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January 2022

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

Contact me directly:
807-627-1566 or

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

Upcoming Events
EFAO Events

Online Farm Planning Course - January 18 to March 22, 2022
Silvopasture Intensive - January 31 to February 21, 2022

Beef Farmers of Thunder Bay - Annual General Meeting
January 19, 2022 at 7:30pm EST

Join the Beef Farmers of Thunder Bay for their AGM on January 19. For more information on how to join, contact Linsey Ingram at
Northern Agriculture Conference - SAVE THE DATE
February 17 & 18, 2022

Conference agenda coming soon! 

Virtual Nutrient Management Courses
February, 2022

Introduction to Nutrient Management
This course will be taught via Zoom as a 3-session evening course on February 15, 16 and 17 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Participants must attend all three sessions to be given credit for the course.
Regulations and Protocols
This course will be taught via Zoom as a 3-session evening course on February 22, 23 and 24 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Participants must attend all three sessions to be given credit for the course.
Zoom only requires 1 Mbps download speed so most people with basic internet should be able to join the course.
Interested people can register at

Registration is required by late January, so please promote it soon to anyone you think may be interested in the course.

Vertical Farming 101: Webinar Series
February, 2022

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), York Region and Durham Region are collaborating to bring you this FREE Webinar Series!

Are you an aspiring or new urban farmer interested in the emerging field of vertical farming? This webinar series will help you identify and create new opportunities for your vertical farm business. 
Through the webinar series, participants will learn about: 
  • Technical aspects of setting up a vertical farm and what can be grown
  • Navigating the regulatory space from a provincial planning perspective
  • Finding the right community partners and the role of partnerships
  • Real-world case examples from successful businesses

  •  Webinar 1: Introduction to Vertical Farming, February 3, 2022
  •  Webinar 2: Applied Principles of Vertical Farming, February 10, 2022
  •  Webinar 3: Navigating Approvals Process/Permits for Vertical Farming, February 17, 2022
  •  Webinar 4: Community & Academia Partners for Vertical Farming, February 24, 2022

Each webinar takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information and to register: Vertical Farming 101: Webinar Series Tickets | Eventbrite

Ontario Pesticide Safety Courses 
March 1, 2022

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) supports Ontario farmers and pesticide vendors to achieve pesticide safety certification and training.

Rudy Buitenhuis will be teaching two Refresh & Rewrite Grower Pesticide Safety Courses on Tuesday March, 1, 2022 at Murillo Hall. Growers can sign up for sessions that include up to 1 hour of instruction before writing the 2 hour, open-book test, from 9 am - noon or 1 - 4 pm. All local public health protocols will be followed.

Growers can sign up for this or one of the many online courses at the link below:

Profitable Pastures - SAVE THE DATE
March 8 to 10, 2022 at 8:30pm

Mark your calendars for Profitable Pastures 2022! More details to come. This event is organized by the Ontario Forage Council and is free to attend.

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.

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

  • 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.

SNAPP Intake 3 Open
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. 

SNAPP will be holding an information session on December 9 at 7PM. Email to register.

Please contact your regional representative for more information about SNAPP 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 – or (807) 464-3665
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: 

The Grow Stream is designed to assist with the growth and expansion of existing business in Northern Ontario. Visit: 


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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: