FMC and CADAP collected submissions from agricultural students across Canada and selected three winners who will receive scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture.
The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a on a subject related to farm management.
Students were asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:
Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as a future member of the agricultural industry, propose to bridge the information and awareness gap?
This year's winners are:
Shanthanu Krishna Kumar
University of Guelph, Ont.
University of Saskatchewan, Sask.
Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire, campus de La Pocatière, Que.
Visit fmc-gac.com for more details on the winners and their competition entries.
The BadgerWay Program provides funding opportunities for farmers in southwestern Ontario who wish to implement specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) that create new habitat or connect existing on farm habitat. Up to 75 per cent cost-share is available, to a maximum of $20,000 per farm business. The eligible BMPs are:
BMP 1: Establishment of perennial contour cropping or other in-field perennial grass strips
BMP 2: Tree and shrub planting
BMP 3: Native grassland restoration
For full program details or to apply, visit the OSCIA website.
The potential end of the cash ticket deferral system was included unexpectedly as part of the federal government’s Budget 2017. Team Alberta’s submission to the federal finance department’s consultation process summarizes the specific necessity and utility of this tool in farmers’ business planning strategies and tax management.
“We believe that the government has overlooked the severe impact that farmers would face if this tool was no longer available,” said Kevin Auch, Alberta Wheat Commission Chair. “Farmers operate with a high degree of income volatility due to factors beyond our control and the cash ticket deferral mechanism allows us to manage risk and balance our income to ensure we can still remain profitable.”
The government maintains that the cash ticket deferral mechanism is out-dated since the single desk was dismantled in 2012. But Team Alberta points out that farmers have been exposed to the same income volatility regardless of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) status, facing many of the same risks they did when the mechanism was first introduced in 1973. Data from the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) indicates that the percentage of cash tickets deferred annually has remained fairly stable throughout and following the end of the CWB’s monopoly.
Team Alberta further points out that removing this management tool could hamper Canada’s ability to increase agri-food exports from $55 to 75 billion per year by 2025 as outlined in the recent federal budget.
“Canada’s agriculture industry is poised and ready to meet these targets,” said Jason Lenz, Alberta Barley Chair. “But we will only be able to meet them if the government works with farmers to eliminate barriers that impede growth.”
Team Alberta’s submission provides examples from accounting firm MNP LLP that demonstrate impact on farm businesses – whether partnerships, sole proprietors, or corporate family farms. The information from MNP shows that removal of the deferral option will have a disproportionate and negative impact on farm operations relative to non-farm Canadian businesses of similar sizes.
“The existing policy allowing for deferral of cash tickets is an important tool in ensuring that farm operations, whatever their business structure, are treated fairly relative to other Canadian businesses,” said Greg Sears, Alberta Canola Chair.
D’Arcy Hilgartner, Alberta Pulse Growers Chair said: “We have a responsibility as a country to ensure that our farmers remain profitable and sustainable. The consequences of this proposed policy change would be dire for many Canadian farmers and severely limit the sector’s ability to meet growth objectives.”
Team Alberta’s submission can be viewed online here.
CABEF awards six $2,500 scholarships annually to students enrolling in an agricultural university or college in Canada. Fundraising efforts in conjunction with Best of CAMA (Canadian Agri-Marketing Association) raised $42,642 from live and silent auctions, and the Wall of Wine raffle for 24 bottles of wine. Other donations were made in cash, auction items and donated advertising space to promote the CABEF scholarship application deadline and the announcement of the scholarship recipients.
The 2017 scholarship application deadline is April 30, 2017. Application information is located at cabef.org.
In the report “The Pathway to Prosperity,” the Economic Council identified a number of different sectors that have the potential for significant growth and job creation in Canada, including agriculture, advanced manufacturing and life sciences. The report recommends that the government and private sector work together to conduct a detailed review of each sector, assessing its strengths, barriers to growth and policy initiatives to overcome the barriers.
The report said agri-food is one of Canada's largest economic sectors, providing 2.1 million jobs and contributing 6.7 per cent of GDP.
With an annual growth rate of 9.5 per cent during the last five years, agri-food companies have outpaced most other sectors of the economy.
To kick off the work, the Economic Council recommends the food and agriculture sector as the first to undergo the detailed sectoral analysis.
The report also recommended more growth-capital financing to small- and medium-sized companies looking for funds to expand. Historically, Canada has experienced a "market failure" for accessing risk capital for commercialization projects that drive innovation and growth.
Dennis Rivest, Woodslee, ON, averaged 275.4 bu/ac with DKC54-11RIB
Trevor Townsend, Tavistock, ON, averaged 273.3 bu/ac with DKC52-84RIB
Warren Shelton, Ingersol, ON, averaged 274.4 bu/ac with DKC50-78RIB
Corey Yake, Stouffville, ON, averaged 281.4 bu/ac with DKC50-78RIB
Schouten Dairy Farms, Richmond, ON, averaged 246.4 bu/ac with DKC46-82RIB
Daniel Senay, St-Cesaire, QC, averaged 262.8 bu/ac with DKC48-56 RIB
Alain Lamothe, St-Wenceslas, QC, averaged 238.1 bu/ac with DKC38-03RIB
Grant Doyle, Auburn, PEI, averaged 196.0 bu/ac with DKC30-07RIB
Robert Rivest, Ruscom, ON, averaged 89.8 bu/ac with 32-62RY
John Kroesbergen, Burgessville ON, averaged 74.6 bu/ac with 29-62RY
Raube Beuerman, Dublin, ON, averaged 72.2 bu/ac with 28-60RY
John Nahuis, Elmvale, ON averaged 76.2 bu/ac with 27-62RY
Yves Delforge, Coteau du Lac, QC, averaged 82.0 bu/ac with 28-15RY
Luc Dumaine, St-Hugues, QC, averaged 84.8 bu/ac with 29-62RY
Jeremy Stead, Hunter River, PEI, averaged 57.2 bu/ac with 25-11RY
The Seed for Yourself Yield Challenge is open to growers of DEKALB brand corn and soybeans. In Eastern Canada, one corn winner and one soybean winner were selected from each of the 8 specific geographic contest zones. Winners had the highest corn or soybean yields in their respective region. The 15 winning growers will receive a prize of a $2,000 travel voucher.
For more information about the DEKALB Seed for Yourself Yield Challenge, visit DEKALB.ca
Total AgriInsurance coverage for 2017 is expected to exceed $2.6 billion on 9.6 million acres in Manitoba, the second-highest level of coverage on record. AgriInsurance coverage is increasing on average by seven per cent, while premium rates are down by an average of four per cent, as compared to last year.
More than 8,400 farms are enrolled in AgriInsurance. Manitoba has the highest level of AgriInsurance participation in Canada, covering over 90 per cent of annual crop acres. The total governments’ share of AgriInsurance premiums for 2017-2018 is expected to be $136.3 million.
Under AgriInsurance, premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Manitoba government. Administrative expenses are paid 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Manitoba.
For more information about AgriInsurance, WLPIP or other programs, visit a local MASC office or www.masc.mb.ca
“It was extremely difficult for the judges to make their decision, but ultimately our winners stood out for their state-of-the art thinking and commitment to the future of Canadian agriculture,” says OYF President Luanne Lynn.
Although the Lovell’s didn’t grow up on a farm, four years ago they purchased River View Orchards (with roots tracing back to 1784), and created a diversified u-pick farm market operation. Although they suffered $100,000 in damage in 2014, they adapted their plans until they were able to begin full production again. Fence and trellis construction services and building attractions brought over 1,400 visitors to their farm.
Drapeau and Neault are third-generation dairy and field crop farmers. When Drapeau was 16, he was performing artificial insemination on cows and developed his management skills by taking over the herd and feeding responsibilities. In the barn, Drapeau and Neault use genomic testing on young animals, motion detectors for reproduction, a smart scale on the mixer-feeder and temperature probes close to calving. In the fields, the farm uses a satellite navigation system for levelling, draining, seeding, fertilizing and spraying. With these technological innovations over the last four years, they have enabled the farm to increase overall yields by five to 10 per cent each year.
For more information on Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer’s program, visit www.oyfcanada.com
The Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS) recently honoured several individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s 70th annual meeting, held this year in Moncton, N.B.
Fellow Award (sponsored by CWSS)
CWSS presented the Fellow Award – its highest recognition – to Eric Johnson, who was until recently a researcher employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Scott, Sask. Johnson now works at the University of Saskatchewan. He is recognized internationally for his research on weed management, including his work on mechanical and chemical weed control. He is also active in the areas of organic production systems and cropping systems/agronomy. Johnson has been an author or coauthor on more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, seven book chapters, and multiple conference proceedings. He has maintained an active collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan where has taught a pesticides course, given more than 30 guest lectures, and has served on the supervisory committees of several MSc students. He has also served in various capacities within the CWSS/SCM, including as a board member for over 10 years, and as president in 2015.
Excellence in Weed Science Award (sponsored by Dow AgroSciences)
CWSS honored Dr. Robert Gulden, an associate professor with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Gulden's research focuses on weed biology and management. Dr. Gulden has served on the board of directors for CWSS/SCM and currently serves as an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. Gulden has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, several monographs and book chapters, and supervised or co-supervised nine graduate students. In addition, he has received multiple awards for teaching excellence at the University of Manitoba.
Excellence in Weed Extension Award (sponsored by Valent)
CWSS honored Dr. Peter Sikkema, who has been involved in applied weed research and extension in field crops for the past 20 years at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. Sikkema has published more than 250 manuscripts in various national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has presented more than 450 oral extension presentations in the province of Ontario, more than 50 extension poster presentations, written more than 70 popular extension articles, conducted more than 325 extension/research tours of weed management plots and has obtained more than 137 minor-use registrations through the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. He has also served in various capacities within the CWSS/SCM, including as president in 2011.
Outstanding Industry Member Award (sponsored by CWSS)
CWSS honored Al McFadden, research scientist with Dow AgroSciences, based in Guelph, Canada. McFadden has a strong track record of interaction with CWSS, CropLife Canada, and the Ontario Weed Committee (OWC), through various presentations at various scientific meetings. Al has served as the industry representative on the CWSS Board of Directors, the Ontario Provincial Council Chair of the Technical and Education and National Biology sub-committees of CropLife Canada, and was the industry representative for the Ontario Weed Committee. In addition to the various presentations he has given at various scientific society meetings, his name appears in peer-reviewed journal manuscripts based on his willingness to involve himself in graduate student training.
Presidential Award (sponsored by CWSS)
CWSS honored Dr. Rory Degenhardt, research scientist with Dow AgroSciences, based in Edmonton. His primary responsibilities are as biology team leader for Canadian Cereal Herbicides. Degenhardt has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has served as principal biologist for discovery of herbicides such as Arylex, as well as for nitrogen stabilizers. He has a strong track record of interaction with CWSS since becoming a member in 2002, including his most recent appointment as local arrangements chair for the CWSS annual meeting held in Edmonton in 2015. Degenhardt played a key role in the co-ordination of this meeting, and his strong leadership abilities were a tremendous asset to the society and to the local arrangements committee. He remains an active member of the CWSS.
Student Scholarships and Travel Awards
Travel Award for PhD student (sponsored by Monsanto) was presented to Charles Geddes from the University of Manitoba. Geddes' research covers optimization methods in canola to reduce populations of volunteer canola in subsequent soybean crops. He works under the direction of Dr. Rob Gulden.
Travel Award for a M.Sc. student (sponsored by Monsanto) was presented to Moria Petruic from the University of Saskatchewan. Petruic's work focuses on expanding weed management options in flax. She works under the direction of Dr. Christian Willenborg.
Travel Award for a M.Sc. student (sponsored by Syngenta) was presented to Felix Marsan-Pelletier from Laval University. Marsan-Pelletier’s work focuses on herbicide resistance in wild oat and common ragweed. He works under the direction of Dr. Anne Vanasse.
Travel Award for a M.Sc. student (sponsored by Dow AgroSciences) was presented to Taiga Cholette from the University of Guelph. Ms. Cholette's work focuses on the interaction between cover crops and herbicides. She works under the direction of Dr. Peter Sikkema and Dr. Darren Robinson.
Travel Award for a M.Sc. student (sponsored by CWSS) was presented to Meghan Grguric from the University of Guelph. Grguric’s work focuses on management of giant hogweed in Ontario. She works under the direction of Dr. Francois Tardif and Mike Cowbrough.
Travel Award for a M.Sc. student (sponsored by CWSS) was presented to Mike Schryver from the University of Guelph. Schryver's work focuses on the distribution and control of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp. He works under the direction of Dr. Peter Sikkema and Dr. Darren Robinson.
A complete list of the Early Bird winners follows:
|Lloyd Frey, Frey Farms Inc.
|Paul Pearson, Pearson Farms
|Todd Rhodes, Robert Rhodes Farms Inc.
|Roger Brisson, Ferme BRG Inc.
|Ferme Guillaume Tell.
|Donald Laroche, Ferme Telefils Inc.
To enter the Seed for a Season contest, purchase any Pioneer brand corn or soybean product to be automatically entered for a chance to win one of many grand prizes. Double entries are earned with the purchase of DuPont Lumivia insecticide seed treatment. A total of 13 more prizes are available to be won. Three more draws will take place on Dec. 9, 2016, Feb. 3, and March 24, 2017.
Community engagement and communications L.E.A.D. recipient: Joshua Power (NL)
Science and technology L.E.A.D. recipient: Erinn Jones (AB)
Environment and healthy living L.E.A.D. recipient: Eveline Juce (MB)
Sustainable agriculture and food security L.E.A.D. recipient: Jessica Mayes (MB)
L.E.A.D. recipients each benefit from a $20,000 scholarship towards their four-year post-secondary studies. They are also matched with a high-impact mentor who plays a leadership role in their industry and community. This mentorship relationship is an important component of the award program and helps L.E.A.D. recipients as they forge their careers.
Nominations are now open for the title of Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer. The Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) Program is a unique program designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Any organization or any person can nominate a young farmer or couple for the regional recognition award as long as the nominee meets the following program eligibility requirements:
• must be between the ages of 18 and 39,
• must be farm operators, and
• must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming.
Each region across the country holds an event where five or six nominees are judged on the following criteria:
• progress in agriculture career
• extent of soil, water and energy conservation practices
• crop and/or livestock production history
• management practices, and
• contribution to the well-being of the community, province and nation.
The Ontario Region OYF will be holding their next annual event in September 2017 in London, in conjunction with Canada's Outdoor Farm Show. The regional winners will represent Ontario at the annual national event where they compete to be named Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers.
Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2016 Wilson Loree Award. This award was established over fourteen years ago, to honour those that have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.
FMC encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that
- have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally;
- have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers;
- have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential;
- have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry.
Visit www.fmc-gac.com for more information on the award and the conference.
4-H Canada is encouraging alumni across Canada to register online at www.Club1913.ca, the URL being an online hub for 4-H alumni who are interested in re-connecting and networking with other alumni, and finding unique opportunities at the local and national level, while celebrating their pride in being part of the 4-H Canada community.
“I often speak with individuals, both within agriculture community and beyond, who are excited to tell me about the profound and positive impact 4-H had in their lives,” says Donna Bridge, president of 4-H Canada’s board of directors. “For most, 4-H served as the foundation for their success, no matter how they define the word.”
Since 1913, 4-H Canada has been empowering young Canadians to become responsible, caring and contributing leaders who are passionate about making meaningful contributions to the world around them. Across Canada, 4-H alumni continue to use their heads, heart, hands and health to make a difference as community champions, Olympic athletes, industry leaders and politicians at every level of government.
Being a member of 4-H’s Club 1913 also represents an opportunity for 4-H alumni to help grow future generations of leaders, by volunteering, becoming mentors and engaging in knowledge and skills transfer opportunities with 4-H youth.
“Our wide network of 4-H alumni are proof that 4-H programming builds strong leaders, who are equipped with confidence, positive values, decision-making abilities and other invaluable skill sets,” says Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “In the Canadian economy, and in the Canadian agriculture sector, we see a growing demand for these skills, and our alumni can play an instrumental role in addressing these gaps. There is no greater time than now for 4-H.”
4-H alumni are encouraged to register today and share their stories of the positive impact 4-H Canada has had in their lives, using #4HClub1913.
With funding by Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund, SHIP offers financial support for implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve soil health and reduce edge of field phosphorus loss.
SHIP, which has a similar structure to the Farmland Health Incentive Program, requires producers to complete an on-farm soil health assessment by working with a participating Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Free of charge to producers, the Soil Health Check-Up and the Muck Soil Health Check-Up offer producers a unique opportunity to develop BMPs that are tailored to the specific needs of their operation.
“This isn’t a one-size-fits-all program," says Christine Schmalz, environmental program manager at OSCIA. "Through working one-on-one with a CCA, producers gain an in-depth understanding of their operation’s Soil Health Challenges and work to develop BMPs that will benefit their farm and the health of the greater watershed.”
The Soil Health Improvement Program offers up to 50 per cent cost-share to a maximum of $20,000 in funding to producers in the Lake Simcoe, Nottawasaga, and South-eastern Georgian Bay watersheds who implement BMPs after completing a Soil Health or Muck Soil Health Check-Up. Eight BMPs are eligible for cost-share under SHIP: cover crops, crop nutrient plans, buffer strips, windbreaks and windstrips, equipment customization, erosion control structures, fragile land retirement, and water runoff management.
This program will begin accepting applications on Sept. 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. and funding will be allocated to eligible projects in the order in which applications are received. Producers interested in the program are encouraged to complete their Soil Health Check-Up in preparation. Program materials are now available online as well as a list of participating CCAs who are keen to complete Check-Ups in the eligible area.
“Producers have played an important role in funding barley variety development,” says Dave Sefton, WGRF chair. “Since 1995 producers have invested almost $15 million into barley variety development through the Western Grains Research Foundation. Renewing our agreement with the CDC and having all of the prairie barley commissions and associations investing together is an important step to ensuring producers continue to get good value for their check-offs.”
CDC has released more than 70 malt, feed and food barley varieties since 1971, including Harrington, CDC Copeland and CDC Austenson. In the past five years alone, the program has released new malting varieties, including CDC Clear (2011), CDC Bow (2014), CDC Platinum Star (2014) and TR12135 (to be named CDC Fraser), in 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to have the three provincial commissions joining WGRF in supporting barley breeding at the CDC, demonstrating continued producer support for research targeting improved yield, disease resistance, and malt quality,” adds Kofi Agblor, managing director of the CDC. “This funding provides stability to the program for maintaining long-term, highly qualified technical staff, as well as resources for marker development and use in the breeding program.”
“Be somebody-Be an agvocate” is a multi-faceted campaign that encourages everyone involved in the agriculture industry to be an agvocate by joining social media and having in-person conversations to shape people’s relationship with agriculture.
“Being an agvocate is about adding your voice to the food conversation in positive, engaging and relatable ways,” says Candace Hill, manager of Agriculture More Than Ever. “The campaign is about helping everyone involved in agriculture to connect with the public by sharing their story.”
Surveys continue to show that farmers are one of the most trusted voices when it comes to providing information about farming practices and food production, so it makes sense they be the face and voice for agriculture, according to Hill.
A recent survey by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity showed 93 per cent of consumers know little or nothing about Canadian farming practices, and a majority (60 per cent) of those respondents indicated they want to know more about farming practices.
“The campaign focuses on showing the real faces of people in agriculture with a strong call to action for everyone in the industry to get involved in the food conversation, no matter how big or small their contribution,” Hill says.
As part of the campaign, individuals who work in various sectors of agriculture submitted video clips of themselves reading a script encouraging others to get involved in telling the real story of Canadian agriculture. Those clips were compiled into a video.
“The video features people from across the country who have come together to add their voice to the food conversation,” Hill continues. “Everyone in agriculture is “somebody” and has a role to play. Watching and sharing the video is just one way individuals can get involved, but there are many ways for people to show their love, pride and passion for an industry.”
Agriculture More Than Ever has attracted over 470 partner organizations and 2,500 individuals committed to creating positive perceptions of agriculture. Launched more than four years ago, Agriculture More Than Ever’s goal is to encourage those involved in agriculture to speak up and speak positively about the industry.
To view the new Agriculture More Than Ever video and learn about other ways to participate, go to www.AgMoreThanEver.ca, or follow the conversation on Twitter @AgMoreThanEver
The award was established over fourteen years ago, to honour those that have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.
FMC encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that:
- Have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally;
- Have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers;
- Have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential;
- Have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry
Visit www.fmc-gac.com for more information on the award and conference.
The government is investing in UofG’s Food From Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining Earth’s ecosystems.
The funding, announced by Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, will come from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), which supports world-leading research at universities and colleges.
It’s the largest single federal research investment in UofG history.
“This will position Canada as a leader in sustainable food production,” says UofG president Franco Vaccarino, adding the project will help farmers produce more food on less land using fewer inputs.
“Our faculty, staff and students will have opportunities to participate in innovative discovery and to play a role in tackling one of the world’s greatest challenges: how to sustainably feed our growing population.”
“The University of Guelph has a long history of collaborating across Canada and globally to contribute to understanding complex challenges," Longfield adds. "The global food supply will require the University’s unique leadership skills that bring together agricultural expertise, big data, environmental science, business and civil society. Today’s funding announcement will give Canada a huge step forward to become a global leader in food.”
Food From Thought will create novel tools for producing more and safer food while also protecting the environment.
“It is not just how much food we produce but also the way we produce it that will be key in the next century,” says professor Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research), who is the institutional lead for Food From Thought and a plant genomicist in the department of molecular and cellular biology.
New technology and agricultural practices must enhance biodiversity, produce safe, nutritious food, and improve animal welfare and human health, he said.
U of G is well-placed to lead this project, Campbell says. “We are Canada’s food university, with a 150-year legacy in agri-food and a reputation for innovation and commitment. We also have the capacity, with world-class researchers and facilities, and strong partnerships with government and industry.”
Geography professor Evan Fraser, scientific director of Food From Thought and director of UofG’s Food Institute, said launching a digital revolution will require improved understanding of the complex interplay between farming practices, the genetic potential of our crops and livestock, and the environment.
“This is essential if we are to realize the potential offered by our emerging ability to collect vast amounts of data and to develop information management systems,” he said.
Food From Thought will bring together experts to generate and commercialize knowledge, and to inform agri-food policy-makers and practices from farm management to global conservation planning.
The initiative will offer new teaching and research opportunities, and will focus on training the next generation of agri-food leaders through fellowships and graduate student positions.
More than $1 million will be available for annual research awards and competitions intended to develop innovations for sustainable food systems.
Within Food From Thought, researchers will work on key scientific missions including:
Expanding use of DNA barcoding technology developed at U of G to identify food fraud, food-borne ailments and invasive pests, and to improve environmental impact assessments;
Using “big data” on farms to reduce pesticide use, monitor watershed health and identify crops suited to the effects of climate change; and
Using information management systems to help track emerging infectious disease threats to livestock and control pathogens in the food supply.
Food From Thought includes partnerships with academic institutions around the globe, numerous government agencies, and industry and innovation centres.
One key partner is IBM Canada, which will be involved in everything from research collaborations to cognitive and data analytics tools and training to secure cloud-based storage.
“IBM shares the scientific vision of Food From Thought: ensuring that we sustainably, resiliently and safely increase production while enhancing ecosystem services and livestock health and welfare using data-driven approaches,” said Sanjeev Gill, research executive at IBM Canada.
Food From Thought will be one of U of G’s largest and most inclusive research projects, spanning all seven colleges. It will be led by 10 principal investigatorsfrom across campus.
Today’s funding announcement was part of a $900-million competition lasting several months and involving a review panel of Canadian and international scientific experts. This is the second CFREF competition since 2014.
The workshop is open to new and established producers, and is a requirement to apply to the Animal and Plant Health Focus Area, under the Growing Forward 2 cost-share program for producers.
Oct. 15 Chelmsford 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Nov. 17 Kanata 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Oct. 25 Clinton 10:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Crop & Horticulture Biosecurity
Sept. 20 Leamington 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Oct. 28 Brodhagen 10:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Oct. 14 Woodstock 10:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Oct. 19 Elora 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Generic Livestock Biosecurity (beef, sheep, goat)
Sept. 14 Kars 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m
Oct. 4 Brighton 6:30pm - 9:30p.m
Oct. 6 Powassan 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m
Oct. 7 Verner 10:00a.m - 3:00p.m
Oct. 13 Casselman 10:00a.m - 3:00p.m *FRENCH
Nov. 1 Port Perry 6:30pm -9:30p.m
Nov. 1 Mount Forest 10:00a.m -3:00p.m
Nov. 2 Earlton 10:00a.m - 3:00p.m
Oct. 27 Markdale 10:00a.m. - 3:00pm
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