Programs, Grants & Awards
Sept. 7, 2016 - Dominic Drapeau and Célia Neault of Drapeau & Bélanger Farm have been selected as Quebec’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for 2016. The winners were announced at the CentreExpo Cogeco in Drummondville, QC, on September 2.
Dominic and Célia are third generation dairy and field crop farmers who are not afraid to make changes and embrace new technology. Their 625 cows are milked three times per day and the results speak for themselves; in ten years, the herd average has increased significantly from 8,295 litres per cow per year to 11,136 litres.
“The Quebec OYF region received three amazing nominations this year,” says Michel Robert, Regional Chair for Quebec OYF. “All of the finalists had exceptional accomplishments and performance and the judges were faced with a difficult decision, but ultimately Dominic and Célia stood out as this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers.”
Raised in a farming family, Dominic got involved in the family business at a young age. When he was 16, he was performing artificial insemination on cows and developed his management skills by taking over the herd and feeding responsibilities. He met Célia, an ambitious woman working in marketing at the time, and together they started their family now comprised of four children.
In the barn they 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 leveling, draining, seeding, fertilizing and spraying. With these innovations over the last four years, they have enabled the farm to increase overall yields by five to 10 per cent each year.
Dominic and Célia’s passion for agriculture gives them energy and they plan on quadrupling the capacity of the current buildings over the next 20 years. This passion for agriculture is balanced with family time, which includes dancing, soccer, hockey and family gatherings. The fourth generation of Drapeau & Bélanger Farm will be welcome when the time comes.
Celebrating 36 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture. Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative. The national media sponsor is Annex Business Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and Farm Management Canada.
Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2016 will be chosen at the National Event in Niagara Falls, Ontario from Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016.
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September 7, 2016 - The University of Guelph Ridgetown Campuswill continue to offer the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course for corn and soybeans free until April 30, 2017. The course is now required for anyone to buy and use neonicotinoid-treated corn or soybean seed.

The course covers corn and soybean pest identification, planting best management practices, the new regulatory requirements for Class 12 pesticides, and pollinator protection from neonicotinoid exposure. The course is taught by experienced instructors, many of whom are farmers.

“Everyone in my classes has learned a great deal from this course through the variety of learning activities we use to support the material covered in the manual," says Bryan Brodie, a course instructor. "That has furthered their understanding of the regulations relating to Class 12 pesticides.”

Courses can be taken as a half-day in-class program, or over two days online where participants enjoy the convenience of learning at their own pace. Upcoming course dates will be posted on Courses will be offered in English and French, both in-class across the province and online. To register, go to or call 1-866-225-9020.

For more information, contact:

Denise Lesy or Kirsty Moore
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0
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Sept. 1, 2016 - After one of the driest growing seasons on record, are you wondering what options there are to manage through anticipated future droughts? Water is the most limiting input into crop productivity and, as a result, impacts the use efficiency of all your other crop inputs.

Join other interested farmers and advisors on a tour of Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) installations for grain crop production. Tour three installations that show the potential of these systems to mitigate the impacts of dry weather on crop production.

What are the opportunities and obstacles that SDI systems might offer Ontario grain farmers, regardless of their soil types?

Come and explore with us and have an opportunity to see installations and speak with farmers and who have made this investment, and advisors who have answers to common questions:
  • Is it paying off?
  • How difficult is it to manage? How big is the installation job?
  • Where can I find resources and people who can advise me?
If you have any of these questions, join the tour on Sept. 7th in the Simcoe/Delhi area.

Arrive 1pm at Judge Farms (97 Windham Road 9, La Salette [42.892686, - 80.499290]), for the first part of the tour to view a row crop installation. At approximately 2:30pm, you will travel on your own to Vanden Bussche Irrigation in Delhi (about 20 minutes away), for more info and to view technical equipment. At about 4pm, we will board busses to travel to the final stop in the tour to view another farm installation and discuss farmer ingenuity approaches to SDI. The bus will return you to your vehicle at Vanden Bussche Irrigation by 4:45pm.

While there is no charge for this tour, due logistical constraints space is limited, so you must preregister to attend.

Registration and information can be found here or by calling 877-424-1300.
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August 25, 2016 - Time is running out to apply under Growing Forward 2 (GF2) for organizations and collaborations. The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is seeking short-term, GF2 projects that fit the program criteria, as outlined in the GF2 Program Guide.
There are four remaining intake deadlines and tentative board review dates for the GF2 program:

Intake Deadline*                Tentative Board Review*
October 13, 2016                   December 6, 2016
December 13, 2016                February 2017
February 16, 2017                  April 2017
April 20, 2017                        June 2017
*dates are subject to change/cancellation (visit the AAC website for up-to-date intake deadlines and board meeting dates)
Contact a program coordinator to discuss your project ideas today. The time frame for completing GF2 projects will continue to shorten as the final board review date approaches. Projects cannot start incurring expenses until after the board review date, and must be completed by October 31, 2017.
If you have a project idea, AAC encourages you to submit a pre-proposal prior to completing the full application. Pre-proposals must be received at least ten days before an intake deadline if you would like a response for that intake.

Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists with the delivery of GF2 programming in Ontario.
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August 23, 2016 - Even when you do all the right things, there are no guarantees that everything will go as planned. That’s certainly been Tyler Vollmershausen’s experience in this tough cropping year.

The young Oxford County cash cropper and his family were named the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s (OSCIA) 2016 Soil Champion at the organization’s annual meeting this past February. The recognition is handed out annually for excellence in soil management.

They won the award for their strip tillage practices, implementation of Greenseeker technology for variable rate nitrogen application, and innovative use of cover crops on their operation near Innerkip. But despite all good intentions, Mother Nature is still in charge - and when there’s no rain, plans can change quickly.

“We only had small amounts of rain in May and June - one tenth to two tenths of an inch at a time mostly - which stunted the growth of our early edible beans,” says Tyler, adding that a crop-saving rain of an inch and a half finally fell on about two thirds of their crops during the last week of July.

In ideal conditions, Greenseeker uses sensors to detect where additional nitrogen should be applied to corn, but the Vollmershausens’ corn was so stressed and wrapped from drought this year that they weren’t able to use the technology for a variable rate nitrogen application. Instead, they opted for a very conservative flat rate application.

The lack of rain has also brought other challenges this year. Their corn stands suffered from considerable insect pressure in early May, and western bean cutworm problems in their corn and edible beans are the strongest they’ve seen. In fact, provincial insect experts will be coming to the farm in August, according to Tyler, a delegate with the Ontario Bean Growers, for some work to help establish edible bean thresholds for cutworm to help growers better manage the pest in their crops.

Although cover crops did nothing to alleviate extreme drought stress for the Vollmershausens this year, their biggest benefit actually comes when there is rain as they help the soil absorb and retain moisture. And by coincidence, the large rainfall at the end of July helped illustrate that benefit and validate the Vollmershausens’ cover cropping and strip tilling approach to soil management.

“A piece of one of our fields was plowed this spring for a Union Gas project, essentially destroying everything we’ve been doing with strip tillage and cover crops in bringing up weeds and creating a pan in the soil that impacts drainage,” explains Tyler. After the heavy downpour, the water hadn't yet drained from the plowed ground after two days, whereas a field a couple hundred meters down the road that had been strip tilled and cover cropped was nicely drained – and shows less weed pressure too.

The Vollmershausens preferred cover crop continues to be cereal rye as it grows well and is excellent at choking out weeds; they’ve had less success with ryegrass and oats. “Rye works well for us and we’re comfortable with it; it’s not an expensive cover crop,” says Tyler, adding that they’re now experimenting with thinner stands and using fewer seeds so the crop is easier to burn off in the spring.

Although Tyler is very active on social media and had previously done a bit of speaking about his soil management approaches, the Soil Champion award garnered him more speaking invitations this past winter than he’d ever had before, including being part of Farm & Food Care’s Soil Health Road Show. Sharing knowledge is something he enjoys and says is important for continued progress with cover crops and tillage strategies.

“Others are doing interseeding now too and I’m looking forward to seeing other growers’ results this year,” he says. “It’s better for success when people share their results and use a collaborative approach.”

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is accepting nominations for the 2017 Soil Champion Award until September 1, 2016. More details concerning eligibility and how to make a nomination are available here.
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August 23, 2016 - Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Inc. (CYSA) has unveiled its new website, which allows participants to easily register online. The bilingual site also showcases an extensive photo gallery that media will find useful to showcase their respective provinces' participants and winners post-competition as well as the CYSA promotional video.

Participants wishing to compete in CYSA 2016 are reminded that the deadline to register is September 30, 2016 at midnight.

The topics for 2016 are:

  • What is the impact of public opinion on Canadian farmers?
  • How would you explain a GMO to a non-farmer?
  • What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
  • How can we improve the media's perception of Canadian agriculture?
  • Old MacDonald had a farm...but what about Mrs. MacDonald?
Each year the renowned public speaking competition is held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The competition is open to youth ages 11 to 24 with a passion for agriculture whether raised on a farm, in the country or in the city.

CYSA is a national, bilingual competition that gives participants an opportunity to share their opinions, ideas and concerns about the Canadian agri-food industry in a five- to seven-minute prepared speech.  For more information about CYSA visit
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August 15, 2016 - The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is seeking a worthy receipient for the 201 "Soil Champion" award. Nominees must be residents of the province, and continually contribute to soil management in a way that directly influences improved soil health and crop production sustainability in Ontario.

Sustainable soil management practices may be defined as those that:

  • Make the most efficient use of nutrients
  • Support systems with no net loss of organic matter and soil aggregate ability
  • Build the population and diversity of soil organisms
  • Effectively manages surface water to support reduced tillage systems

Click here to retrieve a nomination form.

The deadline for all nominations and supporting documents is September 1, 2016.
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August 4, 2016 - Van Raay Paskal Farms Ltd. (VRP Farms) is located near the rural Alberta town of Picture Butte – about 240 km south of Calgary with a population of 1,650.  VRP Farms owns and operates seven feedlots housing up to 130,000 head of cattle and crops more than 22,000 acres that produce barley, corn and wheat silage/roughage for the feedlot cattle. Essential to the farm’s success are its approximately 170 employees.

In order to attract and retain that size of a workforce, the farm first expends extensive efforts to hire Canadian workers, and then the remaining positions are filled by Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) primarily from Mexico, the British Isles and South Africa. To reduce its on-going labour shortage, VRP Farms has developed a process where it assists these TFWs through the steps needed to achieve permanent resident status and eventual Canadian citizenship by completing significant on-the-job training and developing the unique skills needed for working with cattle on a feedlot.

“It’s a win – win situation,” explains Jolayne Farn, human resource manager for VRP Farms. “VRP Farms has created a pathway to citizenship for foreign workers so they can stay, thus ensuring that VRP Farms has enough employees long-term and the workers can build their future in Canada. So far we have had a strong response and much success.”                                                                               

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has studied the VRP Farms example of successful workforce retention so that others can emulate their best practices. CAHRC’s mandate is to help alleviate the chronic labour shortage facing Canadian agriculture through its Labour Market Information (LMI) research and developing appropriate labour support tools. CAHRC recently released research indicating that annual farm cash receipt losses to Canadian producers due to job vacancies are $1.5 B or three per cent of the industry’s total value in sales. The current gap between labour demand and the domestic workforce is 59,000 and projections indicate that by 2025, the Canadian agri-workforce could be short workers for 114,000 jobs.

“New Canadians have long been an under-represented group within the agricultural workforce,” explains Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of CAHRC. “Van Raay Paskal Farms has developed an effective labour solution with their training and retention process. CARHC is sharing this case study so that others may learn from it.”

VRP Farms’ approach to labour identifies several aspects that are key to their success:

Excellent orientation program for new arrivals: All new employees are picked up at the airport and lodged in a hotel until suitable housing is found. They are never alone at the start of their employment.

Opportunities for advancement: All employees are provided with opportunities to grow. Training and development is part of the standard employment package. Several of VRP Farms’ workers who arrived as temporary foreign workers have since become Canadian citizens, have been with the company for eight years and have advanced into management positions.

Personal loans: Employees are provided with a $5000 loan to assist in purchasing a vehicle, furniture, a horse for pen riders, etc. This loan is paid back through small pay deductions over a period of two years.

Knowledge sharing: Employees are provided with every opportunity to share their knowledge and experience. While they are learning from VRP Farms, VRP Farms is also learning from them.

Translators:  VRP Farms has Spanish translators to ensure Mexican employees fully understand any information being provided to them.

Employee referral program: The referral program is two tiered; the person that refers a potential hire receives $75 after the recruit’s first six weeks are completed, then another $75 at the end of the recruit’s probation period.

Van Raay Paskal Farms is just one of many case studies being done as part of CAHRC’s LMI research into reducing barriers to agricultural employment for new Canadians.

For more information on CAHRC’s LMI project visit The LMI research is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.
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August 2, 2016 - The Grassland Stewardship Program (GSP) provides cost-share funding for producers who wish to implement select best management practices to improve grassland habitat and benefit species at risk on their farms. Supported best management practices include:
  • Control of encroaching trees and shrubs through mowing
  • Pasture rejuvenation
  • Incorporating delayed grazing into rotational grazing systems
  • Native grassland restoration
  • Forage harvest management (delayed haying)
The Grassland Stewardship Program will be delivered using a merit-based, competitive bid format. The second intake of the Grassland Stewardship Program is now open and will close on August 15, 2016.

Applications for GSP are entirely digital and must be completed online. Full program details and applications can be found here.

Please note that for the current Intake, due to seasonal limitations, applications for BMP 5 - Forage Harvest Management (Delayed Haying) will not be accepted.

It is anticipated that BMP 5 will be available in the 2017 Grassland Stewardship Program, with the first intake opening in January 2017.

Funding for the Grassland Stewardship Program is provided through Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), an Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative.
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August 2, 2016 - Photographers have two months to capture that ‘winning’ shot of on-farm wildlife habitat. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has launched a province wide photo contest, with $2,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Farms are patchwork landscapes that provide valuable plant, fish and wildlife habitat. The Habitat in Focus Farm Photography Contest aims to highlight and promote habitat for species at risk (SAR) created, protected or enhanced by farms across Ontario.

While SAR may be elusive to capture on camera, their habitat is not. Grasslands, pastures, retired fields, stream banks, wetlands, shorelines and woodlands are important environmentally sensitive areas that serve as habitat to SAR on farms.Photos must have been taken on a farm, be digital and be submitted electronically. There is a limit of three photos per category, and there are three categories: tree habitat, water habitat and grasslands habitat.

The first place winner will receive a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera and EF-S lens kit (valued at $1,700). Second prize is a GoPro Hero3 Waterproof HD Sports and Helmet Camera (valued at $300), and third prize is a $150 Henry's gift card.

Judging will consist of three rounds of evaluation based on creativity, photographic quality and overall subject matter relevance to the contest.

Looking for photo ideas and inspiration?
The contest is modeled after the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP). The Best Management Practices (BMPs) supported through SARFIP, as outlined in the Program Guide are a good reference for subject matter ideas in this contest.

The contest will be open until September 30th, 2016. Contestants can visit for complete contest rules and regulations, and to submit their photographs.
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July 27, 2016 - The federal and provincial governments have announced an investment of up to $180 million in a broadband network for southwestern Ontario, a digital initiative involving the University of Guelph (UofG). The funding will support the Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) network, which aims to provide open-access, high-speed fibre optic network capacity to more than 3.5 million people in 300 rural communities, from the Town of Caledon to the Niagara Region to Grey County.

Through Prof. Helen Hambly and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), UofG has provided community engagement, evaluation and research support for the project since 2011.

"It became apparent that the future of Ontario's rural and remote areas was going to be highly influenced by digital development opportunities or the lack thereof," says Hambly. "Our work at UofG in areas such as precision agriculture and knowledge mobilization for agri-food innovation are entirely linked to the underlying broadband infrastructure that makes the uptake of new digital technologies possible."

Hambly, a rural extension expert, heads the Regional and Rural Broadband (R2B2) research unit. As a member of the SWIFT advisory committee, she works with public-sector organizations, businesses, farmers and residents on providing ultra-high-speed broadband and network infrastructure. Through R2B2, she works with researchers and universities across Canada on baseline modelling, quantitative data collection and analysis, GIS mapping and outcome assessment.

"Communities across Canada are seeking ways to measure and monitor their progress in digital development," Hambly says.

Canada was once a leader in Internet capacity, but about one in five Canadians - most of them in rural areas - still lack basic Internet access, said Hambly. Improved rural infrastructure will yield new economic opportunities and efficiencies, and have educational and social benefits, she adds.

"The development of connectivity is tremendously important to enabling province-wide innovation that benefits both rural and urban areas."

The governments of Canada and Ontario will each contribute up to $90 million through the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund. In making the announcement, Bob Chiarelli, minister of infrastructure, said bringing critical broadband infrastructure to southwestern Ontario will strengthen the province's economy.

"High-speed internet will connect people and businesses to the resources they need to compete in the global marketplace and strengthen our economy," says Chiarelli. "Equipping people in the province with the tools they need to succeed is one of the ways we're helping to build Ontario up."

The total estimated project cost is $281 million; the remaining funds will come from municipal and private contributions via the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus, which initially proposed the SWIFT initiative.
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July 21, 2016 - Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) has announced Nicole Mackellar as the recipient of the 2017 GFO-sponsored Nuffield scholarship. Mackellar plans to use the scholarship to study the possibilities for branding of commodities that are further processed into ingredients.

The scholarship is valued at $15,000 and goes to a selected grains and oilseed producer in Ontario to give them the opportunity to study internationally. To be considered for this scholarship, individuals must demonstrate that their study will benefit the Ontario Grains sector and community.

“I have seen the benefit that Nuffield Scholarships have made in the past through networking opportunities, new ideas and experiences, and we are pleased to again sponsor the Grain Farmers of Ontario Nuffield Scholarship,” said Barry Senft, CEO, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “I would like to offer my congratulations to Nicole and look forward to seeing her study progress to benefit the Ontario grains industry.”

With a push from consumers to buy local, Nicole plans to use the Nuffield Scholarship to study methods to brand end-use products, so they are recognized as containing Ontario grains.  She will look to other countries, like Australia, to develop the best model to increase both domestic and export sales.

“The Nuffield scholarship will allow me to connect with colleagues around the world and apply that to Ontario to help increase utilization and market share of Ontario grains,” said Nicole Mackellar, manager of market development, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “This opportunity would not be possible without Nuffield Canada and Grain Farmers of Ontario.”

Mackellar obtained her honours bachelor of arts from McMaster University specializing in economics and psychology. She has nearly a decade of experience in the marketing industry and now works as manager of market development for Grain Farmers of Ontario. Mackellar grew up on a beef and cash crop farm in Middlesex County, and continues to be active in its operations during the busy spring and fall seasons.

This is the second year Grain Farmers of Ontario has sponsored a Nuffield Scholarship. Tony Balkwill, last year’s recipient, is currently studying the challenges of accurately modernizing historical soil type maps into field specific management zones.
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July 21, 2016 - Three visionary agricultural leaders will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2016. The late James Bartlett, Robert Switzer and John Willmott will be formally inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ont.

An agribusiness pioneer, the late James Bartlett made tremendous gains for the Canadian horticultural industry through his leadership and vision. Born into the family business, N.M. Bartlett Inc., James led the Ontario-based company to become the only national horticulture crop protection distributor. James advocated for policies affecting importation of U.S. crop protection products. He helped create, and later chair, the precursor organization to CropLife Canada. And he championed the minor use registration of pesticides for small, specialty markets to keep Canadian horticultural growers competitive. James Bartlett was from Beamsville, ON and was nominated by Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.

Angus breed champion Robert (Bob) Switzer helped create several strong brands for the industry that is keeping Angus the number one breed in Canada. From his Sandy Bar Ranch in southern Saskatchewan, Bob was instrumental in introducing the Certified Angus Beef brand to the entire value chain, from the cattle industry, Canadian hotel and restaurant trade, and ultimately consumers. His vision for a sustainable cattle business led to the creation of Red Coat Cattle Feeders – a community-based feedlot project. Bob is a distinguished Angus breeder, promoter, mentor and judge, and continues to advocate for the cattle industry within Saskatchewan and across Canada. Bob Switzer lives in Aneroid, Sask. and was nominated by the Canadian Angus Association.

Industry leader John Willmott has served Canadian agriculture for decades to bring about changes and advances for countless organizations. His big dreams helped the Canadian Western Agribition grow into the best beef show on the continent. John was integral to establishing Canada’s Farm Progress Show as a premier event for crop and livestock innovations. He served as president of both shows, as well as the Canadian Angus Association. An international cattle judge and Angus breeder, John helped create the first regulations affecting artificial insemination and a standard Record of Performance (ROP) program for the Canadian beef industry. John Willmott lives in Pense, Sask., and was nominated by Canadian Western Agribition.

“Canadian agriculture depends on leaders and visionaries to keep pushing our sector forward,” says president Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This year’s three inductees all channeled their passion, whether for horticulture, beef cattle or industry organizations, into advances and opportunities to make agriculture matter even more. They dreamed big, advocated tirelessly and have left indelible marks on the Canadian agricultural landscape. We are proud to welcome them into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.”

The 2016 induction ceremony will return to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Sunday, November 6 in Toronto, Ont.
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July 21, 2016 - 4-H Canada has announced the recipients of the 2016 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarships, providing support to outstanding youth who will be entering into a post-secondary education in the field  of engineering, arts, science, business, agriculture  or health, beginning in fall 2016. With the support of CIBC, eight 4-H members will each receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their post-secondary education.

4-H Canada continues to provide young Canadians with tools and guidance to build leadership skills through relevant programs and opportunities, such as post-secondary scholarships, which recognize the importance of life-long learning. 2016 marks the second year in a row that 4-H Canada’s national scholarship applications have seen a more than 60 percent increase, as well as an increased amount of scholarship dollars delivered to 4-H members across Canada.

"All of our CIBC scholarship recipients demonstrate the very best traits of 4-H youth leadership," says Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “We are very fortunate to have a partner like CIBC that has been supporting the advancement of 4-H youth for more than 60 years. They recognize the importance of investing in programs that help empower youth and foster leadership.”

The delivery of these programs would not be possible without the ongoing and long-term partnerships with organizations like CIBC that share this vision and recognize the importance of advancing positive youth development in Canada.

“CIBC is dedicated to helping Canada’s youth achieve their academic goals on their way to reaching their career goals and becoming strong leaders of tomorrow,” says Dino Medves, senior vice president and head of CIBC commercial banking. “On behalf of CIBC, I would like to congratulate this year’s exceptional CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship recipients.”

Congratulations and good luck to all the 2016 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship recipients!
  • Alana Ensign, British Columbia
  • Erinn Jones, Alberta
  • Ben Trenson, Alberta
  • Kayley Paskell, Saskatchewan
  • Jessica Johnston , Manitoba
  • Duncan Archer, Ontario
  • Karen Lemon, Ontario
  • Josie Versloot, New Brunswick
Please visit  for more information on 4-H Canada scholarship programs, and to watch for information and application details on future scholarship opportunities.
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Youth competitors from across Alberta spoke in the first annual Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition last week at the Calgary Stampede. The competition hosted more than 20 Albertan youth ages 11 to 24 who presented a prepared speech on an agricultural topic. 

The senior winner, Emily Ritchie of Turner Valley, Alta., spoke on the topic of how to explain a GMO to a non-farmer. Junior winner Aleri Swalwell of Strathmore, Alta., spoke on how we can improve the media's perception of Canadian agriculture. Both winners will represent Alberta in Toronto at the Royal Winter Fair in the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture in November.

Competitors in Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture spoke on the following topics:

- What is the impact of public opinion on Canadian farmers?
- How would you explain a GMO to a non-farmer?
- What does the next generation of agriculture bring to the table?
- How can we improve the media’s perception of Canadian agriculture?
- Old MacDonald had a farm … But what about Mrs. MacDonald?

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July 14, 2016 - The Canada and Manitoba governments will invest nearly $400,000 in 10 research projects expected to provide practical, on-farm benefits to producers.

The Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI) is one of the funded organizations and will receive $288,400 to conduct six research projects focused on:
  • hemp harvesting for use in fibre processing,
  • airflow in large grain-storage bins,
  • guidelines and tools for consolidating on-farm surface water,
  • flax fibre harvesting,
  • improving efficiency for soybean harvest, and
  • comparing canola harvest methods.
“As part of our plan to support science and innovation in the agriculture sector, our government is pleased to make these investments in new production methods and farm practices,” says federal agriculture minister, Lawrence MacAulay.  “With these strategic investments, we are lending a hand to hard-working farmers in Manitoba and across Canada so they can keep their businesses on the cutting edge and create quality jobs.”

Projects are funded under Growing Forward 2’s Growing Innovation – On Farm, which evaluates and demonstrates new agricultural practices or technologies at the farm level. 

“The economic benefits our agricultural research are very impressive because the findings can be implemented by many agricultural producers in Manitoba,” says PAMI CEO, Dave Gullacher.  “Recent studies show work such as this produces $15 to $20 in benefits for every dollar invested, which is essential for our industry.  We will be developing strong funding partnerships with industry and will work closely with a great number of agricultural producers to carry out this work.”

The research must benefit individual producers, communities or the agricultural industry by increasing productivity, introducing new crops or products, refining agricultural management practices or introducing improved production techniques.

Other funded projects include:
  • $50,000 to evaluate smart hive technology to improve hive health, disease surveillance and traceability (Durston Honey Farms Ltd.);
  • $15,745 to study how crop harrowing can improve weed control in organic hemp production and organic transition periods (Scott Beaton);
  • $20,970 to develop a test for staphylococcus aureus in raw milk (Horizon Labs Ltd.); and
  • $23,900 to study nitrogen management for high-yielding wheat varieties (Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association).
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July 14, 2016 - Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Terry Beech, recently announced the recipients of Round 5 funding under Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP).

Five projects are receiving a total of $5.3 million in federal funding through Genome Canada, with an additional $11.6 million invested through partners including provinces, private and public sector organizations.  

"Genomics is a powerful enabling technology that cuts-across many sectors that are of critical importance to Canada as these projects illustrate," says Marc LePage, president and CEO of Genome Canada. "Congratulations to the new teams, whose work has the potential to transform industries and create social and economic benefits for Canadians."

The five projects to receive funding are:

  • Dr. Casey Hubert, from the University of Calgary, is working with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy to de-risk offshore oil and gas exploration in the province using innovative genomic approaches.
  • Dr. Christoph Borchers from the University of Victoria and Dr. Gerald Batist from McGill University, are working with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to validate new technology that will help healthcare professionals match the right cancer treatment to the right patient.
  • Dr. Charles Goulet from Université Laval, is working with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to use variation in aroma-related genes to develop more flavourful tomatoes.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Edwards from the University of Toronto, is working with SiREM to use specific microbes to accelerate the rate of biodegradation and enable less expensive cleanup of contaminated industrial sites.
  • Dr. Xiao-Yan Wen from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, is working with Edge Therapeutics Inc. the develop the best drugs for preventing intracerebral hemorrhage – a form of brain hemorrhage responsible for 10 per cent of all strokes.  
GAPP partners academic researchers with users in the private and public sectors to promote genomics-derived solutions to address challenges or opportunities facing users. The projects are expected to have considerable economic and social impacts in the near term, spurring innovation, commercialization and growth in Canada.

Further, through a Genome Canada and Mitacs partnership, GAPP supports training the next generation of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Several of the projects announced today involve research internships, which will prepare Canada's next entrepreneurs through hands-on experience.

"Today's announcement reflects the shared commitment Mitacs and Genome Canada have in supporting Canada's next generation of innovators whose research in genomics will have significant, multi-sector, impacts on our country's well-being, " says Dr. Alejandro Adem, CEO and scientific director with Mitacs.
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Do you know anyone worthy of being nominated for the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) Leadership Award? 

The winner will participate at the CFGA Annual Meeting in Winnipeg from Nov. 14 to 17, 2016. The winner will also have the opportunity to present a keynote address or report the results of their special communications project at the 2017 CFGA Annual Meeting. 

Please see the nomination form (pdf). CFGA Leadership Award_Nomination Form_ 2016

Published in Business & Policy
July 5, 2016 - Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) has announced a new award to shine a light on the people who work hard to promote Saskatchewan agriculture and help farmers build public trust in our food industry.

The Food & Farm Champion Award is bestowed upon individuals, organizations or businesses who have taken the initiative to speak up about agriculture in our province. Nominees have used their skills to help engage consumers or correct misinformation about production practices, and have done a measureable job of promoting the agriculture sector.

FFC SK is a non-profit organization that seeks to build confidence in Saskatchewan food production - to let consumers know that the food we produce is healthy, safe and responsibly grown; that farmers and ranchers are innovative, technologically advanced and care deeply about the animals and land they work with. With less than 2% of Canadians having a direct link to the farm, concerted consumer outreach is more important than ever.

"We need to share what we do, how we do it and why it matters to all of us in a language and in ways that consumers can understand and appreciate," says Adele Buettner, CEO of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.

This award was designed to recognize those in our community who have helped FFC SK with their mission of enhancing public trust and confidence in food and farming. As the use of social media grows, and misinformation spreads, farmers and ranchers need to join the conversation to ensure that public perception is not swayed by too many people who know very little about food production.

"It's about making the connections between our food and the farmers who produce it," Buettner affirmed. "It's time to encourage the experts to give voice to what they do best to safeguard their futures and build public confidence."

Nominations are to be submitted to the FFC SK office by September 30, 2016. The selection committee will choose a winner from the nominations and award winners will be honoured at the Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan Annual Conference on December 14 & 15 in Saskatoon. Those who are nominated but do not win in the current year will stay in the nomination pool for two more years with two more opportunities to receive recognition for their hard work.
Published in Business Management

Farm Management Canada (FMC) will host an Eastern Ontario Family Farm Safety Day in Douglas, Ont., on July 16. This event is supported by the FCC Ag Safety Fund administered by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) with funding from Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

Published in Business Management

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