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November 2021
 
Contact me directly:
807-627-1566 or kendal.donahue@ontario.ca
 
Or reach out to OMAFRA's Agriculture Information Contact Centre:
1 877 424-1300
 
Drought Recovery Programs
 
Northwestern Ontario Drought Assistance Initiative
 
The Northwestern Ontario Drought Assistance Initiative provides government support to farms sourcing water to help mitigate current and future drought conditions.
 
Applications are due January 31, 2022.
 
Eligible projects:
  • Water supply expansion/resilience planning • New wells for agricultural purposes • Well maintenance and deepening • Ponds or cisterns for storing water • Water delivery system (piping) to bring water from off farm source to the farm • Water treatment equipment for agricultural use
 
Funding:
  • 50% cost-share funding up to a maximum of $15,000 per recipient.
 
The application and program guidelines are now available: https://www.agricorp.com/en-ca/Programs/nwlivestock/Pages/Overview.aspx
Please email nwlivestock@agricorp.com for questions specific to this program.
 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario Events
 
The following events are webinars unless otherwise indicated:
November 1 - Holistic Farm Design
November 2 - Beyond Land Acknowledgements
November 3 - Planning for Production
November 4 - What are Co-ops and why do they Matter Now?
November 8 - Marketing and Distribution
November 9 - Finances and Budgets
November 10 - Meeting Small Business Requirements on the Farm
November 11 - Innovative Models of Land Access
November 29 - Conference: Cultivating Common Ground: 2021 Virtual EFAO Conference
December 14 - Virtual Meet-up: Farmer-led Research Virtual Meet-ups
 
Register at: Events | EFAO
 
Ontario Pesticide ONLINE Courses Available
 
The Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) supports Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors to achieve pesticide safety certification and training.
 
To view available dates and to register call: 1- 800-652-8573 or register here
 
Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum 
November 3 & 4, 2021
 
Join the annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum taking place from November 3-4, 2021. This virtual event will feature industry experts in discussions on agri-tech, entrepreneurship, exploring innovative ways of doing business and building a resilient agri-food sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
For more information, visit yorklink.ca/agrifoodforum
 
Northern Climate Solutions Webinar Series
November 9, 16, & 23, 7:00 - 8:00pm
 
The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy, together with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario are hosting a 3-part webinar series where local farmers will discuss climate solutions for agriculture in Northern Ontario. 
 
Part 1: Agriculture Solutions for Climate Change Panel
Part 2: Drought-resistant Irrigation for your Farm
Part 3: Drought-resistant Pasture Management
 
To view the full agenda with speakers, and to register, visit: Local Farmers Share Climate Solutions Strategies (mailchi.mp)
 
Grazing Cover Crops Webinars - Sustaining Life Above and Below
November 9, 16, & 23, 7:00 - 8:00pm
 
Grazing Cover Crops Webinars 2021 is back. Hear from producers across Ontario discuss the benefits of grazing cover crops. This years’ webinars will also feature presentations from cover crop researchers detailing the latest in cover crop grazing research.
 
You can view the list of speakers and register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cover-crop-grazing-2021-online-tickets-184366684717
 
NSF International
 
HACCP Food Safety Leadership for Managers and Supervisors
November 10 - 11
 
This virtual, instructor-led training course helps to ensure that managers and supervisors understand their integral role in leading the implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the food safety management system. Explore your critical role and responsibility in providing food safety leadership and ensuring the ongoing conformance to HACCP and the food safety management system. Gain the knowledge and tools to manage the day-to-day challenges of maintaining your food safety system and building a robust culture of food safety.
 
Delivered in 3.5 hour sessions on back-to-back training days | Cost: NSF Member - $525 & Reg - $600 CAD 
 
 
Basics of Backgrounding - Veterinary & Expert Insights Across Canada
November 17, 2021 - 9pm EST
 
Organized by the Beef Cattle Research Council, this webinar will discuss some common challenges when backgrounding calves. There will also be time for asking questions. 
 
Speakers: Dr. Brian Warr, Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Dr. Daniel Pecoskie, Metzger Veterinary Services and Christine Rosser, Coaldale Veterinary Clinic
 
 
Forage Focus
November 30, December 1 & 2, 2021
 
Forage Focus is a forage information conference with a focus on stored feed. This year's event will take place over 3 days from 12:00 - 1:00 pm daily from November 30 - December 2, 2021. Registration is free.
 
November 30: Minimize losses to get the most out of your silage
December 1: Understanding your feed analysis
December 2: Improving alfalfa quality.
 
For more information on each session and to register, visit: Forage Focus 2021 - Powered by Eventzilla
 
Funding Programs
Canadian Agriculture Partnership - Cost-Share Funding for Producers and Other Businesses
 
Submit applications between November 15th & December 6, 2021.
 
Application Information
 
  • The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) administers cost-share funding to farmers and other businesses.
  • Program details, including how to apply, program guides, and application forms can be found on the OSCIA website: https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/canadian-agricultural-partnership/
  • All businesses must complete the program enrolment form before applying for cost-share funding: https://ontarioprograms.net/
  • Cost-share funding under the Partnership is merit-based and project funding amounts are individually established based on project categories.
 
More information will be available once applications open - Please ensure you are checking the website for details as they come out.
 
Canadian Agriculture Partnership - Targeted Intake For Pork Sector
 
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing nearly $3 million in three new initiatives as part of a coordinated effort to enhance biosecurity and support the provincial pork sector’s African swine fever (ASF) prevention and emergency preparedness efforts.
 
Starting November 5, 2021, a new targeted intake under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will provide funding to Ontario pork producers, processors and other agri-businesses to support their training, education and planning, as well as for supply and infrastructure investments and modifications needed to strengthen swine-related operations, support industry businesses, and protect the herds and livelihoods of Ontario pork producers.
 
The intake for pork producers, processors and other agri-businesses to support biosecurity activities will open on November 5, 2021, however expenses incurred as of October 19, 2021 are eligible. Applicants can submit application forms on a first-come, first-served basis until December 3, 2021. Intake information will be posted soon. Applicants will be able to apply for reimbursement of 50 per cent of costs, up to a maximum of $40,000 per applicant.
Growing Opportunities: Work Integrated Learning Opportunity for Post-Secondary Students
 
Growing Opportunities will support Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in the agriculture industry for agriculture and non-agriculture students. 
 
Employers in agriculture are encouraged to hire students from diverse academic backgrounds and qualify for a wage subsidy of up to $ 7500 per student. 
 
Placements can be short-term or long-term, full-time or part-time. The only restriction is that the subsidy will be paid out as a percentage (up to 75%) of the total wages paid between September 1, 2021 to March 30, 2022. 
 
Anyone related to the ag industry including non-profit organizations, universities, ag-tech firms, retailers, horticulture, aquaculture can apply for this funding. 
 
Visit CAHRC's website for more details on this program: AgriTalent | CAHRC - CCRHA
 
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Nadee Imran, AgriTalent Program Manager at nimran@cahrc-ccrha.ca.
 
SNAPP Intake 3 opens December 6, 2021!
 
 
Eligible projects must fall under one of the following streams:
 
  • New Products – Projects that enable agriculture or food producers to create primary or processed products that are new to the business and foster innovation while increasing competitive advantage.
 
  • Productivity Enhancement – Projects that utilize innovative technologies or processes to increase efficiencies in their operations and improve processes or products.
 
  • Clean Tech in Agri-Food – Projects that adopt clean technology at the farm/business level and support improved environmental performance while fostering productivity, growth, and competitiveness. Eligible projects must improve environmental performance relative to standard/most commonplace technologies. Therefore, energy efficiency, remanufacturing, or productivity improvement initiatives do not necessarily include clean tech adoption/adaptation.
 
Funding: up to $10,000.00 at a 50% cost-share for individual applications only (collaborations are not eligible in this intake). Funding is limited and applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. 
 
Please contact your regional representative for more information and to determine if your project is eligible for SNAPP. You must also contact your representative in order to receive an application (applications will not be available before December 6th).  
 
Northwest – Thunder Bay/Kenora/Rainy River: Corey Jones – corey@nwoinnovation.ca or (807) 464-3665
 
Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program
 
Ontario is providing financial support through the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help farmers and agri-food workplaces protect their workforces from COVID-19.
  • Farms and agri-food businesses that hire three or more employees will be eligible for funding.
  • Additional businesses and workers are eligible including corn detasselers, transporters, hatcheries, and primary processing
  • The intake opened April 22, 2021, and applications are being accepted until the funding has been fully distributed or until November 30, 2021. 
  • As part of your application, you will need a written COVID-19 workplace safety plan.
 
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Funded Consulting & Training:
 
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) can provide professional advice and consulting to farms and agri-food businesses – including helping you with a written COVID-19 workplace safety plan! Your workplace may be eligible for two days of services tailored to your needs (worth $2,000 – paid for by the federal and provincial governments). Available until February 28, 2022. 
 
The following workplaces are eligible:
  • Employers, farm sector organizations and farm associations
  •  Provincially licensed meat plants
  •  Other food processors who employ 1-49 employees 
 
Please reach out to WSPS by:
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
 
The Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth in Northern Ontario by encouraging businesses to invest in transformative, strategic and complementary business development opportunities in Northern communities. The program will support productivity, innovation, business competitiveness, revenue growth, export capacity development, job creation and retention.
 
The Launch Stream is is designed to assist with the launch of a new businesses in Northern Ontario. Visit: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/programs/invest-north-program/investment-launch-stream
 
The Grow Stream is designed to assist with the growth and expansion of existing business in Northern Ontario. Visit: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/programs/invest-north-program/investment-grow-stream
 
Resources
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 go to:
 
Farm Organizations Resources:
 
Other supports:
 
Both the Ontario and Canadian Governments have useful information for farmers and agribusiness owners about the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click the links below to find out more information: