Dr. Ian Potter, new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

New CEO joins Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Ian Potter comes to Vineland with years of experience managing research organizations

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland)’s board of directors has appointed Dr. Ian Potter as chief executive officer. Potter replaces Dr. Jim Brandle who resigned in November, starting April 1. Potter will also join the Vineland Board of Directors at that time. Over a 25-year career, Potter has served in senior leadership roles with both […] Read more

Today’s precipitation

Data and maps 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 […] Read more

A new project is targeting Bovine Respiratory Disease in cattle.

Immune test could help reduce Bovine Respiratory Disease in cattle

A group of cattle industry players are working together to develop a high-immune response test for Angus cattle, which could help fight Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). The project, which received $500,000 in funding in early February from Genome Canada’s Genomic Application Partnership Program, aims to reduce the $1 billion BRD is estimated to cost the […] Read more

Neil Currie, retiring OFA general manager.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture general manager stepping down

Long-serving Neil Currie will retire at the end of the summer

After 19 years as general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), Neil Currie has announced his retirement. Currie, the longest-serving general manager in the organization’s 83-year history, will continue in his role until Aug. 30, 2019. “We’re grateful for Neil’s long-term leadership of OFA, Canada’s largest general farm organization,” says Keith Currie, OFA […] Read more

Equipment demonstrations are popular, such as this one at last year’s Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show adds to property

The property will help the show continue to provide the a top visitor experience

Glacier Media, parent company of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has invested in Oxford County farmland adjacent to the show site. Glacier Media has acquired ninety acres of land directly north of the Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show site on Oxford County Road 34. For the last decade, 30 acres of this land has been used as […] Read more


Anne Verhallen doing what she loves to do — talking about soil.

Denys, Verhallen named 2019 soil champions

A farmer and an OMAFRA soils expert are being recognized for trying new practices to improve soil health

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has named a farmer and a long-time supporter of soil health as its 2019 Soil Champions. The OSCIA made the announcement at its annual conference in Kingston in early February. Jim Denys is a Middlesex County farmer, producing pork farrow-to-finish while cropping corn, wheat and soybeans. He […] Read more

New option registered for dicamba-resistant soybeans

Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the registration of Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology herbicide for broad-spectrum control of grass and broadleaf weeds in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Tavium is a pre-mix of dicamba (Group 4) and s-metolachlor (Group 15), the active ingredient in Dual II Magnum herbicide. It can be applied pre-plant or pre-emergence in […] Read more

Potatoes are one of the crops to be tested with the improved photosynthesis process.

Increasing sunlight to energy conversion

Science Notes: Scientists believe plant productivity can be increased by as much as 40 per cent

Researchers believe they can boost crop productivity by as much as 40 per cent by engineering plants to improve how efficiently they convert the sunlight into energy via photosynthesis. Researchers from the University of Illinois and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service report in the journal Science that crops engineered with a photorespiratory shortcut […] Read more


A public celebration of Troy Snobelen’s life is scheduled for Feb. 9 from 1-5 pm at the Lucknow Community Centre.

Snobelen Farms president dies in snowmobile accident

[UPDATED Feb. 6, 2019] The Ontario agriculture community is mourning the loss of the leader of Snobelen Farms. Troy Snobelen, president and CEO of Snobelen Farms, was killed in a snowmobile accident Feb. 2 in Huron-Kinloss. Snobelen Farms was started by Troy’s parents and grew to be a significant handler of grains and oilseeds in […] Read more

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Jennifer Betzner joins Farmtario

Farmtario welcomes Jennifer Betzner to our team as a reporter. Betzner holds a BSc from the University of Guelph in Honours Agriculture. She joined Farmtario as a reporter after spending time as a sales agronomist for an agriculture retailer. Throughout her summers in university she worked as a crop scout for a local input supplier […] Read more