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Growing to new heights

Innovative user-friendly technology makes it simple for growers – including those with small-scale operations – to monitor plant health

By Lauren Arva

Monitoring indoor crops could become a lot easier for producers, thanks to technological advances in the ag industry.

Pipe plans for expanded natural gas access

Infrastructure minister 'wants shovels in the ground as quickly as possible'

By Jim Algie
Better Farming

Full details should be available within “the next couple of months” about a new system of cross-subsidization by natural gas ratepayers for expanded rural services, said Monte McNaughton, the province’s minister of infrastructure, in a Better Farming interview.

Finding support after a farm incident

A national charity seeks volunteers and funding to continue supporting injured, ill and disabled farmers

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Through the Canadian Farmers with Disabilities Registry (CFWDR), a registered charity, program coordinators connect recently injured or disabled farmers with other producers who have experienced similar life-changing events.

How to finance your farm projects

As part of the federal economic update, new tax incentives are available for farmers

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Ontario producers can access a range of government programs to help finance improvements to their operations.

Growing Canada’s agri-food industry

CN’s director of grain marketing highlights supply chain pressures

David Przednowek, CN’s director of grain marketing, looks to the future of the supply chain. He stresses the increasing efficiency of rail but highlights the seasonal nature of grain transportation, and the cost and volume pressures on this infrastructure.

                             

                             

Double duty: Working on and off the farm

An Oxford County beef farmer shares tips on successfully managing a heavy workload

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Farms.com

John Mason stays busy year-round with his construction company, marathon training and coaching – in addition to working on his family’s beef farm.

His parents Martin and Liz own a 100-acre farm in Oxford County. John has a few cows on the farm and puts in some sweat equity.

Rural Ontario debates green energy reforms

One county moves toward full reliance on renewable energy

By Jim Algie
Better Farming

Oxford County has adopted plans to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 for eight municipalities within this mainly rural and heavily agricultural region.

Are two varieties better than one?

Researcher highlights the benefits and difficulties of multi-variety planting for soybeans.

By Lauren Arva
Staff Writer
Better Farming

The multi-variety technology for soybeans is fundamentally sound, says Andrew Klopfenstein, senior research associate engineer at Ohio State University.

“We’ve had very few mechanical issues with any of the technology we’ve tested,” he says to Better Farming. “There’s tons of potential.”

The process of multi-variety planting for soybeans is very similar to that of corn, he explains.

Trade wars take toll on livestock producers

While American pork producers appreciate the USDA’s aid package, they would prefer more market opportunities and trade resolutions

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Canadian livestock producers are caught in the crossfire of ongoing trade disputes between the United States and some of its trading partners.

Producers are forced “to make business decisions on how they manage their operations and act accordingly,” said Keith Currie, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Harvesting new apple opportunities

Vineland researchers search for the perfect match of apple varieties to meet Ontario consumers’ cider preferences

By Jim Algie

Hard cider taste tests at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre near St. Catharines show clear consumer preference for sweet fruity flavours over drier tannic ones, said Dr. Amy Bowen, research director of consumer insights at the centre, in a recent interview.