pigs, being raised as market hogs, were about six months […] Read more

Currie appointed to climate change committee

Reading Time: < 1 minute The agriculture sector will have a voice on the premier’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Keith Currie was recently appointed to the new committee. “I’m pretty excited to have agriculture around the table,” said Currie in an interview. “I think agriculture is climate change’s best-kept secret.” Carbon sequestration by agriculture […] Read more

Sustainable agriculture organization expands to Canada

Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations

Reading Time: < 1 minute Field to Market, an organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture, recently announced its expansion into Canada. Stakeholders have access to a streamlined approach to conduct continuous improvement projects, strengthening the ability for companies to meet their sustainable sourcing objectives and science-based targets. Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations. It has developed a science-driven […] Read more