Norfolk Tractor to sell only Kubota

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new stand-alone Kubota dealer is coming to Norfolk County. The owners of the D&W Group Inc., a four-store agricultural and construction equipment dealer complex located in south-central Ontario, announced the conversion of their facility in Simcoe, Norfolk Tractor, from a major multi-line operation to one dedicated to the exclusive sale and service of Kubota […] Read more

Dougans to step down as Chicken Farmers CEO

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicken Farmers of Ontario has announced that Rob Dougans, the organization’s president and chief executive officer, is leaving March 31.  A news release from CFO stated that Dougans has provided leadership and guidance to the organization, and to the overall sector for the past decade.  In the release, the CFO board of directors said Dougans […] Read more

AGRIS Co-operative announces patronage dividend

Reading Time: < 1 minute AGRIS Co-operative has announced a patronage dividend of $1.5 million to be returned to its farmer-owners and investors. Total enterprise revenues in 2020 for AGRIS Co-operative were more than $259 million, with $2.4 million added to retained earnings to support its operations. Patronage rebates will be issued as 33 per cent cash and 67 per […] Read more

Grain Farmers of Ontario recently elected its new executive committee of the board.

Byrne elected to chair GFO board

Essex farmer has been a board member for six years

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grain Farmers of Ontario has elected Brendan Byrne as its new chair of the board of directors. Byrne is the District Director for District 1 (Essex) and has served on the Board since 2015. He farms with his father and family in Essex County. Why it matters: Grain Farmers of Ontario is the largest farmer […] Read more

The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame will have 240 members after the 2021 induction ceremony

Seven to be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

The inductees cover areas of agriculture including beef, food, government, crops and veterinary

Reading Time: 5 minutes In 2021, seven agricultural leaders will be inducted into Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Their influences range from general farm organization, beef industry and industry tribunal leadership to agricultural extension, agricultural law and improvements to animal welfare, horticultural and agronomy. Stan Eby, Roger George, Herbert Norry, Delbert O’Brien, the late Terry O’Connor, Dr. Peter Sikkema […] Read more

New agricultural worker safety course launched

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is launching an online training program for workers new to the agricultural sector, created in partnership with the University of Guelph — Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre. The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is geared towards helping job seekers become more familiar with on-farm safety, while making […] Read more

New face at soil network helm

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tori Waugh has been appointed executive director of the Ontario Soil Network. Waugh, principal consultant at Conservation Ag Consulting, has helped grow the Ontario Soil Network to its current role in the sector. She was selected after a competitive process. The Ontario Soil Network has created a new strategic plan and it will be Waugh’s […] Read more

Goat code open for public comment

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Draft Goat Code of Practice is now open for public comment ahead of a Feb. 22 deadline. “Whether you have a small herd or a large herd, the impact of the revised Goat Code of Practice on your farm will be the same,” stated Ontario Goat President Dirk Boogerd. “It is important for goat […] Read more

OFA increases leadership program contribution

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) contributed an extra $10,000 to the current class of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). The money raised will offset costs of additional COVID-19 related travel requirements for more social distancing and re-planning of AALP Class 18’s international study tour. A foundational partner of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership program, […] Read more

Farm families have been challenged juggling schooling at home, with farm work.

Farm sector part of emergency child care extension

The programs support families where students are learning remotely

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farmers and those who support the food and agriculture product supply chains now qualify for a no-cost child care program. As of Jan. 27, the program will be open to a new list of workers along with several other categories, in addition to other essential workers who were previously eligible. The program aims to help […] Read more