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August 2022

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Farmer Wellness Initiative

The Farmer Wellness Initiative offers farmers across Ontario and members of their household will have access to free counselling sessions with a mental health professional. The mental health professionals have received training to understand the unique needs of Ontario farmers. Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in English and French, farmers can call 1-866-267-6255 to speak to a counsellor. This service is provided by LifeWorks.
The Farmer Wellness Initiative is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association-Ontario Division, in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and aims to protect and enhance the mental well-being of farmers and their families. This initiative is funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario, and through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
This program will provide valuable support for the agricultural community by giving farmers easy access to a comprehensive network of mental health counselling and crisis services. Together, we can break the silence. Please visit to learn more. 

Upcoming Events
Superior Seed Producers Farm Tour in Northwestern Ontario
August 20, 9:00am-4:00pm

The Seed Savers Farm Tour is hosted by Thunder Bay’s Superior Seed Producers, in partnership with EFAO, Roots Community Food Centre, the Lake Superior Living Labs Network and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. 

The tour will stop at 3 farms in and around Thunder Bay. There is no cost to register.
Upcoming Webinar! 

By the Numbers: Profiling Your Agri-Food Sector Using Impactful Stats

Thursday September 8, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join the OFA for a webinar on the resources available to you through OMAFRA and OFA to help you understand and communicate the value of the agricultural sector.
  • Learn about the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' statistics including new Census of Agriculture information and discover new agriculture and food data sets.
  • Learn about a number of resources through the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that will help you tell the story of agriculture in your community.
Stephen Duff, Chief Economist, OMAFRA
Danielle Sharman, Policy Analyst, OFA
Community Spotlights

On-Farm Climate Action Fund 

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is launching an On-Farm Climate Action Fund, which consists of cost-sharing programs to assist in implementing new cover cropping, rotational grazing or nitrogen management projects.
The cost-sharing funding is outlined below for each project category:
  • Cover Cropping- 65% up to $20,000
  • Rotational Grazing Systems- 65% up to $20,000
  • Nitrogen Management- 65% up to $30,000
The Program will be accepting applications starting August 3, 2022 until August 17, 2022. For more information regarding applicant eligibility, eligible activities and costs, documentation required, etc., please click here.
Fair Finance Fund Summer Intake

The Fair Finance Fund is open and accepting applications until Friday, August 12, 2022. The Fair Finance Fund supports local food or farm businesses looking for access to capital to purchase equipment, complete a major project or improve/expand their operation, please share.

Loans are available from $20,000 to $200,000 for a 5-year term at a 6.25% interest rate. Each client receives up to 10 hours of mentorship and business assistance to help navigate business challenges through the loan period from experts in food and farming.  

To learn more, please visit 
First Nations Business Start Up and Expansion Program

IAPO is pleased to offer the First Nations Business Start Up and Expansion Program
financing for First Nation entrepreneurs, businesses & economic development
Areas of financing include:
  • Seed Capital
  • Start-up and Early Stage Loans
  • Expansion Capital
  • Business Acquisition
Qualified businesses are eligible for funding of up to $100,000 and grants of up to
$10,000. To qualify applicants must demonstrate economic viability, as well as,
the need for FNBSEP funding. IAPO will be accepting FNBSEP applications until
December 31, 2022.
Please note that this program is available to support qualified First Nations farm and
agribusinesses across Ontario. It is also available to support qualified First Nations
businesses in all sectors in South Central and Eastern Ontario.
For more details about the program, click here.
For an application or further information contact: or 1-800- 363-0329.
Responsive Advancement for Meat Processing

The Responsive Advancement for Meat Processing (RAMP) Program is for northern Ontario abattoirs and free-standing meat processing plants.  RAMP is a comprehensive approach to the sector that provides advisory support, expert consulting, and funding for eligible projects. 

The RAMP program will provide up to $25,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of new technologies, equipment and/or materials that will result in the growth and diversity of the meat sector supply chain within the agri-food sector in the region. Participation in the program’s initiatives (productivity assessments and management training) is strongly encouraged for funding recipients.

Eligible Applicants
  • Provincially or federally inspected abattoirs and free-standing meat processing plants located in Northern Ontario.
  • Both start-up and existing businesses are eligible. Start-up businesses are expected to provide a business plan

For more information visit:
FoodShift Program

BIOENTERPRISE in conjunction with FedDev Ontario have recently announced the launch of the FoodShift Program focused on subsidizing the adoption of clean technologies.
FoodShift Program Overview
The FoodShift program will provide non-repayable funding for net-zero technology adoption ($1.5 million) to food and beverage processors to subsidize the cost of adopting and integrating new clean technologies into their operations. Successful program recipients will be selected through an open call for applications and will be awarded up to $50,000 in project-based matching funding. FoodShift program is supported by a nearly $2 million Government of Canada investment through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Eligible Projects are those that support the adoption and integration of new clean technologies into the applicant’s operations to transition towards a net-zero future. This funding could be used to cover both advisory costs and acquisition costs related to the new technology. The project must be conducted in collaboration with an eligible clean technology provider.
Call For Applications Launched July 27, 2022
FoodShift invites organizations based in Ontario operating in the food and beverage processing sector to lead clean technology adoption projects.
Additional Details can be found here:  or by contacting

George Brown College Announces New Grant for Food, Beverage, and Agri-tech Companies
  • Innovation support in new food or beverage product, or research supporting the launch of a new product
  • Substantial improvements on existing technology will be considered
  • Sensory services are eligible 
  • Innovation support in mechanical/electrical integration, embedded software IoT, equipment-based product development and mechanical physical prototype fabrication 
  • Preference will be given to manufacturers, but not required. 
  • Canadian corporation
  • Minimum project value of $10,000
  • Up to $20,000 per company for eligible projects
  • Minimum 30% cash contribution, depending on research requirements
  • No application necessary
  • Email to begin the process
  • Meeting with appropriate George Brown College team member for scoping
  • Internal approval of project
  • Approval of rough budget and proposal


Introducing the Ontario Crop Protection Hub

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is transforming the way crop protection information is provided to better serve clients through an online digital application called the Ontario Crop Protection Hub. The Ontario Crop Protection Hub is now available and ready for you to access and offers the latest crop protection information: For vegetable crops, the Ontario Crop Protection Hub shows herbicides that were previously listed in the Guide to Weed Control – Publication 75B as well as fungicides and insecticides that were shown in the Vegetable Crop Protection Guide – Publication 838. 

Sign up for OMAFRA's Field Crop News

Field Crop News is a resource for Ontario field crop production. It is managed by OMAFRA's Field Crop Unit. Some articles of interest:

You can visit Field Crop News here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for the mailing list.

Horticulture IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Workshop Series (Recordings)
The following training videos are available at ONhortcrops YouTube channel 
Introduction to IPM
Apple IPM
Cucurbit crop IPM
Strawberry and raspberry IPM
Hazelnut IPM
Tomatoes and peppers IPM
Brassica crops IPM
Carrot and Onion IPM

Ontario Pork's New How-to-Guide for Small-Scale Producers

Ontario Pork has developed a how-to-guide to help small-scale producers and hobby farmers raising pigs in Ontario. This guide covers feeding, management, health, government regulations and mandatory requirements for raising pigs in Ontario.
When raising pigs outdoors, the welfare of your pigs and the environment are top priorities. Here are some resources related to managing outdoor pigs.

Poultry Industry Council's Resources on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Check out the Poultry Industry Council's website for updates on best practices for biosecurity on your farm, and more information about the status about the Avian Influenza status: Biosecurity and Disease — Poultry Industry Council

Other helpful links:

Foundations in Agricultural Management

Are you ready to take your agricultural business to the next level? The University of Guelph is offering an online course that explores agricultural business strategy and planning, farm management, succession planning and financial fundamentals. Invest a few hours in this free, online course!

Visit the University of Guelph's website for more information and to register: Home | University of Guelph - Foundations in Agricultural Management (