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November 25, 2014
FEATURED NEWS: Detailed tracking of soil, environmental properties
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Pesticide safety training begins

This year, farmers and vendors can register for one of 350 Ontario Pesticide Education Program courses offered across the province. Over 5, 500 growers are expected to complete the Grower Pesticide Safety Course and about 300 Ontario vendors to take the Pesticide Vendor Certification Course. Courses are also being held to help Certified Farmers train their supervised workers. >> Read full article

CAHRC researches farm labour shortage and solutions

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is launching a comprehensive Labour Market Information (LMI) research survey to examine Canada’s agricultural workforce from every commodity and region across the country. More than 1,000 producers, farm workers and stakeholder organizations are being asked to take part in the survey, which runs through to January 22, 2015. >> Read full article

Expanding agricultural production insurance

The Ontario government is proposing amendments to the 1996 Crop Insurance Act that would, if passed, allow more types of agricultural products to be covered by production insurance. >> Read full article

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 Featured News 
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Detailed tracking of soil, environmental properties

Soil is constantly changing, and during the last several decades, it is increasingly subjected to stressors, from the effects of climate change to newly implemented management practices. While soil description systems already exist, enhanced ways of tracking properties of the surface layer of the soil – also called topsoil, or on a more technical level, the soil A horizon – requires a methodology or framework that includes information not only on the various soil properties, but also the environmental and land use setting.

Dr. Catherine Fox, a soil scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Harrow, Ont., along with other researchers at AAFC and in Germany have developed an enhanced A Horizon Framework to facilitate such detailed recording. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

2014 Farm Forum Event

December 2-4, 2014
Location: Saskatoon, Sask. >> More Info

Southwest Agricultural Conference

January 6-7, 2015
Location: Ridgetown, Ont. >> More Info

Farm Tech Conference

January 27-29, 2015
Location: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Edmonton, Alta. >> More Info