North American business development manager for Dairypower Equipment, Adam Steward, explained the features of the company’s Smart Manure Aeration System during a barn tour at Sigview Farms near Moorefield.

Continually agitated manure system launches in North America

Irish-developed system installed in new Wellington County dairy barn

Reading Time: 4 minutes In an innovative new dairy barn near Moorefield, the centuries-old practice of composting solid manure is being combined with a new-to-North-America approach to continually agitating liquid manure. On May 12, Kristina and Simon Signer moved their 53 Brown Swiss from a tie-stall set-up in the Sigview Farms bank barn to a new composting bedded pack […] Read more

Finding ways to encourage risk taking in agriculture climate resiliency is one recommendation of a Farmers for Climate Solutions report.

Farm group wants climate at forefront of COVID-19 recovery

Farmers for Climate Solutions says farmers should lead the way in providing solutions

Reading Time: 4 minutes A coalition of farm organizations, including several in Ontario, is calling for a Canada-wide recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic that puts a strong emphasis on agricultural resilience to climate change. A report released recently by Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) — members of which include the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), National Farmers […] Read more

René Sahba Shahmohamadloo is shown in the video produced for the Food System Vision prize.

University proposal among food system prize semifinalists

Researchers hope vision for 2020 will be worthy of $200,000

Reading Time: 3 minutes Two researchers from the University of Guelph have reached the semifinalist stage of a $2-million competition striving for a more environmentally conscious future of food. The proposal, submitted by a professor and a PhD student from University of Guelph’s School of the Environmental Sciences, calls for “truly integrative agricultural practices” throughout southwestern Ontario by 2050, […] Read more

Ontario greenhouse growers will have to register their boilers by next March.

Agricultural exemption dropped for boiler inspection

The change most affects greenhouse and mushroom growers and some syrup producers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agricultural operations using boilers and pressure vessels have until March 1, 2021 to register their equipment with the arms-length provincial government agency the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), following the lifting of an exemption on July 17. The equipment will also now require TSSA inspections. Why it matters: TSSA registration and inspection adds another […] Read more

Some other countries use regular surveillance of milk to track disease, such as the Netherlands and Ireland.

Province-wide bulk tank samples to track disease prevalence

Research project could help with individual farm and provincial disease management

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario bulk tank samples will be screened for diseases in a broad look aimed at determining disease prevalence in Ontario herds. The provincial government recently announced financial support for the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DF)-led effort to establish annual testing of bulk tank samples for a roster of infectious diseases. Why it matters: Some diseases […] Read more

Farms settled in the 1950s have returned to nature as other opportunities beckoned owners.

Finding farmland in Ontario’s north

It’s believed there are up to three million acres of Class 2, 3 and 4 land in the north that could be farmed

Reading Time: 4 minutes The economics of modern agriculture have rekindled interest in pushing long-abandoned farms in northeastern Ontario into production. Millions of acres considered part of the fertile Northern Clay Belt remain largely undeveloped in municipalities stretching north and west from New Liskeard since the region was first opened to farming in the 1950s. Alain Robichaud, economic development […] Read more

A group of wild boars running in Europe, where the pigs have caused challenges with disease spread.

Trail cams installed as part of wild pig project

Government looks to designate wild pigs as an invasive species

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wild pigs are on the loose in Ontario, but staff at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are confident they’re ahead of a wide-scale and potentially devastating invasion. As part of a pilot project initiated in January, trail cameras were installed at eight locations in southern and eastern Ontario in response to what […] Read more

Dairy farmers have taken numerous steps to reduce costs due to COVID-19 uncertainty.

Turning off the milk tap

Dairy farmers are learning to manage larger changes in demand due to COVID-19

Reading Time: 4 minutes Signs that dairy markets may be stabilizing will come as welcome news for the industry. The past three months since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a roller coaster ride for producers, who have worked to match frequent shifts in demand, and changes in how much they get paid for their milk, with […] Read more

Ontario farmers have expressed concern about their farm business registration information being shared.

OFA urges farm data requester be named

A Freedom of Information Act request targets anyone with a Farm Business Registration number

Reading Time: 3 minutes Members of the three General Farm Organizations in Ontario have been encouraged to tell the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to turn down a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request aimed at Ontario’s farmers. The request looks for names of individuals and businesses holding Farm Business Registration (FBR) numbers, a well […] Read more

Hutches were bent and strewn around by a tornado at Mistyglen Holsteins on June 10.

Herd largely spared as tornado moves dairy barn

Family grateful for support of friends and neighbours as barn will have to be rebuilt

Reading Time: 4 minutes A potentially “overwhelming situation,” was eased significantly by an outpouring of community support, after a tornado ripped through a Belmont-area dairy farm on June 10. “The first couple days were full of phone calls, emails and texts from companies and individuals offering assistance,” said farm co-owner Suzanne Pettit. She said the response showed “the strength […] Read more