The water erosion map outlines for farmers the potential for water erosion within their field under different farming practices.

OMAFRA launches new AgMaps tool

The map helps farmers understand the water erosion potential of their fields

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new program involving Ontario’s Agricultural Information Atlas, commonly known as AgMaps, helps farmers determine the soil erosion potential of their fields. The water erosion potential map has been in the making for years. It takes advantage of information previously within the AgMaps portal and recently collected LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) remote survey data […] Read more

Michael Taschuk, chief technology officer and founder of G2V, with Ryan Tucker, chief executive officer, talk at the G2V production facility.

G2V Optics shows power of light with new ag technology

The company’s lighting can help grow high value, rare crops in indoor vertical farms

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A quickly growing Canadian tech company is set to expand its agricultural platform, using the power of light to help the industry diversify. G2V Optics is launching perihelion light systems, and planned to present it at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 17-18, although the summit was cancelled […] Read more

Preliminary data from a new study suggests that different soil health measurements will be required, depending on intrinsic soil qualities and management.

Soil health measurement project seeks standard set of indicators

The North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements hopes to recommend scientifically sound indicators

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Soil health measurements can vary widely depending on management practices, show early results from a North American study. Paul Tracy, who manages the non-profit Soil Health Institute’s project to assess 31 indicators of soil health in all three countries, said agricultural and environmental interests are promoting lots of measurement systems and indicators. […] Read more

Dairy farmers could learn from greenhouse growers about recycling nutrients and materials.

Could Ontario agriculture be a carbon sink?

Professor says it could be done today – if enough imagination and will is employed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Could agriculture be a net-zero carbon emitter, or even a carbon sink? According to Vern Osborne, professor of animal biosciences at the University of Guelph, the answer is yes — and it could be done today, with current technology. During a presentation at the Precision Agriculture Conference in London, Osborne detailed the future of […] Read more

Moving more land into hay and pasture can make organic transition easier.

Hay and forage can help ease organic transition

A program in eastern Ontario aims to help farmers going through the three-year period before certification

Reading Time: 3 minutes Having a plan for making money from either hay or pasture can significantly ease the financial strain of transitioning from conventional to organic production. That was one message delivered by Semican seed company agronomist Valerie Yoder, during a presentation Jan. 25 at the annual Guelph Organic Conference. Why it matters: Certified organic crops offer a […] Read more

Brian Hyland, ESCIA president, left, Richard Paquette, his father Robert Paquette and Michael Dick representing Essex Region Conservation Authority were part of the presentation of the Conservation Farm Award to the Paquette family.

Paquette Farms wins conservation award

Farm uses minimal-impact tillage and pays attention to precision nutrient application

Reading Time: < 1 minute A dedication to low-soil-impact practices won Paquette Farms the 2019 Conservation Farm Award. The family was presented with the award at the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association (ESCIA) Annual Meeting in December. The award is presented each year to the farming operation which best displays conservation-minded farming practices from those nominated. The farms are […] Read more

Opinion: Corporate interest makes sustainability in agriculture tangible

Marketplace initiatives will sink or swim by virtue of consumer support

Reading Time: 3 minutes It didn’t take long for a young cattle rancher from Saskatchewan to capture the audience’s attention at the Canada 2020 National Forum on Agri-Food in Ottawa in the fall. “For me, the word ‘sustainability’ is synonymous with McDonald’s,” said Adrienne Ivey, who is part of a family corporation managing 3,000 beef cattle on a 10,000-acre […] Read more

Studies have shown millennial consumers are also more likely to spend more of their food dollar eating out. They support more artisanal and organic options as well.

Comment: Farmers as price makers instead of price takers

When their buyer said their produce was too expensive, this farm business changed the conversation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers are conditioned to see themselves as price-takers. They take the price that is charged for their fertilizer and seed and they take the price that’s offered for their production. But as one of the speakers at the recent Summit on Climate Action in Food Systems in Kelowna illustrated, it’s possible to overcome the “lowest […] Read more

David McInnes, left, talked about barriers to building a Canada brand with Tiffany Stephenson, Deborah Wilson and Michael Graydon at the recent Arrell Food Summit in Toronto.

Building the Canada brand

Better information, more diverse opinions and more flexible policy are key to gaining global advantage: report

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are three critical priorities for Canada to achieve a national food brand that’s built on food safety, trust and sustainability, says Canada 2020. The think tank recently released the results of a process that involved talking to 600 agriculture sector stakeholders about what was needed, said David McInnes, a senior fellow with Canada 2020. […] Read more

Sustainable agriculture organization expands to Canada

Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations

Reading Time: < 1 minute Field to Market, an organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture, recently announced its expansion into Canada. Stakeholders have access to a streamlined approach to conduct continuous improvement projects, strengthening the ability for companies to meet their sustainable sourcing objectives and science-based targets. Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations. It has developed a science-driven […] Read more