The winning hackathon team: Justin Dellandrea, left, Caroline Duvieusart-Dery, Taylor Paradis, 
Connor Russell, Jyothi Shiva Swaraj Vutukuru, Alexandra Mazanko, Marvin Dyck.

Guelph students ‘hack the farm’ for innovative solutions

Students tackled agricultural issues ranging from improved food packaging to better crop yield predictions

Reading Time: 3 minutes An idea for better waste water management at a local brewery won top honours in the third annual Improve Life Challenge Hackathon at the University of Guelph on March 6. The theme for this year’s day-long event was Hack the Farm in a Climate of Change where teams of students worked with community partners to […] Read more

The Fairlife Canada building in Peterborough under construction.

Fairlife plant opening delayed by COVID-19 travel restrictions

It needs experts to help it with final testing of the new Peterborough milk plant

Reading Time: < 1 minute A limit on the movement of people around the world due to COVID-19 means a delay in the start up of the new Fairlife Canada milk plant in Peterborough. Company officials announced today that start up will be delayed until later in 2020. The plant was weeks from receiving its first shipment of Canadian milk. […] Read more

Farmer ready to cut woodlots to pay carbon tax

Government needs to pay for carbon sinks like woodlots and crops, he says

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Lambton County farmer, a winner of environmental awards, says he is ready to rip out his woodlots to help pay for carbon taxes on his farm. Joe Kerr, his wife and their company own about 1,800 acres, about 365 of which is woodlot. He doesn’t expect to clear it all, because it wouldn’t make […] Read more

A team of researchers have published a paper that shows irrigation of cattle feed crops is the greatest consumer of river water in the western United States.

The challenge of raising beef and dairy in a desert

Science Notes: Irrigation to feed crops for cattle in western U.S. drops river levels

Reading Time: 2 minutes Humans are using freshwater resources faster than they can be naturally replenished. In the western United States, for example, water extractions from the Colorado River have exceeded total river flow, causing rapid depletion of water storage reservoirs. In addition, as these water sources dry up, species of fish, plants and animals are also adversely impacted. […] Read more

 IGPC’s plant in Aylmer has reduced its processing due to the low oil prices.

Ontario ethanol production drops with low prices and demand

The move by Ontario producers follows deeper reductions in the U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated April 1, 2020 As prices and demand for ethanol slump amidst the ongoing pandemic, fuel producers are reducing – or temporarily stopping – production. At IGPC Ethanol in Aylmer production continues, albeit at a reduced capacity. Ashton Nembhard, chief executive and operations officer for IGPC, says demand liftings are “off a minimum of 30 […] Read more


Consumers are demanding new packaging including less plastic when taking food home from restaurants.

Connecting with consumers: Food trends for 2020

Consumers are changing their food-buying habits and adopting new attitudes toward food technology

Reading Time: 2 minutes Consumer preferences are changing rapidly and the trends that are showing up illustrate those changes. Nourish Network has identified nine food trends for 2020 that will also affect farmers, in everything from packaging to science and entertainment. Why it matters: Consumer trends eventually filter down to farmers and the products they sell. Jo-Ann McArthur, president […] Read more

Workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China.

China announces step forward on African swine fever vaccine

The pork sector has welcomed news that a viable ASF vaccine might be in the works out of China, but it’s early days yet

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The world may be one step closer to a workable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), but one expert warns that a local debut is a long way off — if the vaccine makes it to Canada at all. According to a research article, recently published in a Chinese science journal, researchers […] Read more

Scharringa acclaimed as new CFFO president

Former president Clarence Nywening will serve as interim general manager

Reading Time: < 1 minute Provincial delegates have acclaimed a new president for the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO). This year’s annual business meeting was held March 24, 2020, via remote communications. Ed Scharringa will now lead the CFFO as president. Scharringa has been vice president of the organization and has served on the CFFO board of directors for […] Read more


The opportunities are many, but the technical limitations to rolling out huge data speeds in rural areas remain daunting.

5G and the future of farming

The challenges of moving a new technology into rural areas could create new partnerships and opportunities

Reading Time: 6 minutes Users of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phone will be the first to have access to 5G technology in Canada. Rural residents and farmers will have to wait much longer – if the technology ever arrives. Rogers announced in early March that it is rolling out 5G networks in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, with 20 […] Read more

Ideas conference goes virtual due to COVID-19

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alltech is making its large ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference a virtual event for 2020. The feed and inputs company hosts about 3,500 attendees from 70 countries in Kentucky for the conference each year to explore ideas and solutions for the global food supply chain. It is scheduled for May 17-19. “Our first priority remains […] Read more