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

COVID-19 and the farm: Stories from the GFM network

Reading Time: 20 minutes COVID-19 has added an unprecedented level of uncertainty and disruption to the agricultural communities we serve. Throughout this crisis, Glacier FarmMedia is leveraging the strength of its farm news network to help you stay up to date on developments important to your family and farm. Look here for links to all the coverage provided by our […] Read more

Clockwise from left: Alexis Kuper, Emily Kyle, Sarah Kiar, and Patrick Verkley.

First Rural Change Makers cohort announced

Class members will learn how to have an impact on their communities

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Rural Ontario Institute has announced the cohort for the Rural Change Makers pilot project. Eighteen people aged 19 to 29 were selected from across the province to be part of the program. The goal of the program is to grow the capacity of young adults to serve as change makers and to strengthen rural […] Read more

Green's Meat Market and Abattoir in Wingham, which burned June 24, 2020.

Wingham abattoir destroyed by fire

Green's Meat Market has for years provided meat processing for farmers serving local markets

Reading Time: < 1 minute An abattoir serving northern Huron and southern Bruce counties has been destroyed by fire, leaving area farmers with fewer meat processing options. Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir, in Wingham, had about 70 carcasses hanging for processing at the time of the fire, according to Midwestern Newspapers. A passerby noticed flames coming from the building at […] Read more

Exhibitors compete in the Holstein show during the 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The Royal cancelled for 2020

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair had been scheduled for November

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has cancelled its 2020 event, only the second time the Royal has not been held in 100 years. The risk to the safety of exhibitors and attendees from COVID-19 eventually made the decision for the board of directors. “Over the past several months, we’ve all experienced an unprecedented disruption to […] Read more

Canada’s Digital Farm Show will feature equipment and crop demonstrations along with a focus on innovations.

Digital show to deliver Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show experience to farmers

Equipment, crop demonstrations and networking will continue, but will be delivered digitally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has launched a new digital event to serve as a virtual meeting place for hundreds of agricultural companies and thousands of farmers. With dozens of Ontario agricultural events cancelled into the fall of 2020, Canada’s Digital Farm Show will serve as a meeting place for farmers and the sector. Why it matters: There […] Read more

Fearmans Pork, owned by Sofina Foods, is located at the intersection of Harvester Road and Appleby Line in Burlington.

Protester killed in accident near pork plant

A person was struck by a truck while attempted to feed a pig on board

Reading Time: < 1 minute Updated June 19 Halton Region Police are reporting that a pedestrian has been killed at Appleby Line and Harvester Road in Burlington, the site of the Fearman’s Pork plant. Reporters on the scene are saying that the person killed was a protester who attempted to feed a pig in a moving truck and was struck […] Read more

Ontario Federation of Agriculture to develop ag jobs support system

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has received funding to develop a comprehensive support system for agriculture and food employers and job seekers. The funding comes from the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership and and is part of a targeted intake created April 17 to help address labour supply and training challenges in agriculture and food. […] Read more

Asparagus production has been one of the first crops affected by a lack of workers available because of COVID-19 restrictions and infections.

Agri-food worker protection funds increased

Program provides protective equipment and funds ways to separate workers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario provincial government is investing $15 million more to fund health and safety protection for farm workers. The Agri-food Workplace Protection Program was originally funded with $4.5 million from the federal and provincial government, but the province is now committing up to $15 million to enhance health and safety measures on farms and in […] Read more

The Cheese Fest is a popular part of the Canadian Dairy Xpo, such as at last year's event, shown here.

Dairy Xpo cancelled, new poultry show still on

Management of the Canadian Dairy Xpo had hoped to run the show this summer after it was postponed from its usual April date

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Dairy Xpo (CDX) tried to hold on, during this terrible pandemic year for events, but in the end, a summer date in Stratford wasn’t possible. Gatherings of people are restricted to five in Ontario, and that means that events like CDX which attract more than 10,000 are unable to continue. Why it matters: […] Read more