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Canada Takes a Clean Sweep in the Global Phase of the Alltech Young Scientist Competition

[Lexington, KENTUCKY] – The audience was singing “Oh Canada” as two University of Guelph students took home the top prize when global animal health company, Alltech announced the prestigious winners of its annual Young Scientist competition during Tuesday’s general session at its 26th Annual Animal Health and Nutrition…

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Added by Cindy Schickedanz on May 27, 2010 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

AALP Class 13 North American Study Tour

Each class of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) includes two study tours as part of the curriculum – one in North America, and one involving international travel. These study tours give participants the opportunity to gain an even broader perspective and understanding of regional/national/ international issues and their…

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Added by AALP on May 20, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Future of Dairy Farming = Efficiency

Dairy farmers can sometimes get a bad reputation. Because of supply management, I'd agree that some farms can hang on longer than they would if they were open to the free market. The free market can be very good and eliminating the least efficient very quickly. Unfortunately - it can also eliminate some good farmers who just get mixed up in a market they can't control (just ask a hog farmer).



However - I think those least efficient dairy farmers are going to have to make…

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Added by Andrew Campbell on May 20, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

AgriEnergy Producers' Association of Ontario (APAO) Looks Forward to Building Relationships and Communications Channels. Click Here For More.

The AgriEnergy Producers’ Association of Ontario (APAO) conducted a strategic planning workshop on March 29 & 30th – 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario to develop a future direction and road map for the association. The combined efforts of the out-going and newly elected board members, as well as input from stakeholders helped to develop the following key strategic goals that…

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Added by OntAG Admin on May 14, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

Wheat School: Evaluating Seeding Depth After Plant Emergence

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It is easy to talk about seeding depth pre-planting but it is even more critical to review planting depth after emergence. It is no different than any other business process. PLAN - EXECUTE - REVIEW - IMPROVE - REPEAT THE CYCLE.



The stand above ground tells only part of the story though. You also need to consider and observe what the plants are showing you below the soil as well.…



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Added by RealAgriculture.com on May 13, 2010 at 8:08pm — No Comments

When Bigger Isn't Better

When I think of farming, I think of a few things. Feeding cows, planting and harvesting corn, baling hay. They, and most of the jobs I do around the farm, all relate to production. Most of you will agree that is one of the big reasons we farm -- we like being around animals, we like being on the land, we don't like numbers.



But I was lucky enough to get the chance to realize that even if we don't like the numbers, we all like making more money.



The Ontario Dairy Youth…

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Added by Andrew Campbell on May 12, 2010 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Changing Face of Dairy Farming Rawdon View Farms, Ontario



David and Colin Lake farm at Rawdon View Farms. They are one of the few dairy farms left in the area. They are looking to the future not only to make their dairy operation as efficient as possible but also to see how they should adapt their business to changing times.



Great video on Dairy Farm found on Hastings Local Food Blog… Continue

Added by AgOntario on May 12, 2010 at 2:06am — No Comments

U of Guelph Research: Early Weaning Impacts Gut Enzyme in Piglets, Study Finds

Early Weaning Impacts Gut Enzyme in Piglets, Study Finds

University of Guelph researchers have uncovered one of the reasons piglets often struggle with illness and sometimes die when they are weaned from their mothers.According to the new study, published recently in The Journal of Nutrition, a gut enzyme involved in digesting phosphate and fighting off harmful bacteria is significantly compromised during the early-weaning process.

“We found that…

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Added by OntAG Admin on May 8, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Ontario Farm Animal Council Video: Know Farmers, Know Food.

The Ontario Farm Animal Council presents this video snapshot of modern Canadian agriculture. Farmers are proud to showcase how they raise their animals and grow their… Continue

Added by OntAG Admin on May 2, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

C&M Wheat School: Peter Johnson Discusses the Difference Between Fusarium and Vomitoxin. Click to watch the video.

Based on the popularity of this One of the frequent confusions is that there is actually a difference between fusarium and vomitoxin. Some people do not understand that you can have fusarium without vomitoxin.



Both are issues that are affecting farmers and their ability to market grain in North America. But many people do not realize that there is actually a difference between the the two.





Peter Johnson discusses the difference between vomitoxin and… Continue

Added by OntAG Admin on April 16, 2010 at 6:43am — No Comments

Beginning of the End

Well, it has begun—sort of! It is March 31, 2010, 10:30 a.m., I am sitting in the King Township Council Chambers. The Ontario Municipal Board hearing is about to get under way with respect to the site plan for the York Energy Centre. A 393MW (but licensed for 435MW) natural gas-fired peaker power plant to…

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Added by Avia Eek on April 14, 2010 at 1:21am — No Comments

Fireflies = Lower Nitrogen Costs

Researchers have created a new and cheaper test that producers can use to see how much nitrogen they should… Continue

Added by Andrew Campbell on April 12, 2010 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

C&M Seeds Wheat School: Trying to Understand Fusarium.

Fusarium is an ugly monster that continues to rear its ugly head across North America. Some areas are definitely worse than other but the impact is real. With more tolerant wheat genetics coming every year, farmers are desperate to try and manage this disease in the most proactive ways that they can. Some of the management strategies include; timing of irrigation application, crop rotation, fungicide application and variety selection. This is a disease that many areas of the world live with…

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Added by Joe Dales on April 8, 2010 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

Turning Around the Prodigal Economy

Our economy is off-track and needs a new vision that will fix our problems and reconnect us with our most basic life commitments. That’s the paraphrased viewpoint of Dr. Bob Goudzwaard, a former member of the Dutch Parliament and professor of economics and social philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam.



Goudzwaard was recently in Ontario and spoke at a few locations about his analysis of troubling signs in the economies of the Western world. With long involvement in… Continue

Added by John Clement on March 23, 2010 at 8:17am — No Comments

Elaine Froese Video: Giving Up the Farmhouse.

Added by Kevin Stewart on March 20, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

A View of FCC Spending

Found this very interesting post on the Canadian Agri-Food blog, managed by the Agri-Food Unit at the Ivey School of Business.



Written by Brandon Schaufele - with the article available at - http://www.canadianagrifood.ca/?p=374



" Today’s edition of the London Free…

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Added by Andrew Campbell on March 5, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

The price to plant 13,000 trees can be less than planting 300 - if you do it the right way

How Trees Ontario helped Alexandria, Ontario couple create dream wooded retirement property on marginal land

TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - After more than 30 years working in a steel mill, Daniel Beaudoin dreamt of retiring and living near a beautiful forest.

Daniel began to search for his ideal retirement property. What he found - actually, what he didn't find - surprised him. What seemed like a fairly easy task in rural Ontario proved to be extremely…

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Added by AgOntario on March 3, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Maximizing Precision Agriculture Pay - Video

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Added by Kevin Stewart on March 1, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

Finding value in carbon footprints and environmental labelling

Synthesis Agri-Food Insights

February, 2010…

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Added by Synthesis Agri-Food on February 24, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

“From Concord to Cabernet, The Ontario Wine Industry Celebrates 200 Years” From the Ontario Viniculture Association. Background Johann Schiller is acknowledged as the “father” of the Ontario Wine in…



“From Concord to Cabernet, The Ontario Wine Industry Celebrates 200 Years”

From the Ontario Viniculture Association.…

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Added by OntAG Admin on February 22, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

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Saskatchewan Crop Conditions Up from a Year Ago

The first Saskatchewan crop condition ratings for the 2024 growing season are mostly up from a year ago, although the scope of improvement is variable. The weekly provincial crop report on Thursday pegged this year’s spring wheat crop at 87% good to excellent as of Monday, up a relatively modest 6 points from a year earlier, while the oat and barley ratings were 2 and 5 points higher, respectively, at 87% good to excellent for both. At 78% good to excellent, the condition of the canola crop was just a single point above a year ago. On the other hand, the condition of the durum crop was rated 93% good to excellent as of Monday, an increase of 21 points from a year ago, while the lentil crop was 15 points better at 90% and the chickpea crop a major 31 points higher at 95%. Gains for other crops fell somewhere in between. At 91% good to excellent, the condition of the flax crop was up 8 points on the year, with mustard up 14 points to 88%, and peas up 9 points to 91%. The canary cro

New Grading Changes Coming for the 2024-25 Crop Year

The Canadian Grain Commission has announced new grading changes for the upcoming 2024-25 crop year that it says will better meet the needs of the grain sector in Canada and grain buyers around the world. Among the changes are new variety designation lists for food barley, and updates to the assessment of seed coat discolouration in soybeans. According to a CGC release, food barley varieties are unique and different from malting or feed barley varieties due to the distinct quality features desired for food, such as high beta-glucans. And to ensure Canadian producers and the agriculture sector can realize the benefits of developing and growing these varieties, the CGC is creating variety designation lists for Barley, Canada Eastern Food, which will take effect on July 1, 2024, and Barley, Canada Western Food, which will take effect on Aug. 1, 2024. Meanwhile, as part of the CGC grain grading modernization project, the official Grain Grading Guide will be updated to clarify the asse

Alberta Seeding Complete; Crop Emergence on Track with Average

The final push was delayed by rain in some parts of the province last week, but Alberta seeding is virtually now complete.  Friday’s crop showed the planting of Alberta major crops (spring wheat, oats, barley, canola, and peas) at 99.6% complete as of Tuesday, up a few points from a week earlier and in line with the five- and 10-year averages of 99.4% and 98.7%.  The report said final seeding efforts in the Central, North East, and North West regions were slowed by rain that was accompanied by persistent strong winds that led to an overall reduction in surface soil moisture in all areas but the Peace Region.   Regardless, crop growth is off to a good start, with the South Region in need of timely rains while the rest of the province needs warmer temperatures, the report said.  The emergence of major crops across the province is reported at 86%, which matches both the 5- and 10-year averages. Regionally, emergence of major crops is behind the historical average in the South and Nort

Automation, robotics helping farmers strengthen food security

B.C. farmers are accessing new technology through federal and provincial government funding to grow their businesses and increase production to help strengthen food security in the province.

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