Category Archives: Agricultural Development

Foodiepreneur: The Business Of Food

The Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food forum in an opportunity for foodie entrepreneurs to learn the best recipe for starting and running a successful food business.

Registration is open and filling up quickly! Attend to hear what the experts have to say about putting the right ingredients together.

Registration deadline: Thursday, March 23

Details:
March 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Halton Regional Centre, Auditorium,
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Cost: $35/person (includes breakfast) Continue reading Foodiepreneur: The Business Of Food

The Premier’s Award For Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program is Accepting Applications

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.

The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program are to:

  • Recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector
  • Foster farm-level innovation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy

Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on April 28, 2017 to be eligible for a chance to receive one of the following awards: Continue reading The Premier’s Award For Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program is Accepting Applications

Add Value to Your Agricultural Business: Learn How to Turn Your Ideas into Reality

Take the OMAFRA course, Exploring Value Added Opportunities, to learn whether adding value to your products and services is right for your business.  Register today for the March 31 workshop to be held in Sunderland, Ontario! Your registration fee includes resource materials, lunch and refreshments.

Ever wondered about turning your fruit into jam?  Ever dreamed about making gourmet ready-to-eat meals with your produce?

Take the Exploring Value Added Opportunities (EVAO) course to help you increase your profits through the creation of new products and services or value-added opportunities at your farm or food business. Our course can help you: Continue reading Add Value to Your Agricultural Business: Learn How to Turn Your Ideas into Reality

Cost Of Production Calculators Available To Help With Business Planning

In the complex world of production agriculture, determining which crops will make you the most profit can be a daunting task. To help with decision making, several tools are available for downloading from the OMAFRA web site.

One of these tools is the crop budgeting tool.

The crop budgeting tool provides an easy way to enter your costs, yield, and return expectations. From this you can see whether one type of crop will provide value over another. Each producer will have individual costs for items such as seed, fertilizer, and custom work. By entering these costs, one can see the overall cost per acre to grow the crop. The tool also allows for an optimistic, expected, and pessimistic yield, showing the upper end of returns versus what happens if disaster occurs.

This data can be entered on a per acre basis, or on a total acre per field or farm basis.

The tool includes the ability to select the amount of crop insurance coverage a producer would like.

Figure 1 shows the input for the various yield expectations.

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The tool also provides a unique “chance of breaking even” based on the data input. Figure 2.

figure-2-chance-of-breaking-evenSome field crops that have budget tools available are: corn, soybeans, canola, barley, oats and wheat.

There is also horticulture crop, fruit tree and livestock budgets available.

Knowing which crops have the potential to provide profit can assist producers with planning and meeting with suppliers and financial institutions. Knowledge is power, and these are powerful tools to provide that knowledge.

To access these tools, please go to:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/bear2000/Budgets/budgettools.htm

How to Win Markets and Influence Grocery Buyers – Workshop

Grocery retailers, chefs, and other food buyers are looking for local product and they want to buy local says Erica Pate, a Direct Farm Marketing Specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

“When it comes to buying from farmers and small food processors, there is often a gap between what grocery retailers, chefs, and other food buyers need, when they need it, and how they do business” Erica Pate, a Direct Farm Marketing Specialist

The Town of Georgina in partnership with OMAFRA are hosting a one-day workshop in February that will bring together farmers and small food processors to learn how to address those gaps.

Ministry specialists will help participants learn about potential untapped sales channels that might be right for their business. The workshop will cover a number of topics ranging from market channel opportunities, food regulations, food safety, pricing for profit, packaging and labelling. 

Your business might benefit from selling to a local grocery store or other retailer, a restaurant or public sector organization like a university or school nutrition program. The key is to invest a few hours to learn about different market opportunities and what customers expect.

The Selling Food to Ontario workshop will be held on February 2 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at The Link, 20849 Dalton Road, Sutton, Ontario L0E 1R0. The cost of the workshop is $20 per person and registration is now open.

This event is hosted by the Town of Georgina and OMAFRA.

#Agsplore The North


pic-1-modifiedAt the end of September 2016 a bus load of University 
of Guelph, Ontario Agriculture 
College (OAC) students headed north from Guelph to tour the Nipissing and Temiskaming farming districts. Through pictures and quotes here is a summary of their trip.

Two OAC students from the Temiskaming District, Emily Potter and Tanja Gahwiler, decided their fellow aggies should experience the agriculture found in northern Ontario, so they set about to organize a bus trip to northeastern Ontario.

With assistance and sponsorship from enthusiastic farm associations, the two brought 50 of their fellow students to the region. Continue reading #Agsplore The North

2016 Top 5 Award Winning Innovations

On December 7, 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced  the winners of 10th annual Premier’s Awards for Agri-Innovation Excellence. These awards are presented to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to innovation in the Ontario agri-food sector. The Premier’s award was given to Dairy Quality Inc., a company that created a mobile app that provides farmers with instant and accurate somatic cell counts.  Using the tool, dairy farmers can identify problems and take action before a cow develops advanced mastitis. That’s good news for cows, consumers and for farmers.

Continue reading 2016 Top 5 Award Winning Innovations

UOIT’s Agriculture Leadership Certificate Program- Registration now open

Understanding the economic importance of agriculture in Ontario is crucial. With a growing population, it is vital that we invest in educating and informing individuals about the economic importance of agriculture and the agri-food business in Ontario’s economy.

Continue reading UOIT’s Agriculture Leadership Certificate Program- Registration now open

LOCAL FOOD CONFERENCE BACK FOR A 6th YEAR

The annual Eastern Ontario Local Foods Conference, taking place November 22-23 in Belleville, Ontario is fast approaching. This year’s theme of “Mission: Resilience” centers around the importance of forecasting climate trends to create sustainable local food systems. Local food systems are constantly altering due to climate change, shifting trade landscapes and social trends. This year’s conference will explore what we can do today to maintain and enhance the resilience of our local food system.  This event will feature award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Sarah Elton, who will discuss how Eastern Ontario local food systems can be part of a solution to serious global challenges.

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Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program – Claim Requirements

Generating more than $5.2 billion in direct sales annually (not including value added or further processing), the livestock industry is an important contributor to the strength of Ontario’s economy.

One of the challenges with raising livestock in rural and remote areas is predation by wildlife.

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program compensates producers for livestock losses incurred as a result of predation. Municipalities appoint Livestock Valuers to inspect and prepare a report on any livestock losses from wildlife. In unincorporated areas of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Agriculture Development Advisors do this.

In preparation for making a claim, producers are encouraged to: Continue reading Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program – Claim Requirements