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Spray monitors in orchards can help identify areas that are missed.

Simple smart technology helps fleet and spray monitoring

Keeping ahead of maintenance can help reduce downtime and repair costs on farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes A group of University of Waterloo engineering graduates who first got together as a student design team to convert a Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle has turned its talents towards improving agricultural fleet management. Their small Ontario start-up, Intelliculture, is now working to help farm profitability with intelligent, simple, and affordable telematics to help […] Read more

Ontario corn demand often benefits when European imports of the crop increase.

European Union corn imports set to jump

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – European Union imports of maize could rise to 20 million tonnes this season after drought is expected to leave the bloc with a smaller than average crop at a time of ample international supply, the EU’s executive said recently. For the EU’s 27 member countries, the European Commission’s official forecast is for 2020/21 […] Read more

Fortinos butcher wins provincial award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Steve Toms, of Fortinos Hamilton took home the title of Ontario’s Finest Butcher (OFBC) in a competition hosted by Meat & Poultry Ontario. Toms, a two-year veteran of the competition, earned the honour after a fierce head-to-head meat cutting battle with finalists Dave Vander Velde of VG Meats, Stoney Creek and Frank DiGenova of Butcher […] Read more

The Lely Exos roams fields harvesting fresh forage and taking it back to a barn for feeding.

Lely launches new dairy feed, manure technology

Products focus on reducing environmental impact and labour

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lely launched three new pieces of equipment on Oct. 6 that increase dairy farm automation, and continue the integration of Lely technology from the farm through to further processing. The technologies won’t immediately find ready homes in Canada in many cases, but show the direction the dairy automation leader is headed. Fresh grass every day […] Read more

The coronavirus pandemic has seen more Canadians test their green thumbs and grow some of their own food.

Home food grower numbers grow during pandemic

Reading Time: < 1 minute Half of respondents to a survey on home food growing say they grow at least some sort of food. Almost 20 per cent report starting growing food at home this year, which explains the run on seeds this spring that meant challenges to the usual supply of seeds for home garden use. The Agri-Food Analytics […] Read more

Environmental Farm Plan update process eased

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has made it easier for producers to update their Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Farms with a third or fourth edition EFP are now eligible to renew through a new, one-day workshop. “Farmers requested an efficient way to update their EFP and take their best management practice learning […] Read more

The Grain Discovery app aims to help farmers market their grain.

Ontario start-up launches grain-trading app

‘Industry-first’ potential to eliminate time-consuming paperwork

Reading Time: 4 minutes An Ontario company has launched a new app that provides instant information and creation of grain-trading contracts in what it is calling an industry first. The Grain Discovery app for iPhone, along with its companion online portal for all internet connections was launched on a trial basis at the Prince Edward County-based Lockie Farms Grain […] Read more

Farmer equipment operators can be trained through a new Conestoga College program.

Conestoga College program to train farm equipment operators

The new program received funding from provincial and federal governments

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new training program for agricultural equipment operators is receiving support from the federal and provincial governments. The Conestoga College program will start as a pilot project to expand training opportunities for current farm sector employees and better prepare those interesting in careers in agriculture to work on farms. Why it matters: Farm labour is […] Read more

During a Sept. 25 virtual appearance at Politico’s Agriculture and Food Summit, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s agriculture minister, said she would like Canada to benefit from CETA “which is not the case yet.”

Industry, government play role in fixing CETA: Bibeau

Ag minister reminds European buyers about high quality Canadian food

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau says industry and government have a shared responsibility to fix a trade deal that hasn’t brought strong results for Canadian producers. Expected to generate $1.5 billion in new agri-food exports, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has fallen short […] Read more

SomaDetect’s inline milk sensor detects milk quality parameters and helps identify 
reproduction issues.

Startups focus on dairy data and automation

Several Canadian companies among featured dairy startups

Reading Time: 5 minutes The World Dairy Expo is often the site for the release of numerous dairy technologies. The show was cancelled this year, but that didn’t stop the Expo from supporting a virtual dairy technology showcase, called the Global Dairy Tech Start-Up Spotlight which recently highlighted dairy technology in a virtual forum. Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Cainthus, EIO […] Read more