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Co-operative hopes to increase Ontario sugar beet acres

Industrial-use sugars could be used to create bio-based polymers

A plan to use Ontario-grown sugar beets for production of industrial-use sugars could grow Ontario acres of the crop by 30,000. The Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Co-operative (OISPC) was formed to investigate the possibility of supplying companies with sugars, being increasingly used to create bio-based polymers. The organization had BioIndustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) do a […] Read more



Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC).

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


Sonke Claussen is the acting president of the new Ontario Professional Agri-Contractors Association.

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.


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.

Matthias Stettler.

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.


Farm groups want modernized NAFTA

Farm groups from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are calling for key reforms

NAFTA should be modernized through five significant reforms rather than dismantled, say national farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Agriculture represents one of NAFTA’s biggest success stories, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the American Farm Bureau and Consejo Nacional Agropecuario said in a joint letter to the leaders of the three countries. […] Read more

The retrofitted barn will make way for the study of precision monitoring and feeding systems in dairy cattle.

Dairy research facilities at Glenlea Research Station to be updated

$1.4-million slated to retrofit existing hog barn

Dairy research in Manitoba recently got a $1.4-million boost. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement on Aug. 16, 2017, at the University of Manitoba, indicating the cash will be used to retrofit an existing hog barn for dairy research at the Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. […] Read more


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