Burnbrae operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada.

Burnbrae solar farm wins Excellence in Agriculture award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Burnbrae Farms is one of the recipients of the Ontario government’s Excellence in Agriculture awards. The province made the announcement at the start of the recent Ontario Agriculture Week. Burnbrae Farms operates the largest solar-powered egg farm in Canada, operating off the electricity grid. Four barns use high-efficiency motors, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure […] Read more

The federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard is poised to increase the demand for biofuels.

Editorial: When good policy is foiled by bad additions

Biodiversity provisions are unworkable in clean fuel standards

Reading Time: 3 minutes The increase in demand for biofuels coming from the federal government’s Clean Fuel Standard should be a cause for celebration for farmers, but there’s concerning fine print in the regulations. It can be argued that ethanol policy over the past 20 years has been the most successful farm support program in history. It created a […] Read more

There are increasing demands to certify – and pay farmers – for growing crops in ways that fit definitions like “regenerative”.

Low-carbon plan aims for premiums

Agriculture companies increasingly see carbon scoring as opportunity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – What does it take to produce a bushel of grain? How much fertilizer, fuel, chemical and carbon? These are questions a new company — Gro Network — hopes to answer. If things go as planned, farmers who participate in Gro Network’s low-carbon grain scoring program will receive premium pricing for every bushel […] Read more

Cover crops grow in wheat stubble.

The economics of cover crops

Ridgetown research highlights profitability gains and losses in grain and vegetable systems

Reading Time: 2 minutes The impact of cover crops on profit margins is a long-contested subject, but new data from the University of Guelph shows some clear winners and losers. Vegetable crop yields, specifically, benefit most – grains not so much, unless farmers get credit for carbon sequestration. Studies showing the economic costs and benefits of cover crops exist, […] Read more

North American business development manager for Dairypower Equipment, Adam Steward, explained the features of the company’s Smart Manure Aeration System during a barn tour at Sigview Farms near Moorefield.

Continually agitated manure system launches in North America

Irish-developed system installed in new Wellington County dairy barn

Reading Time: 4 minutes In an innovative new dairy barn near Moorefield, the centuries-old practice of composting solid manure is being combined with a new-to-North-America approach to continually agitating liquid manure. On May 12, Kristina and Simon Signer moved their 53 Brown Swiss from a tie-stall set-up in the Sigview Farms bank barn to a new composting bedded pack […] 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

René Sahba Shahmohamadloo is shown in the video produced for the Food System Vision prize.

University proposal among food system prize semifinalists

Researchers hope vision for 2020 will be worthy of $200,000

Reading Time: 3 minutes Two researchers from the University of Guelph have reached the semifinalist stage of a $2-million competition striving for a more environmentally conscious future of food. The proposal, submitted by a professor and a PhD student from University of Guelph’s School of the Environmental Sciences, calls for “truly integrative agricultural practices” throughout southwestern Ontario by 2050, […] Read more

Pollinators are an area of interest for companies looking to make an environmental impact.

How green products are spreading around the world

From protecting pollinating insects to cutting the hoofprint of cashmere-producing goats, companies are aiming greener

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thomson Reuters Foundation – From helping Mongolia’s goat herders produce cashmere more efficiently to counting insects on “biodiversity plots” planted on farms, some of the world’s biggest brands are blazing a trail with innovative efforts to nurture nature. Sustainability researchers say businesses have shown a surge of interest in limiting the harm their operations do […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.

McCain builds farms to showcase sustainable practices

The company has committed to reducing the impact of its potato operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier Farmmedia – McCain Foods says it is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. […] Read more

Climate change has consequences for agriculture worldwide.

Researchers say free trade can help climate change hunger

Science Notes: Climate change will impact regions in different ways

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers from KU Leuven, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and RTI International investigated the effects of trade on hunger in the world as a result of climate change. They found that international trade can compensate for regional food shortages and reduce hunger, particularly when protectionist measures and other barriers to trade are […] Read more