Jordan and Alex McKay of Port Perry, Ont. and families produce fruit, vegetables and meat for direct-to-consumer sales.

Brothers Jordan and Alex McKay embrace change and diversification

Their farm in the Port Perry area has grown significantly in fruits and vegetables

Diversification has been key to the success of Jordan and Alex McKay’s family farm at Port Perry, Ontario and is a big reason the brothers have been named as Ontario and Canada’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers (OFY). The McKays and Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms in Manitoba were chosen as National Winners […] Read more

An international team of more than three dozen researchers published a paper showing the potential of citizen science in agriculture and food research.

Citizen science can play role in addressing agricultural challenges

Science Notes: Local sampling and input can play a role in making agriculture research more efficient

An international team of more than three dozen researchers has published a paper highlighting the potential of citizen science to address pressing research challenges in agriculture and food systems. One key to capitalizing on such efforts, the researchers find, may be to build stronger ties between citizen science and agricultural extension efforts. “We define citizen […] Read more

Democrat-led House seen backing Trump’s China trade war

The Democrats are also expected to seek greater input into trade talks with allies

Reuters – The new Democrat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to back President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and could even egg him on, but will offer tougher scrutiny of his negotiations with allies, trade experts and lawmakers say. Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods to […] Read more

The second phase of the federal government's support program opens on Jan. 7, 2019.

Next dairy support program changes format

The second part of the program will have two application stages in order to give more farmers a chance

The second phase of the federal government’s program to help dairy farmers adapt to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe will attempt to make the program available to more farmers. The first phase of the program was filled rapidly, as farmers with ready projects, were able, with help from their suppliers, to […] Read more

Farmers Pharmacy will be located in this building in Cambridge.

First Ontario livestock pharmacy opens

The new pharmacy will give farmers an alternative to only buying antimicrobials from a veterinarian

Farmers will now have an alternative to purchasing antibiotics from their veterinarian with the opening of the first independent agriculture pharmacy in Ontario. The GVF group of companies, which includes the Grand Valley Fortifiers feed manufacturer and Farmers Farmacy animal health and equipment supply company, received approval to launch Farmers Pharmacy Rx, a dispensary for […] Read more

David Epp is a board member of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers who farms near Leamington.

Processing vegetable growers elections contentious

Some growers at a district meeting of the organization walked out, but returned in time to vote

Ontario’s processing vegetable growers are pushing back against the provincial government’s takeover of their association’s board of directors in 2016. Resolutions coming to the annual meeting of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) include ones calling for the replacement of the members of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and for an investigation into cancellation […] Read more

OFA President Keith Currie.

Currie acclaimed as OFA president

The OFA’s Producing Prosperity program will be moving to the national level

Keith Currie has been acclaimed as president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for another one-year term. Currie will be joined by re-elected vice presidents Peggy Brekveld and Mark Reusser. Drew Spoelstra will be the other executive member, as elected by the board of directors. Hugh Simpson was elected as the member-at-large by the delegates […] Read more

Brittney Livingston, Andrew Mazurka and their sons Travis (standing) and Emmett, at the entrance to the barn housing horses and artisanal chicken near Hillsburgh.

Niche chicken program grows

The artisanal chicken program supplies local markets and allows farmers to diversify

Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s artisanal chicken program continues to grow, with 2018 participants close to double the first year of the program, launched in 2016. The program was created after calls for the CFO to be more responsive to demands for chicken produced locally, using methods alternative to conventional broiler barns. Why it matters: The […] Read more

U.S. farmers are receiving subsidies from their government because of the U.S.’s trade war with various countries.

USDA says nearly $840 million in aid paid to farmers to date

Farmers are complaining that the compensation falls short of their losses

Washington | Reuters – The United States Department of Agriculture has paid out nearly US$840 million to farmers to date as part of a promised $12 billion aid program rolled out by President Donald Trump last July to offset losses from the imposition of tariffs on American exports. A total of $837.8 million to date […] Read more

Opinion: Creating a base for trust isn’t easy

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

Last week agriculture leaders, experts, government officials, farmers and academics gathered in Gatineau, Que., for a two-day conference to talk about public trust. It’s a hot topic, a reality quickly confirmed by the full house it attracted. But what does public trust actually mean? In broad terms, public trust is the idea that a person […] Read more