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March 2022

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807-627-1566 or

Or reach out to OMAFRA's Agriculture Information Contact Centre:
1 877 424-1300

Upcoming Events

Profitable Pastures 
March 8 to 10, 2022 at 8:30pm

The Ontario Forage Council is pleased to announce that Profitable Pastures will proceed in webinar format again for 2022! Registration is free.

March 8, 2022, 7:30 pm EST - Planned Grazing – Making the Cows work for you - Pam Iwanchysko

March 9, 2022, 7:30 pm EST - 2022 Mapleseed Pasture Award Recipient TBA

March 10, 2022, 7:30 pm EST - Grazing Ruminants- The original soil builders. Lessons learned from my Nuffield Scholarship - Ryan Boyd

Veterinary Services Committee Annual General Meeting
March 17, 2022 at 8:00pm

The Vet Services Committee AGM will be held on March 17, 2022 at 8:00 pm at the Rosslyn Community Centre (second floor). For more information, contact Carol Maki, Secretary-Treasurer, 625-0030.

In-Person Environmental Farm Plan
March 10 & March 24, 2022

There will be an in-person Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workshop in March. Day 1 will be March 10 and Day 2 will be March 24. EFP is required for applying to programs such as the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program and several project categories under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Registration is available at

Manure Mondays
March, 2022

Manure Mondays, presented by OMAFRA, is a weekly educational series featuring highly regarded experts in the field of nutrient management. 

March 7, 2022, 2:00 pm - Handling and Transporting Manure Safely

March 14, 2022, 2:00 pm - Manure Additives

March 21, 2022, 2:00 pm - Maximizing Manure Nutrient Utilization
Every week, our guests will offer their expertise in manure topics including 4R nutrient stewardship, drag hose systems, compaction, fertilizer costs, energy and more. Recordings of previous sessions are also available.

Thunder Bay Community Pasture Annual General Meeting
Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 8:00 pm

The Thunder Bay Community Pasture will hold their AGM on Monday, April 11 at 8:00pm at the Rural 60 Centre. The Rural 60 Centre is located at 5 Pineview Road in Kakabeka Falls off highway 11-17. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information contact Diana Bockus by email or phone 475-871.

Funding 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.

The application deadline has been extended from January 31, 2022 to March 18, 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

  • 50% cost-share funding up to a maximum of $15,000 per recipient.

The application and program guidelines are now available:
Please email for questions specific to this program.

Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program
Important dates:
  • Applications will be accepted starting March 14, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • The program will close when the budget is fully allocated
  • Eligible invoice dates: April 1 to December 15, 2022
  • Claim deadline: December 15, 2022
Program highlights:
  • Funding levels:
  • 45% Indirect Benefits 
  • 60% Direct Benefits - evaluated with Habitat Self Assessment Form
  • 15% SAR Watch Bonus 
  • Up to a maximum of $20,000 in cost-share funding per farm business 
  • 13 supported Best Management Practices 
  • Tree Service Agreements for spring 2023 tree planting

The SARFIP Brochure provides full program details and can be found on the OSCIA website:
If you have questions about the 2022 SARFIP program, please contact or 519-826-4214. 

Cost-share Funding to Support Enhanced Biosecurity for African Swine Fever Preparedness

Through the Enhanced Biosecurity for African Swine Fever Preparedness Initiative under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the governments of Ontario and Canada are providing targeted support for enhanced biosecurity and emergency preparedness planning activities to reduce the likelihood of the introduction of African swine fever (ASF) into Ontario. This intake will assist producers, processors and other agri-businesses across Ontario's pork value chain by cost-sharing certain expenses related to biosecurity improvements and ASF prevention and preparedness activities.

Intake Timing

Completed applications forms will be accepted until March 21, 2022 or while funding remains available, whichever comes first.

Application Information

OMAFRA administers the Partnership cost-share funding for the Enhanced Biosecurity for African Swine Fever Preparedness Initiative.

For more details please visit the program guidelines and the application form or email or call 1-877-424-1300.

The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative

This initiative is a new, cost-share initiative that will increase the access options for veterinary care, especially in rural and northern Ontario, to better support animal health, the livestock agri-food sector and the strength of the province's food supply. Initiative guidelines and the application will be available soon. Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2022 to March 31, 2022.

Guidelines and application to come.

Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

Labour attraction and retention targeted intake

The program helps local communities to attract and retain workers, create new jobs and help support families and businesses affected by COVID-19. Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and local service boards can make applications for funding beginning February 7, 2022, until March 7, 2022.

This funding will support initiatives that address barriers to economic development and position rural communities for economic growth and job creation, such as:
  • Marketing and outreach campaigns to grow rural Ontario’s workforce.
  • Connecting youth and apprentices to job opportunities and placements.
  • Creating dedicated spaces such as innovation hubs and youth centres to develop partnerships and foster innovation.

Guidelines and application will be available on February 7. For more information, visit:


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: