Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Farmland Health Education Grant Now Available

For further information go to www.ontariosoilcrop.org. This new grant opportunity is available to local and regional associations across eligible districts/counties. The funding is to support education and outreach activities that enhance knowledge in soil health, water quality and/or pollinator health. Full project funding is available up to $5,000 per project. This project is supported by GLASI. Funding for GLASI is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2. The application and program details are available on the OSCIA website under the OSCIA Grants tab under Membership.

Have Your Say on Northern Agri-Food!

The comment period has been extended to October 3, 2016. The Ontario government wants your help to identify opportunities to grow the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector in Northern Ontario. Tell us your ideas on how industry and government can work together to achieve growth of the sector. The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario identified the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector as one of eleven priority sectors that can contribute to the diversification and growth of the Northern Ontario economy. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is developing a strategy for growing the sector and has posted a discussion paper on its website. Your ideas are important to the development of the strategy. We encourage you to read the discussion paper, then, share your ideas with us. Provide your comments in writing by email to northernagrifood@ontario.ca; by delivery to any OMAFRA office (addressed to the Economic Development Policy Branch, OMAFRA); by mail/courier to Economic Development Policy Branch, 1 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor NE, Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2; by fax, (519) 826-4328 (addressed to the Economic Development Policy Branch, OMAFRA). OMAFRA will develop the strategy for the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing sector based on the comments received by the ministry. The strategy, along with other plans and strategies for Northern Ontario, can be expected to drive policies, programs and investments in Northern Ontario over the next 20 years. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Bell at 705-282-1628 or email brian.bell2@ontario.ca