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Ontario invests in agri-food research


November 2, 2020
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Ontario is investing $6.52 million into more than 40 agri-food research projects that will support the production of safe, high-quality food, stimulate economic growth, and contribute to even more environmentally friendly agriculture practices.

Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario government and the University of Guelph, funded research projects underway include:

  • Enhancing integrated pest management for leaf diseases in onions;
  • Using breeding and genomic approaches to develop disease-resistant soybeans for Ontario’s changing environment;
  • Identifying market conditions for small-scale on-farm anaerobic digestion to produce biogas or nutrient-rich fertilizer;
  • Improving outcomes for Ontario apple producers though precision agriculture and labour efficiency strategies;
  • Digital mapping of soil carbon and nutrients in the Great Clay Belt to better understand effects of land conversion on agricultural practices;
  • Establishing a baseline for provincial soil properties that will support better soil health assessments;
  • Assessing herbicidal tolerance of cover crops during years with adverse weather;
  • Improving food rescue and recovery in the province’s industrial, commercial and institutional sectors;
  • Investigating noise impacts of grain dryers on neighbouring land uses;
  • Examining the current state of drainage infrastructure in Ontario.

“The research we’re investing in is vital to helping Ontario’s hardworking farmers and food businesses remain competitive and profitable,” said Ernie Hardeman, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “Now more than ever, we need to support innovative solutions that improve production practices, protect our environment and stimulate growth in our agri-food sector.”

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All research projects are supported by strategies to ensure Ontario’s agri-food sector can benefit from the new knowledge, technologies and solutions developed through provincially funded research.