Chicken Farmers of Ontario name new CEO

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) Board of Directors has appointed Denise Hockaday as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 30, 2021. Denise will act as chief advisor to the Board, represent CFO provincially and nationally, and provide strategic leadership for the organization, its farmer-members, staff team and stakeholders.  Most recently, Denise held executive […] Read more

(File photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Northwestern Ontario farmers to receive emergency drought support

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario government is providing up to $2 million in emergency funding to farmers in northwestern Ontario to help them acquire feed, water and basic livestock needs due to the ongoing drought conditions in the area. The Northwestern Livestock Emergency Assistance Initiative will help livestock farms in the the Kenora-Rainy River district by addressing critical […] Read more

Pandemic cancels in-person Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show’s in-person trade show has been cancelled for 2021, although the company continues to roll out digital opportunities for farmers to get together and learn. The Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) team has met regularly with public health officials and the provincial government and it determined that the popular farm show could […] Read more

The Royal to return in 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (the Royal) is yet another in-person event that has been cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal’s board of directors made the decision to cancel the 2021 after “considerable research and consultation.” The board said in a release that the Royal will return to an education focused […] Read more

Koeslag to lead Ontario Canola Growers Association

Koeslag to lead Ontario Canola Growers Association

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ryan Koeslag of Koeslag Consulting Inc. has been named the new Executive Director of the Ontario Canola Growers Association (OCGA). He replaces Carrie James, who retired last month after serving as OCGA executive director for more than 17 years.  Koeslag Consulting Inc. (KCI) will manage the organization from Harriston, Ont. KCI manages several non-profit farm […] Read more


Junior farmers create Grey County tour

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Grey County Junior Farmers have taken a new approach to agriculture education by hosting a self-guided tour of the county from Jul. 17 to Aug. 28.  Those who take the tour will be able to visit fields with different crops and animals on pasture, as well as some retail locations that highlight agriculture industry […] Read more

Five outstanding leaders named to Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Five innovative agricultural ambassadors have been selected as the 2021 inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame – Gordon Bacon, Dr. Don Buckingham, Stan Eby, Johanne Ross and Dr. Phil Williams.  “This year’s inductees have all had a major impact on Canadian agriculture – elevating the profile of Canada’s pulse sector, leading Canada’s beef […] Read more

Farmers watch tillage demonstrations at a past Canada's Outdoor Farm Show.

Pandemic cancels in-person Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Digital events occurring throughout the year and smaller in-person events are possible

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show’s in-person trade show has been cancelled for 2021, although the company continues to roll out digital opportunities for farmers to get together and learn. The Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show team has met regularly with public health officials and the provincial government and it determined that the popular farm show could not […] Read more


Guelph professor studies technology to curb agricultural emissions

Reading Time: < 1 minute Curbing chemical emissions of agricultural carbon dioxide and ammonia to mitigate climate change is the goal of a University of Guelph researcher who recently received $200,000 under the New Frontiers in Research Fund. Leanne Chen, professor in the chemistry department, hopes to develop a clean technology that uses renewable electricity to convert waste chemicals into […] Read more

Pressure boilers on farms like those producing maple syrup will now need to be inspected.

Online reporting for boilers, pressure vessels now live

Owners and operators of BPV equipment need to report it to TSSA

Reading Time: < 1 minute The online form for owners and operators to report existing agricultural boilers and pressure vessels (BPVs) is now available online. Owners and operators of agricultural operations should report their BPV equipment by completing the online form on TSSA’s website when agricultural BPV equipment must comply with the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000’s Ontario Regulation […] Read more