Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

Controlling house flies in your poultry barn

Got house flies in your poultry barn? Are you searching for control options? Poultry barns provide an ideal environment for house fly populations to thrive if sufficient control methods are not in place. Controlling house fly populations is important for maintaining a healthy barn environment. Without control methods, large fly populations can: Damage equipment and increase biosecurity risk; decrease poultry production; affect relationships with neighbours. Flies can also be carriers of food-borne diseases, carrying bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli from one location to another. Controlling flies involves the combined use of different methods: Barn management; biological control; mechanical control; chemical control. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) book, “House Fly Control in Poultry Barns,” describes integrated pest management practices and provides information on different control methods for effective house fly control. The book is a great resource that can help you tailor fly control strategies to match your unique farming situation. Visit to download a PDF version of the book. You can also order free copies from ServiceOntario at or 1-800-668-9938.

Species at Risk Farm Incentive

The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program is back for 2016. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), with support from Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, is pleased to support producers who are enhancing farm habitat for species at risk across the province. With streamlined funding levels and new bundled application forms—and up to $20,000 available per farm business—it’s easy to benefit more with SARFIP. Applications are now being accepted, and funding will be allocated to projects in the order in which they are received until fully allocated. Funding for this program is limited; if you have a project idea that fits, get your application submitted as soon as possible. Projects initiated on or after April 1, 2016 may be eligible. For more information on eligibility criteria, the application process, and program deadlines, or to sign up to an upcoming EFP workshop in your area, visit the SARFIP page on the OSCIA website at or contact OSCIA directly at 519-826-3035 or