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February 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Rick Mercer Visits University of Guelph Veterinary College. Click To Watch.

Added by OntAG Admin on February 29, 2012 at 7:17pm — No Comments

One week left in my smartphone/social media survey - would you participate?

I'm very excited at the response to the OMAFRA/University of Guelph survey on social media and smartphone use in Ontario agriculture. If you haven't participated, would you take a few minutes this week to answer it?  It can be found at http://www.ipsosresearch.com/omafra/.  We are looking for participation from all parts of Ontario agriculture -- and not just from smartphone or social media users.  If you don't use those…

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Added by ontariotomato on February 27, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments

My OMAFRA troubles and my advice to avoid them

Its never nice to hear of someone facing problems, but its useful to take advantage of the opportunity to avoid them yourself.  My opinion of OMAFRA is greatly tainted, but I am open minded enough to realize most problems could have been avoided.  

At issue is the loss of the farm tax rebate which holds municipal tax rates to, well, basically the equivalent of where they alway were.  Without the rebate, taxes quadruple.  As it stands today, my issue is only with the 2012 tax year.  So…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on February 24, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: The Drummond Report calls for Serious Change in Ontario

By Nathan Stevens

February 24, 2012



The long awaited Drummond Report was released last week. The weighty report calls for a serious change in direction in this province. If implemented, all Ontarians will be impacted, including agriculture and rural Ontario.



The report points out that Ontario is not in a crisis... yet. There are a lot of good things that are being done, but we aren’t facing the reality of being a province in…

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Added by CFFO Blog on February 24, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

The enemy to new farmers - OMAFRA

It has been a very busy couple of weeks.  Making headway on rebuilding my grain header, want to get that out of the way so I can start on the tractors and tillage equipment.  So although I was beginning to feel like I was making progress, in steps OMAFRA.  My farm doesn't qualify for the farm tax rate.  In the past, my father had recieved an exemption from the FBR system for religious reasons.  Having taken the decision to join the system rather than appose/avoid it, i opened up a can of…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on February 21, 2012 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment

Farm Show at Western Fair in London. March 7-9, Will Be The Largest Ever. Agriculture Technology, Education, Entertainment.

Farm Show Rises Above the Rest with Agricultural Technology, Education and Entertainment

By Western Fair

Spring is only a snowflake away, or is it?  With a more than mild winter, many have been thinking about getting an early start this spring on everything from the backyard to the back forty. Last year’s Farm Show at Western Fair District battled a blizzard and organizers of the 74th edition are hoping the weather gods are good to them this year…

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Added by OntAG Admin on February 21, 2012 at 7:26pm — No Comments

The Farmer - A more global view

Thanks to the insistence of my wife, this past week was spent in the luxury of a Caribbean resort in Jamaica.  But credit to a day long excursion to an inland coffee plantation I returned home with more than a tan.  In our high quality of life society it is sometimes easy to overlook that we are the worlds wealthy and the vast majority of people in this world can only dream of the lifestyles Canada's lowest paid get to live.  The farmers I saw didn't get the option to own their land, or even…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on February 10, 2012 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

AMI Video: Tony Lang, Lang Farms Road Map - Planning For The Year Ahead.

Added by OntAG Admin on February 9, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Daynard: Critique of recent attack by George Morris Centre on fuel ethanol

by Terry Daynard   www.tdaynard.com

Differences of opinion are always valuable, especially when supported by thorough and objective analysis. This is what one would expect of the George Morris Centre (GMC) which bills itself as Canada’s independent agri-food think tank. The centre has released a series of reports on fuel ethanol in recent years, all highly negative, and all much weightier in opinion than analysis. Unfortunately…

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Added by OntAG Admin on February 9, 2012 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

Farms.com Market School Video: How To Develop Your Grain Marketing Plan.

Added by OntAG Admin on February 8, 2012 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Winning hearts one million views at a time

by Owen Roberts, Urban Cowboy 

Agriculture has long wondered how to get the public and other decision makers to pay attention to it — to see it is different, new and exciting.

Well, here’s one approach that as of late has been endorsed a million times: Go back to your roots.

Last week, London-based Farms.com announced that an unassuming video put together last summer by one of its interns, Mackenna Roth, has…

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Added by OntAG Admin on February 6, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The CFFO Commentary: The CFFO Launches Business Management Pilot Project

John Clement

February 3, 2012

 

Farm business management groups have been used across Canada over the past few decades but there appears to be a renewed push to broaden their appeal. Although these groups can vary widely from sector-to-sector, most feature a small group of farmers working with a facilitator to compare individual production and financial records against those of peers. In the process, the aim is to grow and develop the management skills of all participants in the…

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Added by CFFO Blog on February 3, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

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ONTARIO FIELD CROP REPORT – May 17, 2018

Field activity continues in full gear as soils become fit for fieldwork. Many areas received some rainfall over the weekend, with areas of Kent and Essex catching heavier bands of rain that left over 100 mm in a few locations. As it happens every year a few areas of the province have nearly completed planting, while areas with heavier soils wait for decent planting conditions to occur. Fields that were planted to cover crops last fall - both fall and spring terminated - have required more tillage than fields without cover. A mat of residue kept soils wet and cold and delayed planting in those fields.

Ag industry steps up to support farmer mental health

In government, academia, industry – and indeed in the field itself – problems that have long been hidden or dismissed are starting to see the light of day. These efforts follow a University of Guelph study in 2015-2016 of more than 1,000 participants that revealed nearly 60 per cent met the classification for anxiety, 45 per cent for high stress and 35 per cent for depression.

Ontarians favour land-sharing policies

People in Ontario may have changed their preferences on formal agri-environmental land use policies.

Winchester Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting Minutes – May 15, 2018

The weather in the past week has being great for planting. Crop heat unit accumulation from the 1st of May are about 200 as of the 15th of May as compared to the normal of 150 (Ottawa airport). Some areas had a light frosts this past Friday and Saturday. Where the fields were left uneven last fall, the soils are working up lumpy requiring more secondary tillage. Smoother fields were fine with a shallow, light working.

Cereal leaf beetle activity on the horizon

There have been many reports of cereal leaf beetle adult activity over the last few weeks. Adults do some feeding but also lay eggs that give rise to the real issue – cereal leaf beetle larvae. Eggs will be hatching within the next week or so. With daily growing degree days accumulating more quickly than usual, the populations and feeding activity could catch us off guard. A few locations tend to experience a higher frequency of infestations including fields near Dresden, Bolton, Stayner, Seaforth, and Clinton but reports from other locations with significant adult activity have come in this year. Stay vigilant and monitor fields over the next three weeks in particular.

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