Timothy hay has been cut in June in time to have soybeans planted for a crop in the same year

The value in a timothy-soybean double-crop rotation

Pure timothy has some demand around the world, but a way to make it profitable had to be found

Proponents of double-cropping soybeans and pure timothy in Ontario have attracted additional interest this fall after they grew some successful plots this year. The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative reports that in one of its farmer’s trials, timothy planted after 2017 soybeans, yielded 5,500 pounds per acre. Soybeans planted after the timothy was harvested the […] Read more

Diseases that evolve quickly can be frustrating for farmers trying to keep ahead of them.

Managing rapidly evolving swine diseases

A porcine respiratory disease is of particular concern because it can rapidly evolve

There are signs that a number of potentially damaging disorders of pigs are either developing immunity to common drug treatments or becoming much more common as a result of well-established protocols, attendees at the recent Shakespeare Swine Seminar were warned by a Minnesota veterinary practitioner. Why it matters: When treatment for swine diseases are no […] Read more

One of the new silos that have been erected at Gay Lea’s Teewater plant is hoisted. Processors made significant investments in dairy processing that could be put at risk with the new USMCA trade deal.

Dairy processors concerned about USMCA trade deal

Processors want compensation to be distributed differently than under CETA

The organization representing dairy processors says it is resolutely against the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal. The CEO of the lobby organization representing processors told Farmtario in early October that he “anxiously awaits the Canadian text to be published” containing the deal’s precise details. “Canada’s dairy processing industry is deeply disappointed […] Read more

Andrea De Groot is the Ontario Pork Industry Council’s managing director.

Attention to details helps foreign worker application process

Producers must be aware of the myriad regulations they must comply with to be eligible to seek foreign labour

Three small-group meetings are planned in November for pork producers in southwestern Ontario to learn about applying to hire staff under the federally regulated Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Why it matters: Recruiting and maintaining good-quality staff has been an ongoing challenge in the hog sector. The TFWP is commonly used to help meet this […] Read more

Swine diseases evolve, change and show up unexpectedly, keeping veterinarians challenged.

Vets track down rare diseases in Ontario pig barns

Occasionally, swine health issues can leave producers and vets stumped

During a session of the recent Shakespeare Swine Seminar, two southwestern Ontario veterinarians described how they put on their Sherlock Holmes deerstalker caps to get to the bottom of three recent cases of disease outbreaks rarely seen in pigs. In the world of livestock health, a set of symptoms frequently points toward a common problem, […] Read more


African Swine Fever has spread to parts of China, as well as Europe, including most recently in Belgium where it was found in wild boars.

Ontario hog sector prepares for African swine fever threat

The appearance of ASF in China has heightened concerns about the disease’s potential to spread to North America

The detection over the past four years of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe was met with muted concern by Ontario’s pork producers. But since the first confirmation of the virus in China on Aug. 1, the alarm is now being raised. Why it matters: AFS has potential to devastate Canadian swine herds if […] Read more

More land is being put into production in Northern Ontario.

Report looks to connect the North’s new growth with consumers

More food is being grown and raised in Northern Ontario, but systems are still being developed to get it to local residents

Northern Ontario is a vast region that contains “many locales (that) can be considered a food deserts” despite growing production in the area, a new University of Guelph report says. The report was prepared by a team from the university’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, led by Dr. Wayne Caldwell. It was released […] Read more

Solar panels and windmills proliferated under the Liberal Green Energy Act, but with little local decision-making control.

Ontario axes Green Energy Act, leaving some wondering what’s next

South West Oxford mayor suggests that storage continues to be the biggest stumbling block to allowing the renewable energy sector to continue growing without government support

In a widely anticipated move, the Ontario government has repealed the province’s Green Energy Act. Why it matters: Since the Green Energy Act was introduced in 2009, thousands of Ontario farmers have added small-scale renewable energy generation projects to their properties. Most are used as an additional source of revenue. Sweaburg-area farmer and South West […] Read more


Smaller chicken flocks is one suggested area that could be funded by the investment.

Program aims to kickstart funding for local ag projects

Socially responsible investing also aims to build communities

Funds designed to support the local food and farm sector in Ontario have been put together through a partnership of grassroots organizations from Sault Ste. Marie, a region not known for agriculture. Why it matters: Agriculture could find ways to capitalize on a global trend of investors who factor in ecological and social benefits along […] Read more

The AGRIS Co-operative outlet where Richard Tanner gets his crop inputs in Glencoe, Ont.

Principles still guide Ontario co-ops today

Co-operatives offer an alternative to for-profit business models and allow owner-members to focus more on community

The St-Albert Cheese Co-op on the South Nation River in eastern Ontario will mark its 125th anniversary next year, setting it out as an example of how co-operatives can find and sustain long-term success. For St-Albert and about 25 other farmer-owned co-ops active in Ontario, several factors rise to the top when looking at the […] Read more