By: Wayne Du, On-Farm Food Safety Specialist
Do you use soil amendments such as manure or composted manure? Are you aware of the food safety risks? Here are some helpful tips to protect your crop from potential contamination.
What is the difference between manure and composted manure?
- Manure is raw or untreated animal excrement with or without bedding.
- Composted manure is the manure that has been treated or processed to eliminate or reduce harmful bacteria. Continue Reading »
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The loss of the industry standard fumigant Telone C-17 (dcp+chloro) in 2011 left growers uncertain of how well the alternatives would work for the control of soil-borne nematodes and fungi in ginseng. In 2010 a trial was established in a commercial ginseng field to compare the alternative fumigants metam-sodium (as Busan 1236) and chloropicrin (as Pic-Plus) to dcp+chloro. The fumigants were applied under ideal conditions according to the label. This included irrigation ahead of time to ensure good soil moisture, rolling or packing immediately behind the fumigator and a small amount of irrigation afterwards to ensure a good seal of the soil surface. This trial pre-dated the requirements for tarping of chloropicrin, which is now required for all broadcast applications. Continue Reading »
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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs have been tracking trends in pesticide use since 1973 and are once again asking all Ontario field crop, vegetable, fruit and specialty crop farmers to fill out a confidential, anonymous on-line survey of pesticide use. Government, commodity boards and researchers use the information to help improve minor use pesticide registration lists, work toward safer use of pesticides and to understand trends in use and the types of pesticides used. This year, the survey is being conducted by Farm and Food Care Ontario until February 15th, 2014. Information on this survey can be found at the Ontario Pesticide Survey.
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The following meeetings may be of interest to specialty crop producers in Ontario. For more events visit the OMAF and MRA events calendar at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/edr/events-training.htm
Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC) 2014
When: January 7-8, 2014
Where: Ag Business Centre, Mitton House, Univ. of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, 120 Main Street East, Ridgetown
For Details: www.southwestagconference.ca
Guelph Organic Conference
When: January 30 – February 2, 2014
Where: University of Guelph – University Centre
For Details: www.guelphorganicconf.ca
Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention
When: February 19-20, 2014
Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, ON
For Details: www.ofvc.ca
Eco Farm Day
When: February 22-23, 2014
Where: Ramada Inn, Cornwall, ON
For Details: Not yet posted but watch the website – http://cog.ca/ottawa/eco-farm-day/
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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. In Ontario, farm, food and bioproduct businesses, collaborations and organizations can build their own plan and select opportunities to help grow their profits, expand their markets and manage risks.
Areas of Focus for GF2 Funding Assistance
Producers, organizations and collaborations can apply for funding assistance in six focus areas, with an emphasis on innovation:
- Environmental and Climate Change
- Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
- Market Development
- Animal and Plant Health
- Labour Productivity Enhancement
- Business and Leadership Development
Capacity Building Funding Assistance
Cost-share is available to support eligible clients to acquire additional skills, to undertake in-depth assessments and audits, and to develop business plans.
Building capacity helps prepare clients to apply for further cost-share to implement a project. Applications for capacity building funding assistance will be accepted on a continuous basis.
Some examples of Capacity Building activities are:
- Cost-share fees for qualified consultants (e.g. Professional Engineer) to conduct an assessment.
- Produce a written report and plan that provides recommendations for implementing improved irrigation and fertigation management BMP’s (e.g. field and greenhouse operations).
- Energy Use Assessment for existing farm buildings that will reduce the dependency on power and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Prevention plan for Wildlife Damage – help reduce crop, livestock or property damage caused by managed wildlife species.
- Market Assessment, Marketing Plan, Communication Material Design.
- Integrated Pest Management Planning.
- Cost of Production Assessment.
- Succession Plans, Expansion Plans, Human Resources Plan, Business Plan.
Implementation Funding Assistance
Clients may be eligible for cost-share for projects that help to achieve their business goals. Applications for project implementation will be reviewed and assessed based on merit. Having a detailed business and/or workplan, budget and applicable permits and approvals in place prior to submitting an application will increase your success in securing cost-share.
Individual farm businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the five-year program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)
Producers are strongly encouraged to attend a free capacity building workshop such as Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (New 4th edition) and Growing Your Farm Profits.
June 26, 2013 – ongoing application intake for Capacity Building Funding Assistance from all eligible clients
October 28, 2013 to December 12, 2013 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from organizations and collaborations
December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014 – Application intake for Implementation Funding Assistance from all eligible clients including, producers, organizations and collaborations
Please visit the GF2 website at: www.ontario.ca/growingforward2
OMAF and MRA have a full listing of programs and services for Ontario farmers on the website and in the Factsheet ‘Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers’. For more information please visit: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/progserv.htm or call the OMAF and MRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre to request a hard copy of the Factsheet at 1.877.424.1300.
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Ontario hop growers may be interested in attending the 2013 Cornell Hops Conference taking place on Saturday, 7 December.
A variety of topics including agronomics and integrated pest management will be presented by numerous speakers throughout the day.
Location: Student Activity Center (STUAC) at Morrisville State College, Morrisville, New York, USA
Registration: $75 for NeHA members or $85 for non-members
For more information please visit the NeHA website or contact Steve Miller at 315.684.3001 x 127 or email@example.com or Alycia Schick at 315.684.3001 x 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Specialty crop growers may be interested in attending the 2013 South West Hort Expo (presented by the Essex County Associated Growers) in Leamington on November 19 & 20. The Bounty of the County meeting is in its 63rd year and has re-branded as the ‘South West Hort Expo’. A variety of speaker sessions and a trade show are planned for the two-day expo which will take place at the Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 249 Sherk St., Leamington. Please visit this link for more information.
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