Coming soon to a menu near you? Lab-grown steak for eco-conscious diners

An Israel-based company plans to be first to produce steak in a lab

Reading Time: 2 minutes Israel | Reuters – Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into consumer concerns about health, the environment and animal welfare. While lab-grown hamburgers and chicken are already in development around the world, Israel’s Aleph Farms claims to be […] Read more

Brett Schuyler checks new apples that are just starting to appear in the orchards.

Sheep complement fruit production on Ontario farm

The Schuylers raise sheep, maintain apple and cherry orchards and grow corn, soybeans and wheat

Reading Time: 4 minutes When farmers are told they have a good story to tell, a prime example may be found at Simcoe, Ont. Schuyler Farms is a diversified livestock, crop and fruit farm owned by brothers Marshall and Drew Schuyler, and Marshall’s sons Brett and Ryan. They grow about 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, maintain 1,200 […] Read more

Tamaran and Matt Mousseau raise Longhorns and Herefords on their farm near Hillsburgh.

Young farmers jump into direct marketing with on-farm stores

Ontario producers see the benefit of events and local food networks, and their hard work is paying off

Reading Time: 6 minutes Some young farmers are making direct-to-consumer sales an important part of their farm business plan. They’re using creative thinking on events and bringing new skills to the expansion of their businesses. Why it matters: Direct to consumer marketing can be an effective way for farmers to get more of the food dollar. But they have […] Read more

Dairy Distillery received its Agriculture Excellence Award at the farm of Evan Porteous, left. Also shown are Anthony Seed (distribution), Minister Ernie Hardeman, Neal McCarten (distiller/director of operations), Omid McDonald (founder and CEO of Dairy Distillery) and MPP Jim McDonell.

EFAO, Dairy Distillery win first Excellence in Agriculture Awards

The awards recognize leaders in innovation in the agriculture sector in Ontario

Reading Time: 2 minutes A farmer organization taking research to the farmer level, and a unique alcohol made from dairy products are the first winners of the inaugural Excellence in Agriculture Awards. The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) won the first Excellence in Agriculture award for organizations and Dairy Distillery, which is making vodka from milk, won the […] Read more

Processing tomato exports over the past 10 years. Note that Heinz’s Leamington plant shut down in the middle of this time period. (Tomato juice, past and procuts (incl. ketchup). Source: OMAFRA International Trade Database Adapted from Statistics Canada, Economic Anaylsis Unit)

Processing tomato export numbers debated

Where are all the tomatoes going?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The processing tomato market was upended in 2013 when Heinz, the province’s largest processor left. The health of the sector since is being hotly debated. Hardeman recently tweeted a graph that showed a large decline in processing tomato exports from Ontario. In 2008, Ontario exported $75 million worth of processed tomato products (juice, paste and […] Read more

Tyler Whale spoke to the attendees of the recent Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers conference.

Canadian agriculture needs technology to innovate

Next innovators will need to look beyond yield and to what consumers are demanding

Reading Time: 2 minutes Will the next Canadian agricultural technological revolution focus on yield or taste? According to Tyler Whale, president of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, an organization focused on technological development in food and agriculture, Canada’s farm and food sector must consider more than yield, stress tolerance, and other production factors to stay competitive and relevant to market demands. […] Read more

Rob Wong of Agri-Neo.

Made-in-Ontario food safety treatment for dry foods now used across North America

Product helps reduce food safety issues on foods that can’t be otherwise sanitized before consumption

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Ontario company has developed a biodegradable organic sanitizer specifically to eliminate microbes on dry foods like seeds, nuts, and powders. Foods treated with Neo-Pure are now sold in major grocers across North America, including Loblaw, Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s — and new technology for treating wheat flour is in the pipeline. “Most […] Read more

Most small organic producers sell some of their goods at farmers’ markets.

Ontario organic bill again introduced in legislature

Survey shows barriers exist to small-producer certification

Reading Time: 2 minutes The creation of organic regulations for Ontario is getting a third chance. A private members bill to create organic regulations was tabled Nov. 12 in the Ontario legislature by Progressive Conservative Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. Why it matters: There are national organic standards that apply to products sold across provincial borders, but no […] Read more

Jim Soetmans, left, Laura Soetmans, Mary Donkers and Joe Donkers are owners of Stonepicker Brewing near Forest.

On-farm breweries grow

A hobby has turned into a growing business for a couple of Lambton County farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes You can’t mistake the fact you’re arriving at an on-farm brewery when you arrive at Stonepicker Brewing. There’s the McCormick Deering antique tractor at the end of the lane, the idled hog barn you pass on the way to the brewery building and the 1933 Case C hanging from the wall above the bar when […] Read more

Adzuki bean size is an issue in Ontario, but bean breeders are working to improve it.

Breeders look to bump up adzuki bean yield

The high-value bean consistently yields less than other edible beans, but breeders are trying to change that

Reading Time: < 1 minute Adzuki beans are prized by Japanese buyers for taste and colour and used in many Asian foods, including soups and desserts. But it’s hard to convince growers in Ontario to plant them because of their lower yield. There’s not much doubt about the lower yield, says Chris Gillard, an associate professor at the University of […] Read more