Farmers often work together to plant, maintain and harvest Foodgrains bank crops.

COVID-19 leads to cancellation of Foodgrains Bank fundraising events

There’s hope for good harvests from the charity’s sites with decent weather this spring

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is feeling the pressures of COVID-19. The organization is devoted to providing food in times of crisis to hungry people in the developing world, but has seen some of its fundraising decline without the ability to host its usual concerts and dinners, due to COVID-19. It’s finding, however, that individual donations […] Read more

Editorial: Bayer puts faith in science in lawsuit settlement

Reading Time: 3 minutes Legal systems can be strange and expensive, especially in the United States where it seems that it’s less expensive to pay massive sums to settle disputes, even if you expect you will be exonerated by scientific proof. Bayer CropScience announced recently it was paying more than $10 billion because of lawsuits relating to the use […] Read more

Data hacks usually start with a human making a mistake at a keyboard which gives hackers an entry point to a computer system.

Inoculating farms against computer hacks

Researchers say few farmers take any steps to protect their data

Reading Time: 6 minutes Agriculture pays little attention to computer system security even though it will be an increasing threat as farms get larger, technology use increases and global actors look to disrupt food systems. That means that agriculture is well behind other important sectors of the economy in protecting its computer networks, says a cybersecurity researcher. The Agromart […] Read more

Each livestock sector faces its own unique threats, including African swine fever in pigs.

Opinion: Dare to be dull

Canada’s livestock sector can learn from pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes At a social gathering some years ago, a friend listened to the many crazy things going on in people’s lives and he stated that we should “dare to be dull”. He meant we should focus on the important things. On a related note, I am sure you have heard the old saying “May you live […] Read more

Clockwise from left: Alexis Kuper, Emily Kyle, Sarah Kiar, and Patrick Verkley.

First Rural Change Makers cohort announced

Class members will learn how to have an impact on their communities

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Rural Ontario Institute has announced the cohort for the Rural Change Makers pilot project. Eighteen people aged 19 to 29 were selected from across the province to be part of the program. The goal of the program is to grow the capacity of young adults to serve as change makers and to strengthen rural […] Read more


Green's Meat Market and Abattoir in Wingham, which burned June 24, 2020.

Wingham abattoir destroyed by fire

Green's Meat Market has for years provided meat processing for farmers serving local markets

Reading Time: < 1 minute An abattoir serving northern Huron and southern Bruce counties has been destroyed by fire, leaving area farmers with fewer meat processing options. Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir, in Wingham, had about 70 carcasses hanging for processing at the time of the fire, according to Midwestern Newspapers. A passerby noticed flames coming from the building at […] Read more

Wheat pests are still a concern

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 25

Reading Time: 3 minutes True armyworm (TAW) larvae are in many winter wheat and spring cereal fields across southern Ontario, thankfully not always at threshold. Some fields have populations at threshold (4-5 unparasitized larvae smaller than 2.5 cm per square foot) or above and with minimal feeding damage. Larvae sometimes choose not to do as much feeding and move […] Read more

Exhibitors compete in the Holstein show during the 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The Royal cancelled for 2020

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair had been scheduled for November

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has cancelled its 2020 event, only the second time the Royal has not been held in 100 years. The risk to the safety of exhibitors and attendees from COVID-19 eventually made the decision for the board of directors. “Over the past several months, we’ve all experienced an unprecedented disruption to […] Read more


Canada’s Digital Farm Show will feature equipment and crop demonstrations along with a focus on innovations.

Digital show to deliver Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show experience to farmers

Equipment, crop demonstrations and networking will continue, but will be delivered digitally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has launched a new digital event to serve as a virtual meeting place for hundreds of agricultural companies and thousands of farmers. With dozens of Ontario agricultural events cancelled into the fall of 2020, Canada’s Digital Farm Show will serve as a meeting place for farmers and the sector. Why it matters: There […] Read more

Due to a data breach carried out by a computer hacker group, Agromart has offered to track the credit of affected farmers.

Farmers tracking personal information after computer breach

Computer hackers have increased their activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent computer system breach at an Ontario crop inputs company resulted in the posting for sale of private information of farmers. Parts of the Agromart Group’s computer system were breached and locked in late May by the Revil hacker group. Agromart refused to pay a ransom and the hackers then decided to auction off […] Read more