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June 2024

Happy June! It has been a wet one so far but I am wishing prosperous planting on you all! 

Brought to you by: 

Chloe Langlois

Economic and Business Advisor

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

I can be reached at:

(807) 630-4497

You can also contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at: 1-877-424-1300 for assistance.


Apologies to our readers The Excellence in Agriculture Intake has been held at this time, please disregard the original story on this.

OMAFRA 2024 Local Food Report

"This year we are using Local Food Week and the local food report to recognize and thank the people behind the foods we eat every day. Ontario’s agriculture and food industry employs more than 836,000 people across the province — representing one in 10 jobs. This includes Ontario farmers, who grow more than 200 commodities on over 48,000 farms; over 54,000 food retailers and food service businesses; and more than 4,900 food and beverage businesses who manufacture and process 42% of Canada’s food and beverages. Ontario’s agriculture and food industry is an economic powerhouse, and farmers and people across the local food supply chain are at the heart of it all." - Minister Thompson

Walkabout Farm received an Honourable Mention in the Northern Business Excellence category of the 2023 Excellence in Agriculture Program for their significant contributions to Ontario agriculture.

Read it Here

Intake 2 of The Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) - NOW OPEN


As part of the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Initiative, OSCIA is delivering the second year of the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP), a five-year program providing funding to eligible Ontario farmers to implement projects focused on addressing climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon. 

Funding is available for:

  • Natural Grassland Establishment;
  • Perennial Biomass Crops;
  • Perennial Warm Season Pastures;
  • Reduced Tillage; 
  • Tree and Shrub Planting; 
  • Water Retention Features, and;
  • Wetlands.

The intake will close once available funding has been fully allocated. A farm business can have a maximum of two active applications submitted to the intake. 

The program guide provides information on eligible activities and costs, available funding, documentation required to be submitted with an application, and a link to the application form. 

Visit the OSCIA Website

Attention Farmers in Northern Ontario

Are you curious about the health of your soil? Then consider participating in the Soils At Guelph SHAP Ground Truthing Project. SHAP is OMAFRA’s made-in-Ontario tool for Soil Health Assessment and Planning.

Unlock the Secrets of Your Soil

Participating in our project means your farm will qualify for one FREE soil health analysis per field. The SHAP Ground Truthing Project analysis includes organic matter, aggregate stability, active carbon, respiration and potentially mineralizable nitrogen. We will also pay for soil texture analysis, a standard fertility package (pH, CEC, P, Ca, Mg), and organic carbon and total nitrogen. 

Getting involved: To register for the SHAP Ground Truthing Project, simply send an email to

Building a robust Ontario SHAP Database, Together

Soils At Guelph is working together with others in the province to build a robust SHAP database with Ontario agricultural lands. 

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Upcoming Events

Northern Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting 

The fourth in this years series will be held online: Wednesday June 12th, at 8:30AM Eastern/ 7:30AM Central. 


Tracey Baute (Entomologist) and Meghan Moran (Canola & Dry Bean Specialist) will be hosting all meetings. Other OMAFRA Specialists will join the call, so please join to ask them questions. 


Horst Bohner the OMAFRA soybean specialist will be joining June 12th


For the final meeting on Wednesday June 26th; Albert Tenuta the specialist of plant diseases from OMAFRA will be joining the call.


A provincial summary of crop conditions based on the Ag Breakfast Meeting discussions will be posted on Fridays on at the following URL.


Register by calling the AICC at: 1-877-424-1300, or feel free to just join us with the link below

Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 898 4794 4195

Passcode: 826872

OMAFRA Research in Action Webinar: Ontario AgRobotics: Cultivating Tomorrow 

Session 25: Thursday June 27th, 2024 @ 1:30-3:45PM

In this session, we will hear from industry experts and OMAFRA-funded researchers as they discuss insights and findings on the topic of robotics use in our agri-food sector. 


  • Dr. Heather Hall, University of Waterloo
  • Dan Woods, Western Fair District
  • Jason Gharibo, Haggerty Robotics
  • Dr. Brian Lynch, Vinland Research Innovation Centre
  • Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Passcode: research

Artificial Intelligence Innovations in Future Farming and Food

Webinars will take place on Tuesdays in June, 11 AM to 12 PM EST.

Join us for an exciting online event where experts from the University of Guelph (Canada) and Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands) explore the latest advancements in AI technology in the agriculture and food industry. Gain insights from experts on the challenges associated with AI technology development and adoption, as well as the necessity for new policies and strategies concerning data exchange and valuation.

This webinar series, consists of four panel sessions that focus on various aspects of integrating artificial intelligence and data-driven solutions in the agriculture and food sectors. Topics include technology integration and adoption strategies, ethical and social issues, and data exchange and valuation throughout the supply chain. 

Register Now!

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Experience the agricultural event of the year at the Northwest International Ag Expo, hosted by the Northwest Soil & Crop Improvement Association! 

Whether you’re a seasoned producer, a thriving agribusiness, or a passionate stakeholder, this expo is tailored just for you. 

Join us as we delve into insightful discussions on crops, livestock, and regional agricultural practices that shape our industry. Engage with industry-leading experts at equipment displays, where innovation meets practicality. And don’t miss out on invaluable networking opportunities with fellow agribusiness professionals.

Follow us on Facebook @NorthwestInternationalAgExpo

Register Today!

Supports farmers to build resilient ecological farms and grow a strong knowledge-sharing community.

EFAO brings farmers together so they can learn from each other and improve the health of their soils, crops, livestock and the environment, while running profitable farm businesses

Upcoming Events:

June 10th - Webinar: Flower Production

June 12th - Webinar: Setting Up An Urban Farm

June 17th - Webinar: Ecology of Pasture Raised Meat Production

June 22nd - Field Day: Young Farmer Potluck and Field Day #1

June 24th - Webinar: Keeping Sheep

June 26th - Workshop: Composting in Community

July 10th - Field Day: Crosby Gitigaan and County Left Farm

July 15th - Webinar: Orchard Care Basics

July 17th - Webinar: Farmer Mental Health

July 22nd - Webinar: Pasture-Raised Poultry 

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Farmer Wellness Initiative

The Farmer Wellness Initiative provides Ontario farmers and their families with free, unlimited mental health counselling, specific to the unique challenges that can be experienced by the agricultural community. 

Operated by TELUS Health, you can call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to be connected to support, available in both English and French. 

CALL NOW: 1-866-267-6255

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OMAFRA Dateline

OMAFRA Dateline is an online calendar resource for use by interested individuals, businesses and organizations across Ontario. Calendar events may be hosted by OMAFRA or other groups. The events posted on this site are aimed at sharing information to agriculture, agri-food businesses and regional economic development clients. Please check the calendar regularly for upcoming events, workshops, conferences and meetings or to post an event.

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Funding Programs

Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) - OPEN

SARPAL is a Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative that is focused on working with farmers to support the recovery of species at risk on agricultural land. SARPAL funds conservation actions currently focused on supporting 12 target Species at Risk.

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Critical Industrial Technologies Initiative - OPEN

Expression of Interest Deadline: June 15th, Application Deadline: June 30th

The integration of critical technologies is the global future of industry. Through the Critical Industrial Technologies initiative Ontario industry will converge with innovative SMEs to amplify Ontario’s rich critical technology capabilities.

The Ontario agri-food sector is currently grappling with challenges in maintaining an adequate workforce to meet its labour requirements, posing potential obstacles to the sector's capacity to sustain and enhance the province's food supply and export potential. Innovative solutions that integrate critical technologies are a viable and extremely promising solution for the sector. The Critical Industrial Technologies program is therefore issuing a call for transformative solutions that leverage Critical Technologies to enhance the operational efficiency, increase productivity, and offset labour shortages within the agri-food sector. These technologies encompass a wide range of innovations, including robotics, automation, and advanced process efficiencies, which can optimize operations across the supply chain while facilitating workforce development and safety. 

Ontario-based companies are encouraged to submit their innovative solutions that can demonstrate a transformative approach to the agri-food sector labour market challenges.

Up to $1,000,000 • Funding must be matched 2:1 by the Applicant Companies by cash or cash equivalent. Matching contributions can also be provided by Industry Partners

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Ontario Trillium Foundation - Seed Grant

The Application period is open until June 26th, 2024 at 5PM ET

TERM LENGTH -6 or 12 months

AMOUNT AWARDED (PER YEAR): Minimum $10,000 to a Maximum of $100,000

Build capacity and prepare for future programming

Seed grants help organizations build resilience and enhance their ability to deliver programs and services that directly benefit community members. Applicants can apply for funding to support organizational planning, pilot a new program, and build their capacity to plan for future programs and services.

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Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative & Guidelines - OPEN

The Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative provides funding to dairy processors for equipment upgrades that make processing more efficient and/or improve food safety.

The following activities are eligible under the Initiative:

  1. incremental activities specifically required to create or increase processing efficiencies for Ontario facilities
  2. incremental activities specifically required to both create or increase processing efficiencies and improve food safety for Ontario facilities
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Grow Ontario Market Initiative - OPEN


Apply Now - This initiative is in high demand and at 75% uptake

OMAFRA is pleased to inform you that the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $6 million under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) to help eligible agri-food businesses and industry organizations expand markets for Ontario food products.


This Grow Ontario Market Initiative will support agri-food producers, processors, and industry organizations with cost-share opportunities for the implementation of domestic and export marketing activities. 


Eligible activities will include (see link to guidelines for specific program details):

·    analysis and planning for new export and domestic market opportunities

·    implementation of new export and domestic marketing activities

·    development of new products that meet market opportunities 


Under the Grow Ontario Market Initiative applicants can receive up to 50 per cent cost share for eligible costs, to a maximum of $60,000 for producers and processors, and up to $125,000 for industry organizations. 


For More Information or with questions about the program please contact your regional advisor directly

Apply Here

Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative Guidelines - OPEN

Learn more about funding opportunities to enhance biosecurity at your business.

Intake Open

The Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative supports the resiliency of the agriculture and food sector by addressing biosecurity risks and enhancing emergency preparedness. It provides funding opportunities to key agriculture industry businesses, including Primary Producers, Processors, and Service Providers. The Initiative has 7 Project Categories to support related activities across the full agri-food value chain (two for animal health and five for plant health).

Apply Here

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

INVEST North Program

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.

Community Enhancement Program

The Community Enhancement Program is designed to help build strong and resilient Northern communities through infrastructure investments, to upgrade / repair existing assets to improve community quality of life, economic development infrastructure and strategic economic development initiatives

For a list of all NOHFC programming go to:

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Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario 

FedNor is the Government of Canada's economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

Current Open Programs Include:

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) 

Supporting the growth of Canadian businesses, their expansion into new markets and their adoption of new technologies and processes.

Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) 

Supporting communities' efforts to plan and mobilize their resources, enhance business growth, and exploit new opportunities for economic development and diversification.

Community Futures Program (CFP)

Encouraging the growth of small and medium-sized businesses via a network of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations spread out across the region.

Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

Enhancing the economic viability of the region’s Francophone communities through support for innovation, economic diversification and business growth initiatives.

For More Information or to Apply:

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Other E-mail Notices, Updates, Blogs and Podcasts that OMAFRA offers


Economic Development



Farm Business Registration


To register a farm business and get a Farm Business Registration number (FBR), please contact Agricorp at 1-866-327-367 | 

First Nations Agriculture & Finance Ontario


Provides financing and support to build sustainable communities for Indigenous farmers and businesses.

Indigenous Services Canada

Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program


Loan program to farmers and agricultural co-operatives. Farmers can use these loans to establish, improve, and develop farms, while agricultural co-operatives may also access loans to process, distribute, or market the products of farming. 



An online application that allows you to create custom maps and find agricultural information for Ontario, combining agricultural data on soils and drainage, as well as data layers from other Government of Ontario ministries.


The website for all things agriculture in the north, hosted by Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance.

Farm Credit Canada


A federal Crown corporation that lends money and provides other services to primary producers, agri-food operations and agribusinesses that provide inputs or add value to agriculture.

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