An adult western corn rootworm.

The challenge with Bt

Insects are developing resistance to the formerly bulletproof building block of corn hybrid traits

Reading Time: 4 minutes The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a ban on some Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and cotton hybrid traits in an effort to slow the proliferation of resistant pests. In Canada, where the number of control options is limited, this move might be a cause for concern. Why it matters: Tools to control […] Read more

Cameron Ogilvie is knowledge mobilization co-ordinator with Soils at Guelph.

Cover crops reduce nitrate leaching

40-year rotation trials find diverse rotation makes for more resilient crops

Reading Time: 2 minutes Research findings released recently from the Soil Health Monitoring Station at Elora, Ont. suggest including cover crops in a rotation could significantly reduce nitrate leaching. Using soil lysimeters installed at the Soil Health Monitoring Stage in 2016, researchers are exploring how crop rotations impact soil emissions. The lysimeters are large steel drums installed in ground […] Read more

Equipment operator programs will also teach some maintenance.

Agriculture education evolves to fit modern needs

Colleges are offering shorter courses in regional settings to help fill the need for practical skills

Colleges are offering shorter courses in regional settings to help fill the need for practical skills

Reading Time: 5 minutes Post-secondary agriculture education in Ontario is diversifying to meet the labour and skill needs of the industry. Shorter, concentrated offerings are expected to help fill the need for more employees in agriculture. Why it matters: Agriculture education options for practical training have been limited, especially in the regions where potential farm workers live. Much has […] Read more

Hazelnut trees growing at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Genomics research moving Ontario hazelnuts closer to production

Researchers continue to learn how to adapt hazelnuts to Ontario’s climate

Reading Time: 3 minutes A genomics-based research project at the University of Guelph is moving the establishment of an Ontario hazelnut industry one step closer to reality. Hazelnut development work has been underway in the province for about a decade, driven by farmers seeking new crops to grow and a large confectionary company keen to source their key ingredient […] Read more

Opinion: Labour crisis is about farm security, not food security

Food continues to be abundant, but some farms are under financial pressure due to labour shortages

Reading Time: 3 minutes The COVID pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated long standing issues with respect to labour in the food system – both on farms and in food processing. This is often presented in the context of a threat to food security but in reality the issue is more critical for farm security than food security. That is, […] Read more


Mariia Tokareva walks behind a sow that has been let out of a stall as part of a University of Saskatchewan experiment.

Sow exercise benefits found lacking

Researchers wanted to know if a middle ground solution between stalls and open housing was a reasonable option

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Pregnant sows have an intrinsic desire to leave their stalls, say swine health experts at the University of Saskatchewan. But giving sows periodic freedom to leave stalls and move about the barn doesn’t significantly improve the lives or welfare of the animals. Why it matters: Animal welfare is a key concern for […] Read more

Canadian food laureate Anita Stewart, 73

Guelph flags to be lowered for Food Day Canada founder

Reading Time: 2 minutes Flags at the University of Guelph are to be flown at half-mast Tuesday in honour of Canadian food advocate Anita Stewart, who died Thursday in hospital in Hamilton. Stewart, 73, was the first person in the world to be conferred with the title of “food laureate,” as she was named by the University of Guelph […] Read more

Ken McEwan, Ridgetown Campus director, left , Rene Van Acker, Ontario Agriculture College dean, Malcom Campbell, vice-president of research for the University of Guelph, Randy Petttpiece, parliamentary assistant to the agriculture minister, Rick Nicholls, MPP for Leamington and Chatham-Kent, Lorne Hepworth, Chair, Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), Crosby Devitt, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario, and Darrin Canniff, mayor of Chatham-Kent, recently helped launch a new crop science building for the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus.

New crop research facility coming to Ridgetown

$6.5 million structure to be completed in spring 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Guelph is constructing a new field crop services building at its Ridgetown campus in an effort to modernize research operations. In an on-campus announcement Oct. 19, public servants and university staff described the soon-to-be 12,000 square foot facility as a long-awaited replacement for the current and much-dated field crop services building.   […] Read more


Brett Shepherd is the new director of the University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus.

Ridgetown campus gets new director

Brett Shepherd comes to University of Guelph campus from WSIB

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brett Shepherd has been named director of the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus. “Brett has the professional managerial skills that are required to lead the campus into a new era of innovation and growth,” said Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). “He has demonstrated innovation and his ability to motivate people […] Read more

The former Kemptville Campus is 630 acres.

New prison planned for former Kemptville College campus

The new facility would bring new employment to the Kemptville area

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new provincial correctional facility is planned for the site of the former Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology (KCAT). The 235-bed prison will be located on a 182-acre plot owned by the province where the former college dairy barn and A.M. Barr Arena were located. Kemptville College was closed by the University of Guelph in […] Read more