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Check out these news articles to find out more about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers and agri-food organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ontario expands COVID-19 inspections to farming operations

Government of Ontario News
January 27, 2021
The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed.

Ontario supporting competitiveness in the greenhouse sector

Government of Ontario News
January 27, 2021
The Ontario government is supporting greenhouse growers by investing over $3.6 million in 12 innovative projects to help develop new technologies, recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and enhance competitiveness and innovation.

Ontario delivering support to agricultural and horticultural societies

Government of Ontario News
January 26, 2021
The funding will help offset lost revenue from cancelled fall fairs and exhibits.

Funding available for farmers taking a lead on soil health and protection of Lake Erie watershed

Niagara This Week
January 18, 2021
Started in 2018, the LEADS initiative is a cost-share program that seeks to improve soil health and reduce agriculture chemicals, such as phosphorus, from entering into waterways from the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds.

U of G and OFA team up to offer new training certificate for agricultural workers

Guelph Today
January 17, 2021
A new training certificate from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is available for those looking to grow their career in agriculture.

Food processors ramp up Cornwall operations

Ottawa Business Journal
January 14, 2021
Several food processors have invested millions of dollars into their Cornwall operations in recent years, capitalizing on the proximity to major urban markets and propelling the industry into one of the city’s largest employers.

Governments support beef farmers and protect food supply chains

Government of Ontario
December 18, 2020
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $5 million in immediate, emergency assistance to help the province’s beef farmers manage costs associated with the impacts of COVID-19 and to help protect Ontario’s food supply network.

Community helps Mexican farm worker heal after stroke and return home for Christmas

(Pre-Publication)
December 17, 2020
José Vega Garcia, a Mexican citizen who has worked as a seasonal labourer at an Ontario nursery for several months per year over the past 16 years, says he owes his life to the kindness and professionalism of the people he works with at Willowbrook Nurseries in Fenwick, ON, healthcare workers and a community that pulled together to support him.

Governments helping Ontario agri-food businesses increase online sales

The Review
December 13, 2020

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing over $3.5 million to help more than 700 businesses in the Ontario agri-food sector establish or expand their online presence. This initiative will provide consumers with more local food choices when shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thunder Bay dairy farmer takes reins at Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Northern Ontario Business
November 28, 2020

Peggy Brekveld is provincial farm organization’s third female president.

Canada could be good place for cellular agriculture production, panel says

Farmtario
November 20, 2020

The production of meat and dairy proteins in a laboratory could help reduce the impact of meat protein consumption on the environment, but could have profound implications for meat producers.

Restaurants Canada is calling on Premier Ford to set up an industry survival taskforce

Restaurants Canada
November 16, 2020
As Ontario continues to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, Restaurants Canada is urging the provincial government to set up a dedicated taskforce to help businesses survive.

Agriculture education evolves to fit modern needs

Farmtario
November 19, 2020

Colleges are offering shorter courses in regional settings to help fill the need for practical skills.

Greenhouse growers press forward with Ontario’s COVID-19 control and prevention strategy

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
November 16, 2020

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers are fully supportive of the Prevention, Control and Outbreak Support Strategy for COVID-19 in Ontario’s Farm Workers launched today to by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Guest workers share context in Nature Fresh Farms short doc

The Grower
November 11, 2020

Nature Fresh Farms has released a 22-minute documentary offering an inside look at how the COVID-19 outbreak affected its operations, particularly its guest work force of several hundred.

Bioenterprise sets up northern agri-food technology hub

Farmtario
November 11, 2020

Bioenterprise is setting up a northern Ontario agri-food technology hub with funding from the federal government’s Fednor agency.

Twenty-five farms host on-farm soil health research

Farmtario
November 10, 2020

A four-year federal-provincial agreement to fund a series of field-scale soil health research projects is underway across southern Ontario.

Ontario invests in agri-food research

Top Crop Manager
November 2, 2020

Ontario is investing $6.52 million into more than 40 agri-food research projects that will support the production of safe, high-quality food, stimulate economic growth, and contribute to even more environmentally friendly agriculture practices.

Conestoga College program to train farm equipment operators

Farmtario
October 28, 2020

The Conestoga College program will start as a pilot project to expand training opportunities for current farm sector employees and better prepare those interesting in careers in agriculture to work on farms.

Ontario supporting farmers through research investments

Government of Ontario
October 22, 2020

Ontario is investing $6.52 million into more than 40 agri-food research projects that will support the production of safe, high-quality food, stimulate economic growth, and contribute to even more environmentally friendly agriculture practices.

Summary of government financial assistance for Ontario farm businesses

Ontario Federation of Agriculture
October 14, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Canadian government and the Ontario government have announced financial assistance measures for individuals and businesses, including farm businesses. OFA has developed a summary of existing programs and new financial assistance measures that may be relevant to Ontario farm businesses.

Ontario’s agricultural food businesses to get funding to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Global News
October 13, 2020

The federal government has announced that $11.6 million can now be accessed to help with COVID safety improvements for Ontario farms, such as building physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems and improving hand-washing facilities.

Government of Canada supports Ontario dairy processors to enhance productivity and protect worker health

Cision
October 7, 2020

Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced funding totaling more than $2.5 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to support Empire Cheese Co-operative, Kawartha Dairy and Mariposa Dairy.

Ontario celebrates innovation with the 2020 Excellence in Agriculture Awards

Government of Ontario
October 5, 2020
The Ontario government is kicking off Ontario Agriculture Week by celebrating the farmers, processors, organizations and businesses that have made agri-food one of the most innovative sectors in the province with the 2020 Excellence in Agriculture Awards.