Province helps fairs with funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. About $1 million will be made available to all qualifying agricultural and horticultural societies to help ensure operations. In previous years, […] Read more

Livestock Central tackles challenges and looks at opportunities

Preview: Canada's Digital Farm Show, Sept. 15-18

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted every industry, and there’s no better time to sit down and see where each one is headed. Livestock Central will feature different livestock-related topics through webinars, sessions and panels. In Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show fashion, this area will feature the latest technology, products and research. Livestock Central Programming […] Read more

Editorial: Crises will push you out of your comfort zone quickly

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re all being pushed into new and sometimes challenging experiences during COVID-19, me included. The movement and personal contact restrictions made necessary by the pandemic have changed how journalists work, including how we’re able to tell stories at Farmtario. Major events in world history have pushed people beyond their comfort zones and that’s helped drive […] Read more

Canada’s Digital Farm Show follows outdoor tradition

Reading Time: < 1 minute A 27-year track record of connecting farmers and agribusiness is bringing long-standing and new exhibitors to Canada’s Digital Farm Show. Canada’s Digital Farm Show, which takes place Sept. 15 – 18, is a digital-only edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, which has been held annually since 1994. Activities at the show site near Woodstock, ON […] Read more

The Norwood Fall Fair is a popular local event, including a midway.

34 Ontario fairs cancelled due to COVID-19

Community safety and financial risk cited as reasons not to run in 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many agricultural societies across Ontario have cancelled their 2020 fairs due to continued concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Vince Brennan, manager with the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS), says that as of April 29, 34 of the 214 fairs that are members of the OAAS have officially cancelled their events for the year. […] Read more


Ideas conference goes virtual due to COVID-19

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alltech is making its large ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference a virtual event for 2020. The feed and inputs company hosts about 3,500 attendees from 70 countries in Kentucky for the conference each year to explore ideas and solutions for the global food supply chain. It is scheduled for May 17-19. “Our first priority remains […] Read more

The seed competition is a long-standing part of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show.

Ottawa farm show, March Classic cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Large agriculture events shuttered as part of COVID-19 control measures

Reading Time: < 1 minute The need to limit large gatherings of people due to COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of two of Ontario’s largest agriculture events. The Ottawa Valley Farm Show and the Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic were both cancelled March 13 after provincial government guidance limiting events with large numbers of visitors in order to reduce […] Read more

The Jan. 7-8 conference will include 44 different sessions on a range of topics from cereals to soybeans.

How to make the most of the Southwest Ag Conference next month

Here are some session suggestions that may bump up your SWAC experience

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Southwest Ag Conference continues to be the leading crops-focused conference in the province, drawing farmers from across Ontario, but also, increasingly being viewed remotely online. The conference, which takes place at Ridgetown College, University of Guelph, Jan. 7 and 8, 2020 will be home to 44 different sessions sprinkled over the two days. Farmtario […] Read more


Ag in Motion continues to grow in fifth anniversary year

Reading Time: 3 minutes In its fifth anniversary year, Ag in Motion welcomed 30,474 attendees through the gates and featured 552 exhibitors. Wednesday, July 17 was the biggest day on record for the show in its five-year history, with attendance reaching 12,660. “The show just continues to grow,” says Show Director Rob O’Connor. “We’re up to 552 exhibitors – […] Read more

Rabies vaccinations and livestock fairs to be simplified

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government has proposed simplifying the rule that resulted in many 4-H animals having to be vaccinated for rabies before they were taken to local fairs. The regulations implemented by the previous Liberal government required that animals that came in contact with the public had to be vaccinated. The regulation said that as long […] Read more