New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

Resilient Fields is a free web-based tool that simplifies decision-making

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no shortage of information available to farmers to help them make management decisions on-farm, but often this information results in mixed messages, and can even be conflicting. The information is often broad in scope, while many challenges farmers face can be field-specific.  That’s why Al Mussel, research lead with Agri-food Economic Systems and […] Read more

Cherry orchards are one area where agriculture technology company IntelliCulture is working.

Ag society turns funding efforts to ag-tech start-ups

First recipient offers technology that assists high-value orchards

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new type of investment in agriculture technology is being made by the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) which takes it into new territory for an agricultural society. Why it matters: There isn’t a lot of flexible investment available to mid startup stage agriculture companies and several groups are working to find original ways – […] Read more

Although Canada has the potential to lead in the cellular sector, it lacks significant investment in engineering biology education or research.

Cellular agriculture makes waves in protein production

Canadian government investment, cellular food policy strategy and regulation are missing yet

Reading Time: 4 minutes Scalable cell-based meat production is a reality now that the world’s first industrial cultured meat facility has been launched.  Israel-based Future Meat Technologies (FMT) opened its plant last month and aims to have products on the market by 2022. The facility marks new market potential to compete against traditional agriculture and aquaculture sectors.  Why it matters: […] Read more

Ultraviolet light is widely used in food sanitation because it can be tuned to inactivate microbes without damaging food, such as the fresh cucumber in this test.

UV light holds grain decontamination potential

Researchers want to build pilot-scale UV sanitation unit to test stored grain

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Tatiana Koutchma foresees a slew of new applications for ultraviolet sanitation, whether it’s helping to keep meat packing lines free of SARS-CoV-2 or knocking fusarium fungus out of grain. “Before we only had lamps as a source of UV light,” she said. “Now, we have LEDs. They are small, flexible and their […] Read more

Opinion: Robot farmers could improve jobs, help fight climate change — if they’re developed responsibly

Opinion: Robot farmers could improve jobs, help fight climate change — if they’re developed responsibly

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farming robots that can move autonomously in an open field or greenhouse promise a cleaner, safer agricultural future. But there are also potential downsides, from the loss of much-needed jobs to the safety of those working alongside the robots. To ensure the use of autonomous robots on farms creates more benefits than losses, a process […] Read more

An Ontario company aims to reduce food waste by limiting foreign objects found in meat at the processing plant using its optical system.

Challenging their way to innovative food waste solutions

Competitions are becoming a popular way to encourage new technologies in agriculture and food

Reading Time: 3 minutes Challenge competitions are increasingly becoming popular ways to boost innovation. The idea is to harness the ideas and creativity of a broad audience of innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs in hopes of coming up with out-of-the-box solutions to tough problems.  Why it matters: A “challenge” approach to research and innovation brings new perspectives and ideas to […] Read more

Ontario company buys second autonomous power unit

Reading Time: < 1 minute Haggerty AgRobotics has purchased its second OmniPower unit to provide autonomous farming operations in Ontario. “Labour shortage concerns within our local growers have really elevated the need for more automation and robotics on the farm,” said Chuck Baresich, president of Haggerty AgRobotics. Haggerty Creek Ltd., an established company delivering grain and crop input needs for […] Read more

“I always tell small businesses and individuals the most dangerous thing that you’re going to do today is open email.” – Ritesh Kotak.

Cyber shield your farm: Tightening up the digital safety network

Agribusinesses are becoming a target for cyberattacks, but there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk

Reading Time: 4 minutes The recent cyberattack on the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS S.A., sends a clear message that agriculture is not immune to cybercrime.  The JBS attack earlier this month is the largest such crime to date against an agri-food business. It affected company operations in the U.S., Canada and Australia, forcing 13 of its U.S. […] Read more

Co-founder and Chief Veterinary Officer of Obi Veterinary Education, Ryan Appleby, says the winnings from the Guelph LAIRR competition will help expand its offerings.

New micro-learning platform for veterinarians wins pitch competition

Obi Veterinary Education helps veterinarians stay up-to-date without in-person learning

Reading Time: 3 minutes An online platform that makes continuing education quicker and easier for veterinarians won the 2021 University of Guelph Gryphon’s LAAIR pitch competition.  Obi Veterinary Education has created an online community where subscribers can complete required continuing education credits in short, easily digestible blocks of information. “The idea came from the challenges I faced in school […] Read more

Soil road trip app ready for July 1

Soil road trip app ready for July 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers will be able to explore fields across Ontario this summer thanks to a new, free app that will allow them to view cover crops, min-till, amendments, and innovation for soil health.  The free Ontario Soil Road Trip app will be launched and available for iOS and Android in time for the July long weekend. […] Read more