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Jobs survey finds growing demand for agriculture graduates

Ontario Agriculture College boosts spots in its agriculture programs by 30 per cent

The University of Guelph continues to increase enrolment in its agriculture programs, but graduates will continue to find four jobs available for each of them. The Ontario Agriculture College (OAC), at the university has boosted spots in its agriculture programs by 30 per cent since 2012 and by 50 per cent in its Bachelor of […] Read more



New organization represents growing agri-contracting sector

Ontario Professional Agri-Contractors Association looks forward to a "united voice"

A new organization has been formed to represent agriculture contractors in Ontario. The Ontario Professional Agri-Contractors Association (OPACA) held its first meeting Sept. 13 in Woodstock, with about 25 people attending. “We were looking forward to having a united voice,” says OPACA’s Acting President, Sonke Claussen, who runs a diverse agriculture contracting business with his […] Read more


VIDEO: A new frontier awaits medical marijuana growers

Farmers at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show told to look at growing medical marijuana

One of the new exhibits at this year’s Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show was on medical marijuana. John Greig, Glacier FarmMedia field editor, spoke with several industry representatives about the opportunities for Canada’s farmers interested in growing medical marijuana, and some of the challenges and processes they may face when getting started.



U.S. wants NAFTA five-year sunset provision

Washington | Reuters — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that the United States was seeking to add a five-year sunset provision to the North American Free Trade Agreement to provide a regular, “systematic re-examination” of the trade pact. Ross told a forum hosted by Politico that both he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert […] Read more

VIDEO: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show: Day 1

John Greig, field editor for Glacier FarmMedia, offers this quick wrap-up of day one at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. Some of the topics discussed were crop maturity, data management, herbicide resistant corn and happy dairy companies.



Irma

Irma whips orange trees, shuts meat plants

Chicago | Reuters — Hurricane Irma stripped oranges from trees and prompted Tyson Foods to shut meat plants in Florida and Georgia on Monday to keep workers safe. Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat company, hopes to resume normal operations soon at chicken plants it shuttered in Cumming, Dawson and Vienna, Ga., and at a beef […] Read more

VIDEO: Taking action on soil compaction

Swiss researcher Matthias Stettler set up his soil compaction sensors for a unique live show for farmers at the recent Compaction Action field day in Ontario. In this video Stettler talks about the impact of compaction and some of the options producers have to help counteract it.



Irma

From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Chicago/New York | Reuters — Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the south and southeastern parts of the U.S. on Wednesday. Florida sugar and citrus processors rushed to secure rail cars and equipment that could be crushed, blocked or turned into flying projectiles. […] Read more




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