The role of roots as a weathering agent to breaks down rocks and primary minerals has been overlooked.

Study looks at how soils hold carbon

Science Notes: Whether carbon is held or released by soil has many influences

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers are using synchrotron light to better understand the impact of climate change on more than three trillion metric tonnes of soil carbon around the world. Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, scientists from across the United States investigated the plant root mechanisms that control long-term storage of carbon in […] Read more

An artist’s rendering of what the entry to the Grove could look like.

Western Fair Association launches agri-business hub

The Grove aims to be a place for agriculture and food businesses to interact and grow

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Western Fair Association has announced a new strategy that includes becoming home to a hub for agriculture and agribusiness innovation called The Grove. The Grove, to be housed in some of the buildings which once hosted the London Farm Show and the National Poultry Show, was launched Oct. 10 at an event at the […] Read more

The Ontario Food Terminal is the main hub for produce marketing in the province.

Ontario Food Terminal pushed to find more revenue, modernize

Food terminal review aims to find ways to improve its operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes The province has provided guidance to the Ontario Food Terminal after a review of its operations found it is missing some business opportunities and that its location limits its ability to expand and supply the rest of the province. The review was conducted by consulting firm MNP. Ernie Hardeman, the minister of Agriculture, Food and […] Read more

Online platform simplifies the local food supply chain

Local Line connects food buyers and sellers and is now helping with transportation logistics

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’re a farmer selling products directly to consumers, restaurants or retail locations, an Ontario company believes it can simplify your process with an online platform. Local Line is an online selling platform for local food suppliers designed to help automate and streamline order fulfillment, inventory management and delivery. It started as a match-making service […] Read more

American cases of Senecavirus have started with scours in younger pigs, but in Ontario the cases were first found in sow barns.

Ontario’s senecavirus outbreak in hogs differed from U.S.

Two southwestern Ontario sow barns were infected in June 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario’s latest cases of the obscure Senecavirus gave the hog farming sector a chance to practice managing a new disease outbreak. Why it matters: The most significant known risk is that, based on clinical signs alone, Senecavirus is indistinguishable from foot-and-mouth disease — meaning that when it’s discovered, all pig travel must cease until the […] Read more

A truck driver prepares to unload soybeans in Brazil.

Soybean exports from Brazil to slump on African swine fever crisis

But corn sourcing is expected to rise significantly over the past year’s levels

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters – Chinese commodities trader COFCO told Reuters it expects a sharp drop in the amount of soybeans it will source for export from Brazil this year due to an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China that has hurt demand for animal feed. In an interview with Reuters Sept. 22, […] Read more

Transportation regulations are changing for all major livestock in February.

Trucking group still looking for clarification on new livestock transport rules

Latest changes need to be shared before February implementation: OLTA

Reading Time: 3 minutes [UPDATED Oct. 10, 2019] Efforts to clarify several issues with looming federal livestock hauling regulations are ongoing, attendees at the recent Shakespeare Swine Seminar were told. Ontario Livestock Transporters’ Alliance Executive Director Susan Fitzgerald said that the updated regulations come into effect in February 2020. Why it matters: Significant fines or requirements to change practices […] Read more

Kraft Heinz Canada uses about 180 million pounds of Ontario tomatoes in its products every year, Highbury Canco said.

Heinz renews agreement for Ontario tomatoes

Reading Time: 1 minute Highbury Canco has renewed its agreement with Kraft Heinz Canada to produce Kraft Heinz products at its Leamington, Ont., facility. The multi-year agreement is worth about $1 billion at retail value. Highbury Canco has a long-standing relationship with Kraft Heinz Canada, producing some of Canada’s most beloved brands, including Heinz beans, Heinz tomato juice and […] Read more

Filmmaker Brina Romanek talks with Jim Giffen, the subject of her documentary.

Documentary explores subject of farm succession

Filmmaker focuses on the story of a retiring Ontario farmer who is passing on his operation to a non-family member

Reading Time: 3 minutes Filmmaker Brina Romanek was working on a project about food waste in Canada when one of her subjects showed her how many farms in the area were not being passed down to the next generation. It sparked an interest in her, and also anxiety about what it would mean for farming’s future. The feeling was […] Read more

Lillie Ann Morris spurred the creation of Soils at Guelph after a conversation with OAC Dean Rene Van Acker.

New initiative launched to improve soil health education

The Soils at Guelph aims to bridge the gap between agriculture and the general public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soils at Guelph, launched at the University of Guelph on Sept. 19, aims to put more high quality soil health information in the hands of farmers. Why it matters: The continuous degradation of soil health across Ontario and Canada is creating a barrier for farmers as soil quality dwindles. The development of the program began […] Read more