Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Small ruminant specialist coming to Manitoulin

Jillian Craig, OMAFRA small ruminant specialist, will be touring Northeastern Ontario the end of September. Currently the plan is to have Jillian run a Manitoulin workshop/twilight tour on September 27, followed by regional farms calls on her way to Algoma District on the 28th. Sheep and goat producers interested are free to contact me at 705-282-1638 or email brian.bell2@ontario.ca to arrange visits and topics for the workshop.

Chicken Farmers of Ontario artisanal program for 2017

The new ‘Artisanal Chicken’ program is directed at those farmers who are interested in growing between 600 and 3,000 chickens annually (through a production licence) for select target markets such as local farmer markets. These new CFO market opportunities will be supported by a portion of future production growth allocated to Ontario through the national supply management system. Here is the link for applying for the 2017 production year: https://forms.ontariochicken.ca/ArtisanalChickenProgram/Home2017.html  Here is the main page for the artisanal program: https://www.ontariochicken.ca/Programs/Artisanal-Chicken-Program.aspx  A reminder to existing artisanal producers- you must reapply for the 2017 production year. The application deadline is September 9, 2016.