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HELP FOR BEEKEEPERS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:57
ONTARIO PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO REBUILD BEE COLONIES
PROVINCE SUPPORTING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, STRONG AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
Ontario is helping beekeepers rebuild their colonies and maintain the essential role honeybees play in the pollination of agricultural crops.
Due to harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues, the province's bee colonies are expected to experience higher than normal mortality rates. To help offset these losses, Ontario is providing one-time financial assistance of $105 per hive to beekeepers who have 10 hives or more and lose over 40 per cent of their colonies between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2014.
Registered beekeepers representing over 90 per cent of the hives in Ontario and the majority of pollination services offered by the industry will benefit from the program. The province is also exploring options to provide bee mortality insurance over the longer term.
Supporting a strong agri-food sector is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.
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Beekeepers can continue to access existing programs like AgriStability, AgriInvest and the Self-Directed Risk Management Program for support, and are encouraged to contact Agricorp to explore their options.
Honeybees play an essential role in the pollination of an estimated $170 million of the province’s horticulture and field crops.
Three thousand registered beekeepers manage approximately 100,000 honey bee colonies in Ontario. Honey production contributes $26 million to the province’s economy.
The province committed $1.2 million toward researching factors that affect bee health and related best management practices in field crop production. Additional actions are underway to support bees and other pollinators based on input from the Ontario Bee Health Working Group.
ONTARIO PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO REBUILD BEE COLONIES
PROVINCE SUPPORTING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, STRONG AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
Ontario is helping beekeepers rebuild their colonies and maintain the essential role honeybees play in the pollination of agricultural crops.
Due to harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues, the province's bee colonies are expected to experience higher than normal mortality rates. To help offset these losses, Ontario is providing one-time financial assistance of $105 per hive to beekeepers who have 10 hives or more and lose over 40 per cent of their colonies between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2014.
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WEATHER OBSERVERS SOUGHT PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:47
SEEKING WEATHER OBSERVERS - COMMUNITY COLLABORATE RAIN, HAIL AND SNOW NETWORK NOW IN ONTARIO
Are you a weather enthusiast? Do you keep regular rainfall records? There is a new weather network for you.
Farm & Food Care Foundation is pleased to announce its involvement with the Canada-wide Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) and the official Ontario launch of the program.  The Ontario program is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Environment and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs in the amount of $65,000 over two years. CoCoRaHS consists of a network of volunteer observers who upload daily precipitation information to the program website, www.cocorahs.org/canada.
CoCoRaHS began in Colorado in the late 1990s and now includes over 16,000 volunteer observers in the United States. It became operational in Manitoba in 2011, Saskatchewan in 2013 and a pilot is now underway in the Atlantic Provinces. The program is set to formally launch in Ontario and is looking for additional observers. Weather INnovations Consulting LP is providing logistical support for the program.
Along with training, CoCoRaHS observers use a monitoring kit which includes an official CoCoRaHS rain gauge and snow measuring equipment.  Each day, when volunteers input their observations online, the data is immediately available publically through an interactive web map.
“Citizen science initiatives like this one are a great way to get Ontarians across the province engaged in watershed management.  This project will allow us to learn more about regional and local weather events and how they impact our water supply, which will benefit consumers, farmers, businesses and government alike,” said David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources.
“Data from CoCoRaHS is used by flood and drought forecasters, meteorologists, farmers, schools, gardeners, engineers, and many more,” said CoCoRaHS Canada’s Ontario Volunteer Coordinator, Karla Jackson. “Often CoCoRaHS fills in many of the gaps that exist between automated stations, providing a better indication of localized precipitation events for Ontario communities.”
“The Farm & Food Care Foundation is pleased to support CoCoRaHS” says Bruce Christie, Farm & Food Care Foundation chair.  “Weather data is an important factor in farm practices today. Additional localized weather monitoring is seen as a benefit to Canadian farmers and environmental sustainability.”
Canadian participants now include Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Farm & Food Care Foundation, Manitoba Infrastructure & Technology, Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and many local watershed management agencies.
Anyone interested in signing up or learning more can send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or apply directly through the website at www.cocorahs.org/canada .
SEEKING WEATHER OBSERVERS - COMMUNITY COLLABORATE RAIN, HAIL AND SNOW NETWORK NOW IN ONTARIO
Are you a weather enthusiast? Do you keep regular rainfall records? There is a new weather network for you.
Farm & Food Care Foundation is pleased to announce its involvement with the Canada-wide Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) and the official Ontario launch of the program.  The Ontario program is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Environment and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs in the amount of $65,000 over two years. CoCoRaHS consists of a network of volunteer observers who upload daily precipitation information to the program website, www.cocorahs.org/canada.
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4-H 100 years old PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013 11:49
CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF HELPING TO SHAPE AGRICULTURAL LEADERS OF THE FUTURE
The Canadian 4-H Council has announced a series of ambitious initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
The first club opened in Roland, Manitoba in 1913 and for the last century, 4-H has continued to play an important role in helping young people develop the self-confidence and skills needed to become well-rounded and responsible citizens.
“More than two million young Canadians have enriched their lives and the lives of others through their 4-H experience,” said Council President Rob Black. “Our centennial celebrations and activities reflect that legacy and point the organization towards to the future.”
The 4-H centennial projects include:
• A national food drive that will see 4-H members and clubs across Canada collect food and cash donations for local food banks with the objective of setting a record for the most food collected by an organization in one year.
• A centennial gala evening to be held in May in Winnipeg to give a nod to the importance of food production, sustainability and the role of youth as future agricultural leaders.
• A campaign called “$100 for 100 Years” that will give past and present 4-H members,  their families and clubs an opportunity to donate to a legacy fund for future programming;
• A Canada Post issued commemorative envelope marking the 4-H centennial;
• A video competition called Shout Out for Ag to give 4-Hers the opportunity  to create a 30-second video expressing a positive message about agriculture.
• As an extension to 4-H provincial public speaking programs, 4-H Canada will make available videos of the final provincial competitions on its website.
• A living history Web site to showcase and celebrate the past and present of 4-H in Canada.
• A global 4-H Youth Ag Summit to be held in Calgary,  Alberta in August 2013, that will bring together 120 delegates from more than 20 countries to discuss how to overcome the challenges of feeding a growing world population.
Supported by the Canadian 4-H Foundation, sponsors and donors, the Canadian 4-H Council through its staff, organizes and coordinates national and international conferences, exchanges, scholarships which focus on leadership development, career choices in agriculture, technology transfer and other pressing issues affecting rural communities and their young people.◊
CANADIAN 4-H COUNCIL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF HELPING TO SHAPE AGRICULTURAL LEADERS OF THE FUTURE
The Canadian 4-H Council has announced a series of ambitious initiatives and events for 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
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FORAGE FOCUS 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:39
The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Forage Focus Conference 2012, this years’ theme is:  “Managing Profitable Forages Now and for the Future”.  The conference will be held in Winchester on Tuesday, November 27th at the Winchester Community Centre, and in Shakespeare on Wednesday, November 28th at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall.  Presentations are CEU accredited.
This years’ keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Hutjens from the University of Illinois.  Dr Hutjens will be speaking on two topics, ”The Role of Forages for a Profitable Operation”, and “Lessons Learned from a Challenging Season”.  Dr. Hutjens has won awards from the Illinois Milk Producers, Holstein Association and the University, but he is also very active in all forms of media.  You can watch him on YouTube, iTunes, Webinar, catch his blog on Dairyline.com, read his articles in Hoard’s Dairyman, and on Googlebooks, and even watch his presentations online.  The Ontario Forage Council welcomes Dr. Hutjens to Ontario, an enthusiastic speaker with information that you can put to use immediately.
Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, OMAFRA will speak on “Coping with the Forage Challenges of 2012”.  There will also be a representative from Agricorp present to explain the benefits of “Crop Production Insurance, Now and in the Future”.
The cost of this years’ conference is $40, and includes conference proceedings and a hot roast beef lunch.  Books of 10 tickets are available at a reduced rate to treat customers, or staff.  Registration deadline is November 23rd, registrations will be accepted at the door, but may not include the hot roast beef lunch.  Registration is available by phone, or mail.  Visa and Mastercard accepted by phone.  Please make cheques payable to the Ontario Forage Council.
Tradeshow and sponsorship opportunities are still available for both days of this conference.  Spaces will fill quickly, so don’t hesitate.  Forage Focus is an excellent opportunity to advertise your business in the eastern part of the province!
For more information on sponsorship/tradeshow opportunities, or to register please contact:
Ontario Forage Council
Ray Robertson, Manager or Patricia Ellingwood, Executive Assistant
Phone:  (519)986-1484, or 1-877-892-8663
Po Box 463
Markdale, Ontario
N0C 1H0
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FORAGE FOCUS 2012 NOVEMBER 28 IN SHAKESPEARE
The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Forage Focus Conference 2012, this years’ theme is:  “Managing Profitable Forages Now and for the Future”.  The conference will be held in Winchester on Tuesday, November 27th at the Winchester Community Centre, and in Shakespeare on Wednesday, November 28th at the Shakespeare Optimist Hall.  Presentations are CEU accredited.
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GFO ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:03
GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS IN 2012
GUELPH, ON (July 3, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce an advance to the initial
payments for pool participants in the 2012 marketing year.
All farmers willing to pre-commit to the marketing department’s pooling program prior to July 31, 2012,
are entitled to $20 per tonne paid in addition to the initial payment upon delivery of pool wheat at
harvest. This offer is available for a limited time and is open to all pools with the exception of Pool G –
Feed.
“The decision to make an advance on the pool initial payment this year through a pre-commitment
offer was made to provide our members additional cash flow at harvest and provide an extended
marketing window to our sales staff,” says Grain Farmers of Ontario vice president Ryan Brown.
The initial payments for the 2012 Grain Farmers of Ontario pool are:
Soft White Winter (Pool A) - $140.00
Hard Red Winter (Pool B) - $145.00
Hard Red Spring (Pool C) - $158.00
Soft Red Wheat (Pool E) - $135.00
Hard Red (Pool F) - $135.00
Feed (Pool G) - $108.00
For additional flexibility at harvest, any farmer with a pre-commitment to the pool can choose to roll
their contract into a forward or cash contract at any time prior to the September 30 pool deadline to
take advantage of favourable market prices for a low administrative fee of $4 per tonne.
“We are working to make the pool an attractive marketing option to our members because
fundamentally it is a great, consistent program,” says marketing manager Todd Austin. “Given the
reality of today’s volatile markets, the pool is a great risk management tool that allows members to
participate in the market throughout the year.”
Farmers can pre-commit to the pool before July 31 by calling the Grain Farmers of Ontario office to
speak with a marketing representative. Grain Farmers of Ontario marketing staff are also available to
answer any questions on the program or provide additional marketing services at 1-800-265-0550.
GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCES ADVANCE TO INITIAL PAYMENTS IN 2012
GUELPH, ON (July 3, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to announce an advance to the initial
payments for pool participants in the 2012 marketing year.
All farmers willing to pre-commit to the marketing department’s pooling program prior to July 31, 2012,
are entitled to $20 per tonne paid in addition to the initial payment upon delivery of pool wheat at
harvest. This offer is available for a limited time and is open to all pools with the exception of Pool G –
Feed.
“The decision to make an advance on the pool initial payment this year through a pre-commitment
offer was made to provide our members additional cash flow at harvest and provide an extended
marketing window to our sales staff,” says Grain Farmers of Ontario vice president Ryan Brown.
The initial payments for the 2012 Grain Farmers of Ontario pool are:
Soft White Winter (Pool A) - $140.00
Hard Red Winter (Pool B) - $145.00
Hard Red Spring (Pool C) - $158.00
Soft Red Wheat (Pool E) - $135.00
Hard Red (Pool F) - $135.00
Feed (Pool G) - $108.00
For additional flexibility at harvest, any farmer with a pre-commitment to the pool can choose to roll
their contract into a forward or cash contract at any time prior to the September 30 pool deadline to
take advantage of favourable market prices for a low administrative fee of $4 per tonne.
“We are working to make the pool an attractive marketing option to our members because
fundamentally it is a great, consistent program,” says marketing manager Todd Austin. “Given the
reality of today’s volatile markets, the pool is a great risk management tool that allows members to
participate in the market throughout the year.”
Farmers can pre-commit to the pool before July 31 by calling the Grain Farmers of Ontario office to
speak with a marketing representative. Grain Farmers of Ontario marketing staff are also available to
answer any questions on the program or provide additional marketing services at 1-800-265-0550.
 
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