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Lab-grown dairy: the next protein foray

Start-up companies are not going to produce milk in a lab – but the most valued components of it

Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes. Dairy proteins may be the next product produced in a lab, for use in fluid “milk” production and processed dairy products like yogurt and cheese, to name a few. What is synthetic dairy? Perfect Day Inc., a California-based start-up, has recreated the proteins […] Read more

Minimizing pesticide drift and crop insect monitoring

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of July 18

Pesticide drift Pesticide drift is a complicated subject and it carries significant financial and emotional baggage. This season has been challenging for many agricultural sectors and practices, and spray applicators have been challenged with difficult timing and limited opportunities for herbicide applications. When sprayer operators are rushed or frustrated they have to make hard decisions, […] Read more

Ontario wheat is developing quickly with harvest starting in a couple of weeks.

Canadian wheat sales to China hit 14-year high despite dispute

Supply and demand trumps politics as wheat sales to China nearly double

Reuters | Winnipeg/Chicago – Canada has shipped the most wheat to China in 14 years, contrasting a sudden halt in canola trade amid a diplomatic dispute between the countries, as Chinese buyers shunned the United States. China bought 1.5 million tonnes of wheat from Canada from August 2018 through April 2019, nearly double the pace […] Read more

In spite of the recent ban on Canadian meat by China, opportunities for growth still exist.

Opinion: There’s opportunity in world meat market changes

The current issues in the meat market won’t go away quickly

At the Ontario Pork Congress in Stratford recently, the mood was positive, not only among producers but the support industry as well. Pork prices are high and are expected to stay that way for a significant stretch of time, mostly because of the African swine fever disaster in China, the world’s largest pork consumer. The […] Read more

Helen Espinola, left, is working at Huntingfield Farm between Gorrie and Mildmay. Blair Cressman is president of the company.

Foreign workers leave families behind, but also see opportunity

More workers from other countries are filling empty farming roles, including on hog farms

Farmtario will continue to check in with Helen Espinola as she settles into her two-year work term in Canada. Helen Espinola left behind her husband and two children in the Philippines to work on a hog barn on the norther border of Huron County. She’s a farrowing room technician who says she loves working with […] Read more


Cows eat at their new home on a floating dairy farm in the Netherlands.

Cows enter world’s first floating farm

The project aims to reuse organic waste streams as cattle feed while showing how floating farms could work

Thirty-two cows are now living on the world’s first floating dairy farm based in the port at Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Years of development and construction have finally come to the last hurdle when the Montbelliarde cows can find their sea legs and get accustomed to their new home. And what a luxury home it […] Read more

Wild boar are especially concerning because of their disease transmission potential.

Wild boar groups small so far in Ontario

There is concern about growing numbers of feral hogs due to their potential role in African swine fever transmission

Reported sightings of large groups of wild pigs – known as “sounders” – in Ontario are still limited to one or two instances in the Parry Sound/Magnetawan district, although there are reported sightings across much of the rest of the province.. Government and non-governmental scientists tracking the animals’ movements believe Ontario still has the opportunity […] Read more

Food processors and food systems are drawing lots of interest from data companies as they see business opportunity.

Corporate giants continue pushing food sector tech-adoption

RBC and Microsoft push greater digitization in food processing and supply chains

In an environment of ever-increasing pressure to adopt new technologies in food production, companies struggle to identify which technologies they should adopt, and who they should work with to do so — not to mention how to pay for them. According to the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and tech-giant Microsoft, these three barriers reduce […] Read more



Laurie Thatcher-Craig and John Craig in their hops yard.

Hopping mad

Why a move by Clearview Township to restrict some on-farm processing could have implications for value-adding across the province

Clearview Township hops grower says a bylaw passed earlier this year means it has fewer rights than apple and grape growers to market directly to consumers. The bylaw passed in March means no farmers other than those growing grapes and apples can create consumer products on farm with an alcohol content. While apple growers can […] Read more