Agricultural societies, like the Paris Fair, have access to funding even without hosting a 2020 fair.

Fair funds help Ontario ag societies survive

Larger organizations that host many events in a year are hurting financially

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recent OMAFRA funding for agricultural and horticultural societies will help, but larger exhibitions are having serious challenges. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) expanded the eligibility for agriculture societies’ annual grant application to help offset the financial losses brought on by COVID-19. For 2020 nearly $1 million are available to all […] 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

The meeting was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

Agriculture Youth Council holds first meeting

Reading Time: < 1 minute Glacier FarmMedia – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, hosted the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council on Sept. 3. The 25-member council is sharing with the minister their aspirations for a sustainable and prosperous agriculture and agri-food sector. The council is expected to offer suggestions for the Liberal government recovery plan […] Read more

Provincial trespassing bills watched by federal minister

Farmers should not be threatened for feeding Canadians, says minister

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – At least four provinces have strengthened or are looking to strengthen their trespassing legislation, but the federal government said it will look to support producers in other ways. “It has to be done at the provincial level, but I’m following it closely because this is something that I care about,” said Minister […] Read more

Letters: Stop the ‘neverendum’ on nuclear waste in South Bruce

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dear editor, I want to start by giving credit to Mr. Tony Zettel (a member of the South Bruce DGR-Willing to Listen organization). He is an eloquent writer and indeed seems very passionate about what he describes as a DGR (Deep Geological Reserve). He has argued in many letters that the DGR is an “opportunity” […] Read more

CEBA program extended to Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Emergency Business Account program (CEBA), which was due to wind up Aug. 31 has been extended to Oct. 31. The program has been helpful to some farmers, but not to many others who have expressed frustration with the reasons for rejection by the government agencies administering the program. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister […] Read more

A dry bean research plot at the Huron Research Station.

Desiccant options continue to decline for dry beans

Use of chemicals on dry beans increasingly depends on requirements of end users

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario dry bean growers continue to search for alternatives to use as a desiccant after buyers rejected the further use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest burndown in 2019. Limitations on other chemicals are beginning to follow. Why it matters: Farmers need to be vigilant on weed control with dry and edible beans as desiccant restrictions […] Read more

“If there’s one criticism this year it’s for a little more rain, but it’s a fine balance.” – Matthias Oppenlaender.

Good quality grape harvest faces uncertain market

Ontario wineries have seen some rebound in local traffic

Reading Time: 3 minutes A hot, dry growing season that is producing higher -quality grapes isn’t completely good news for Ontario producers and winemakers. Those same conditions are also producing lower yields, and the market demand for wines made from premium quality grapes is declining as consumers quench their pandemic thirst by buying cheaper blended wines. Why it matters: […] Read more

Leslyn Lewis finished third in the Conservative leadership competition.

Lewis’s success could be win for producers

The defeated but rising Conservative candidate had the most detailed agriculture platform

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The biggest win for Canadian producers arising from the Conservative party leadership race may come from one of the contest’s losers. Erin O’Toole won the leadership bid, beating out his chief rival, Peter MacKay. During the campaign, the two offered nearly identical and fairly mundane platforms for the agricultural sector. Why it […] Read more

Soybean production across Canada is projected to slip by 1.4 per cent in 2020.

More corn, less soy predicts Statistics Canada

Acreage is down, but there’s the potential for higher yields in Eastern Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Statistics Canada’s latest round of expectations for the 2020 harvest calls for more corn and less soy than in 2019, with higher yields offsetting lower planted acres for both crops. Why it matters: Yield estimates can help farmers and markets plan for the coming harvest. In its production of principal field crops […] Read more