Added by OntAG Admin on February 29, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by ontariotomato on February 27, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gus Ternoey on February 24, 2012 at 4:01pm — No Comments
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…
Added by CFFO Blog on February 24, 2012 at 4:32am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by OntAG Admin on February 21, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by OntAG Admin on February 9, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by OntAG Admin on February 8, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
Added by CFFO Blog on February 3, 2012 at 3:42am — No Comments