The Ontario Food Terminal is the main hub for produce marketing in the province.

Ontario Food Terminal pushed to find more revenue, modernize

Food terminal review aims to find ways to improve its operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes The province has provided guidance to the Ontario Food Terminal after a review of its operations found it is missing some business opportunities and that its location limits its ability to expand and supply the rest of the province. The review was conducted by consulting firm MNP. Ernie Hardeman, the minister of Agriculture, Food and […] Read more

Provincial government looking into consumer harassment

More protection from trespassers needed

Reading Time: 1 minute Recent trespassers on a Southern Alberta turkey farm continues to raise the question to farmers within Ontario and Canada as to when this type of harassment will be stopped. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Premier Doug Ford recently spoke to Farmtario at the Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show about this […] Read more

Ontario launches Excellence in Agriculture program

Reading Time: 1 minute Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced that the Excellence in Agriculture program is open for applications and now includes a new category to recognize outstanding young farmers. The Excellence in Agriculture program recognizes agri-food innovations and advancements that demonstrate leadership, product development or technology advancement that will benefit the […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman, Ontario minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.

Agriculture minister says progress made on reducing bureaucratic burdens

After a year in power, Ernie Hardeman touts attention to mental health by OMAFRA

Reading Time: 3 minutes The provincial Conservative government has found the first steps it has taken to reduce bureaucracy for farmers to be obvious and easy ones. After consultations “the things that were brought forward we could do without difficulty to make life easier,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs in an interview to […] Read more

Former Ontario Tory ag critic returns to file as assistant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Premier Doug Ford has added a second veteran MPP to assist Ag Minister Ernie Hardeman with the agriculture, food and rural affairs portfolio. Ford on Wednesday named Toby Barrett as parliamentary assistant to the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, with responsibility for agriculture and food. Randy Pettapiece, who since June last year […] Read more


The board chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers is appointed by the province.

Former OMAFRA manager appointed OPVG chair

Dave Hope succeeds Suzanne van Bommel as appointed chair of the processing vegetable board

Reading Time: 1 minute Dave Hope has been named as the new chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) board. Hope succeeds Suzanne van Bommel in the position after van Bommel’s recent resignation. Hope is a retired assistant deputy minister of OMAFRA, and a former mixed livestock farmer. He was raised on an eighth-generation farm in Ontario, said […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.

Hardeman looks for ways to reduce barriers to agriculture growth

The new Ontario agriculture minister supports a continued review of business risk management programs

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s the second time around for Ontario new agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman and he sees a lot of the same challenges in Ontario agriculture as he did before. “Obviously the principles of what we want to do are the same — build on the good agriculture system we have in Ontario. But there is always […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman is Premier Doug Ford's choice as agriculture minister and joins many other rural MPPs in cabinet.

Rural Ontario gets half of cabinet positions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ernie Hardeman is Ontario’s new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. The agriculture ministry is a familiar role for Hardeman, who was agriculture minister in Mike Harris’ Conservative government from 1999 to 2001. Along with Hardeman, many other rural MPPs received significant portfolios Friday from Premier Doug Ford, bringing a voice for rural Ontarians […] Read more