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The perks of renting your farm from the government

The perks of renting your farm from the government

The perks of renting your farm from the government You can start farming today as the National Capital Commission has one farm for rent   Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Want to get into farming? Leasing farmland within the city of Ottawa — of all places — could be the ticket for aspir... Read more

Canadian farm equipment sales expected to decline in 2024

Canadian farm equipment sales expected to decline in 2024

Farmers Forum The Canadian farm equipment market will take a breather in 2024 after last year’s strong performance in the segment, as recently projected by Farm Credit Canada. FCC expects combine harvester sales to decline the most with an anticipated drop of 20 %. That’s a stark contrast with 2023... Read more

Don’t miss out on student scholarships

Don’t miss out on student scholarships

Don’t miss out on student scholarships There’s still time for Ontario students to apply for a variety of scholarships, grants, and bursaries to help them pursue post-secondary studies in agriculture-related fields. Here is a partial list of what’s still available. Keith Gilmore Foundation: Hereford... Read more

First live cattle sale in five years

First live cattle sale in five years

First live cattle sale in 5 years Hugh Fawcett Auctions hosting first in-person event since 2019 Farmers Forum staff WINCHESTER — Stormont County dairy farmers Joe and Joy Krol are hanging up their milkers after 40 years and selling the cows. Their June 22 herd dispersal will be the first live cattl... Read more

TOP KILLER: COYOTE. Sheep most common prey

TOP KILLER: COYOTE. Sheep most common prey

TOP KILLER: COYOTE Sheep most common prey Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Farmers lost 1,724 animals to wildlife predators last year and collected over $1 million from the province in compensation. That head count is down from the predator toll of 2,347 livestock killed in 2022. A cougar killed one she... Read more

Gene-edited crops approved for livestock feed

Gene-edited crops approved for livestock feed

OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved the use of gene-edited crops in livestock feed. The ground breaking May 3 decision means that the federal regulator will treat gene-edited crops the same as traditionally-bred varieties and cultivars, not as a novel technology. Approvals will... Read more

OPINION: Time for a real great reset

OPINION: Time for a real great reset

OPINION: Time for a real great reset It’s high time for a reset; a real reset. Not a World Economic Forum reset where they will own everything and you will be miserable. I’m talking about a reset that is a return to reality because right now we’re being fed a shovelful of lies: Boys can […] Read more

Three reasons why Canadian gun owners should be optimistic

Three reasons why Canadian gun owners should be optimistic

Three reasons why Canadian gun owners should be optimistic The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, law-abiding gun owners have experienced, arguably, the largest, most sustained and unprovoked attack on their community in recent memory, and all... Read more

Preventing a barn fire starts with good housekeeping

Preventing a barn fire starts with good housekeeping

Preventing a barn fire starts with good housekeeping Barn fires are a major distress for farmers. It’s terrible when livestock, swine, horses, poultry, whatever, are inside a building when it goes up in flames. Along with the sizeable financial loss, farm operation losses include equipment, business... Read more

Going with dumb luck: Farmers need to rethink safety

Going with dumb luck: Farmers need to rethink safety

Going with dumb luck Farmers need to rethink safety on the farm, safety consultant says Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Ryan Dick knows firsthand the culture of shrugging off risk on the farm. Two of his uncles were run over by a hay wagon after falling from a tractor fender as children. Th... Read more

Ontario appeals ruling that weakened farm-trespass law

Ontario appeals ruling that weakened farm-trespass law

OTTAWA — The Ford government is going to court in an attempt to fully restore a law that protected farmers from lying animal-rights activists posing as job seekers and intending to “expose” livestock conditions once hired. In 2020, the province passed Bill 156, which explicitly treated those engagin... Read more

They switched to Jerseys and earned a Master Breeder shield

They switched to Jerseys and earned a Master Breeder shield

They switched to Jerseys and earned a Master Breeder shield   Nelson Zandbergan Farmers Forum LEFAIVRE — Alain Poirier remembers when he began switching the herd from Holsteins to Jerseys in 1999 — 10 years after he and his wife, Claudine, bought the dairy operation from her parents. “It’s funn... Read more

The COVID vaccine is a big problem

The COVID vaccine is a big problem

The COVID vaccine is a big problem Many people are beginning to believe they have been played by their own government into thinking the COVID vaccine was effective. It isn’t and sometimes it’s harmful. Mainstream media is not telling you the whole story. Patrick Meagher Farmers Forum The COVID pande... Read more

End free rural water well testing, Ontario auditor says

End free rural water well testing, Ontario auditor says

End free rural water well testing, Ontario auditor says Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — City residents will continue to get their drinking water tested for free, but rural residents will have to pay for the privilege if the province pulls the plug on free well-water testing as recently proposed. The we... Read more

Crop insurance payouts down significantly

Crop insurance payouts down significantly

Crop insurance payouts down significantly Soybeans, corn and apples were highest claims Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum GUELPH — Yields and quality were overall above average for corn, soybeans and wheat in Ontario last year and crop insurance payouts were down significantly. Agricorp insurance clai... Read more

Ag Gag law rebuked

Ag Gag law rebuked

You can lie to trespass on a farm — but wait for the hearing, judge says Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum TORONTO — Lying is protected speech, so it’s fair game for animal rights activists to misrepresent themselves to gain access to farm facilities for purposes of snooping around and shooting video... Read more

Modern tap system boosts maple syrup profit margin

Modern tap system boosts maple syrup profit margin

Modern tap system boosts maple syrup profit margin Charles Summers Farmers Forum It goes without saying that everything in farming depends on the weather, but few things are as touchy as enticing maple trees to run sap. Some years it’s stop and go. Some years you can’t stay on top of it all, and som... Read more

OPINION: Maybe the government hates you

OPINION: Maybe the government hates you

Maybe the government hates you Left-wing American TV host, pundit and comedian Bill Maher calls it as he sees it. I usually disagree with him but, when it came to assessing Canada, he nailed it. “The only problem thinking that everything is better in Canada is that it’s not,” he told his TV audience... Read more

Hey, Waterloo and Wilmot councillors, Stay off our land!

Hey, Waterloo and Wilmot councillors, Stay off our land!

  Patrick Meagher Farmers Forum analysis KITCHENER — Councillors from Wilmot Township and the Region of Waterloo have a lot of explaining to do. They gave 12 farmers and property owners in the township 10 days to agree to sell and accept $35,000 per acre or face expropriation of 770-acres of la... Read more

Suspected but never convicted, infamous Jimmy Wise dead at 80

Suspected but never convicted, infamous Jimmy Wise dead at 80

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Jimmy Wise — the former Chesterville mechanic and murder suspect in the infamously known Eastern Ontario serial killings — died April 19 at Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital. He was 80 years old. Wise’s life story began as a troubled teen in a small town where he be... Read more

TICKED OFF: Canadians are not happy and neither are farmers

TICKED OFF: Canadians are not happy and neither are farmers

  TICKED OFF: 62 % of country are pessimistic or angry about the federal government. Here’s what ticks off farmers Patrick Meagher and Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — With no carbon-tax relief in sight, Ontario farmers emerged from a winter of discontent to another April Fool’s Day car... Read more

Axe carbon tax, says ag minister, 25 Ontario farm groups

Axe carbon tax, says ag minister, 25 Ontario farm groups

Axe carbon tax, says ag minister, 25 Ontario farm groups Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — A who’s who of Ontario farm organizations recently backed Ontario ag minister Lisa Thompson’s recent call for Ottawa to “pause” the latest 23 % carbon-tax increase as a “first step” toward eliminating the unpopular... Read more

Consumers want dairy calves with their mothers

Consumers want dairy calves with their mothers

But that plan is at least 10 years away Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum ST. ISIDORE — The change may be years away, but get ready for the day when dairy calves are raised alongside their milking mothers — suckling at their udders for weeks or even months after birth and traipsing around the barn or... Read more

RARE MILESTONE: Smiths earn 4th Master Breeder shield

RARE MILESTONE: Smiths earn 4th Master Breeder shield

A rare milestone achieved Smiths earn 4th Master Breeder shield, including two without milking a single cow Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum CHESTERVILLE — The Smith family hasn’t milked cows in nearly 23 years, but these former dairy farmers and their storied Sunnylodge prefix continue to make an im... Read more

OPINION: Gov’t kills beef industry by favouring dairy

OPINION: Gov’t kills beef industry by favouring dairy

Gov’t kills beef industry by favouring dairy The last sentence says it all for the beef sector: “Ontario beef farm hasn’t earned a profit after capital depreciation since 2016.” (Farmers Forum website) With the number of beef operations in Canada near steady decline since 1981, the average age of a... Read more

Embrun Freedom Convoy camp served 600 coffees a day

Embrun Freedom Convoy camp served 600 coffees a day

Embrun Freedom Convoy camp served 600 coffees a day Farmers Forum staff EMBRUN — Two years ago, Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa brimmed with a carnival atmosphere as the Freedom Convoy gathered together a multitude of Canadians in common cause to defend freedom and bodily autonomy during an extr... Read more

“Animal-free” milk approved for sale in Canada

“Animal-free” milk approved for sale in Canada

“Animal-free” milk approved for sale in Canada OTTAWA — A milk protein excreted by genetically modified yeast has won federal approval for sale in Canada. Israel-based Remilk touts its product as an “animal-free” but identical version of the whey protein found in cow’s milk. Remilk’s production proc... Read more

OPINION: POWER PLAY

OPINION: POWER PLAY

Conservative MP calls out World Health Organization for trying to seize power Ontario MP Leslyn Lewis (CON-Haldimand-Norfolk) wants Canada to pull out of the United Nations and its subsidiary organizations. That would include the World Health Organization. Lewis started a petition and collected more... Read more

Ontario farmers irked by U.S. crop farming advantages

Ontario farmers irked by U.S. crop farming advantages

Ontario farmers irked by U.S. crop farming advantages Higher U.S. support payments and no carbon tax Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Once upon a time, low crop prices sparked Ontario farmers to roll tractors on Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park. That was 20 years ago, and a big part of the farmers’ ange... Read more

The Coutts 4

The Coutts 4

The Coutts 4 Terrorists or political prisoners?  Here’s the background.  You make the call James Pascual Farmers Forum Not many know of the Coutts Four. But they should. They are four Alberta men who were locked in prison for two years, including in solitary confinement, without a trial. We were tol... Read more

Every single milk tank to be tested

Every single milk tank to be tested

Every single milk tank to be tested Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum ST. ISIDORE — Every single tank of milk picked up at Ontario dairy farms will be tested for bacteria levels starting March 1. That’s up from the previous four-tests-per-month policy. However, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario won’t be us... Read more

Don’t tell dairy farmers that the customer is always right

Don’t tell dairy farmers that the customer is always right

Don’t tell dairy farmers that the customer is always right Patrick Meagher Farmers Forum Ontario dairy farmers were lectured recently by a University of B.C. animal welfare research professor who told them that sometime in the future farmers will not separate calves from their mothers. It was a matt... Read more

Alexis Pageau wins 20th annual photo contest

Alexis Pageau wins 20th annual photo contest

Happiness is Farming: Alexis Pageau wins 20th annual photo contest Alexis Pageau’s photo of Embrun dairy farmer Eric Patenaude is the winner of Farmers Forum’s 20th annual photo contest. Pageau’s photo was chosen by the judges who said it was not only a well-composed slice-of-life but most exemplifi... Read more

37,000 vehicles stolen in Ontario in 2022

37,000 vehicles stolen in Ontario in 2022

37,000 vehicles stolen in Ontario in 2022 Thieves target pick-up trucks and SUVs Farmers Forum Staff OTTAWA — Even rusty old farm trucks aren’t safe anymore. A 20-year-old pickup truck was recently stolen from a Southwestern Ontario farm — another sorry statistic in Canada’s ongoing vehicle theft cr... Read more

STEVE KELL: Black Sea War creates price swings both ways

STEVE KELL: Black Sea War creates price swings both ways

Black Sea War blocks and increases trade creating price swings both ways One of the most compelling and dynamic factors influencing world grain markets over the past two years has been the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on global commodity prices. In the early days of the war, there was... Read more

Soup for the soul

Soup for the soul

Soup for the soul 10,000 volunteers produce 9-million servings of soup mix destined for 30 countries John Scwartzentruber Farmers Forum MOOREFIELD — Who of us knows hunger? No, not the hunger of stomach walls clapping a grumpy protest at merely being denied a timely meal. But instead, the hunger tha... Read more

Supersize your soybean yield

Supersize your soybean yield

Supersize your soybean yield Specialists note yield challenges but U.S. farmer hits 206 bu/ac Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum KEMPTVILLE — A one-acre soybean plot at the Winchester Agricultural Research Station yielded more than 100 bu/ac in 2023, an eye-popping figure for field-grown soybeans raise... Read more

WEST: Farmers worry  about high costs, gov’t missteps

WEST: Farmers worry about high costs, gov’t missteps

WEST: Farmers worry about high costs, gov’t missteps There’s a lot of uncertainty in the province and across the country and people are feeling the pressure on a number of fronts: in their businesses, in the economy, in their communities and even in their families. So, Farmers Forum asked farmers wh... Read more

Love that lightning in a bottle

Love that lightning in a bottle

  Love that lightning in a bottle The world has discovered Canada’s maple syrup, offering local producers a growing opportunity You may recall the James Bond parody, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In the story, the villain Doctor Evil is launched into space, cryogenically freezing... Read more

Wild boar producers shift gears as ban bites

Wild boar producers shift gears as ban bites

Wild boar producers shift gears as ban bites Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum VANKLEEK HILL — Two of Ontario’s better known wild boar producers have switched to other heritage breeds as the provincial ban on Eurasian Wild Boar took effect at the end of 2023. Existing breeders had until Dec. 31 to be... Read more

OPINION: Remembering Elmer Buchanan as one of the best

OPINION: Remembering Elmer Buchanan as one of the best

Remembering Elmer Buchanan as one of the best The other day Quora Digest, which comes in my inbox daily with news items, asked the question: Has a celebrity ever randomly sat down next to you? Well, yes! It happened last November at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. I was ther... Read more

OPINION: Going robotic, on the farm and in the farmhouse

OPINION: Going robotic, on the farm and in the farmhouse

Going robotic, on the farm and in the farmhouse It seems that everyone is doing it and/or talking about it. Ads for various makers’ latest products are everywhere and, at any gathering there will always be a group discussing the pros and cons of their chosen make vs the others. I’m talking robotics... Read more

Expect fewer corn acres planted

Expect fewer corn acres planted

Expect fewer corn acres planted If governments force electric vehicles on public, what happens to ethanol production? Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum KEMPTVILLE — When and if electric vehicles seriously displace conventional cars and trucks, North American corn growers — like oil companies — will ha... Read more

“It’s been a long haul”

“It’s been a long haul”

“It’s been a long haul” Dairy barn reconstruction nears completion 39 months after fire   Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum FRANKFORD — As 2024 approached, milk production was getting closer to restarting at an Eastern Ontario family dairy farm whose barn was destroyed in a devastating fire 39 mo... Read more

Meat packer fined $75,000 after steer runs down worker

Meat packer fined $75,000 after steer runs down worker

Meat packer fined $75,000 after steer runs down worker Farmers Forum staff GUELPH— Thanks to a broken latch on a livestock gate, a Western-Ontario abattoir was fined $75,000 after an employee was critically injured by a charging steer. Peel Meat Packers Ltd. pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to violating the O... Read more

FEBRUARY’S HEROS

FEBRUARY’S HEROS

February’s heroes Remembering the Freedom Convoy when thousands of Canadians joined in protest   A mighty river is not so at its start. Instead, it grows from a thousand tributaries which merge to form one powerful current. However insignificant they may first appear, when enough streams flow t... Read more

DeLaval training centre opened in Peterborough

DeLaval training centre opened in Peterborough

DeLaval training centre opened in Peterborough Farmers Forum staff PETERBOROUGH — DeLaval has opened a national training centre in Peterborough, the only one of its kind in Canada. The recently renovated 3,600 square foot facility will host training sessions for DeLaval dealer technicians and staff... Read more

Lime substitute free for farmers

Lime substitute free for farmers

SEELEY’S BAY — Farmers can get a free lime substitute that is mined right here in Eastern Ontario, and global tech companies are happy to foot the bill because of the product’s carbon-capture properties when spread on farmland ... Read more

FARMER REVOLT: Angry Europeans protest climate policies

FARMER REVOLT: Angry Europeans protest climate policies

  Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Tractorcades have rolled across Europe this winter as tens of thousands of angry farmers protest the European Union’s green- and climate-driven policies that have roiled producers from the Mediterranean to the Baltic. Beyond tying up highways and city... Read more

Feds dole out $89 million to supply-managed processors

Feds dole out $89 million to supply-managed processors

Farmers Forum staff INGLESIDE — Food processors in the supply-managed dairy, egg and poultry sectors will share up to $89 million in federal tax dollars for facility and equipment upgrades. The money has been earmarked for 49 individual projects across Canada — with 22 Ontario sites getting a combin... Read more

OPINION: Big lies and monumental failures

OPINION: Big lies and monumental failures

EDITORIAL: Big lies and monumental incompetence Another big lie has been exposed. I know, there has been so much misinformation from big lies to just monumental incompetence. We saw it with COVID. We learned that our governments lied or misled about the origin of COVID, how to treat COVID, the effic... Read more

Hamel replaces outgoing Sherk as DFO chair

Hamel replaces outgoing Sherk as DFO chair

Farmers Forum staff TORONTO — Elmwood-area milk producer Mark Hamel has been elected chair of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) board.  He replaces the outgoing Murray Sherk, who completed his final term as chair and retired as member for Oxford and Waterloo (Region 8). Hamel, representing Bruce an... Read more

Man, 27, killed in Wellington County farm accident

Man, 27, killed in Wellington County farm accident

Farmers Forum staff ERIN — A 27-year-old beef farmer, James Bailey, lost his life Dec. 11 when a large hay bale fell on him as he operated a front-end loader at a rural property northeast of Guelph. “He was taking the bale off a pile with the loader,” Centre Wellington Township deputy fire chief Jon... Read more

Milking water buffalo

Milking water buffalo

STIRLING — Lori Smith and Martin Littkemann were both conventional dairy farmers, married to other people, before they formed their own union and forged a new path together as trailblazing water buffalo farmers. Read more

WESTERN ONTARIO: Good corn yields, but no bin buster

WESTERN ONTARIO: Good corn yields, but no bin buster

WELLINGTON — Southwestern Ontario farmers are seeing solid corn yields, though not a record bin buster. The crop also coincides with the biggest corn harvest ever recorded in the United States — which is tempering prices — and an upward blip in vomitoxin levels in some areas. Read more

HAVE YOUR SAY: Concerned about global warming?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Concerned about global warming?

There is so much hype and exaggeration about global warming that it can be hard to sift through the fog of distractions and confirmation bias to know what is actually going on. So, what do farmers think? Are they concerned about global warming? We asked them. Some are concerned, some aren’t.  Read more

CONTEST OFFERS MILLIONS: If you can cut methane emissions

CONTEST OFFERS MILLIONS: If you can cut methane emissions

Farmers Forum staff MAXVILLE — The Liberal government has launched a multi-million-dollar contest to entice farmers into cutting the natural methane emissions from cattle, whose bodies are already fuelled entirely by a renewable form of energy known as plant matter. Eastern Ontario MP Francis Drouin... Read more

FINANCIALLY RESILIENT: Few farmers go bankrupt

FINANCIALLY RESILIENT: Few farmers go bankrupt

Only 23 farms in farm debt mediation filed for bankruptcy in 2020 OTTAWA – Despite turbulent times, very few Canadian farms run into insolvency issues. Of 191,000 farmers across the country only about 170 a year use the Farm Debt Mediation Service, a free counselling service for farmers having diffi... Read more

Thieves steal trailer loaded with farm equipment at 3 a.m.

Thieves steal trailer loaded with farm equipment at 3 a.m.

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum GREY COUNTY — In the dark of night, thieves got away with a large flat-bed trailer loaded with used farm equipment from Brindley Farm Equipment in Markdale. The stolen equipment alone was worth over $150,000, while the nearly new trailer — owned by an American truckin... Read more

EASTERN ONTARIO: Farmland prices range from $5,700-$18,900

EASTERN ONTARIO: Farmland prices range from $5,700-$18,900

EASTERN ONTARIO: Farmland prices range from $5,700-$18,900 Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Ontario farmland prices continued to track upward during the first half of 2023 but at a substantially slower pace than 2022, according to Farm Credit Canada data analyst Corbin Chau. Higher interest rates may ha... Read more

AT THE ROYAL: Top beef bull sells for $15,000

AT THE ROYAL: Top beef bull sells for $15,000

Royal’s top beef bull sells for $15,000 Farmers Forum staff TORONTO — Among all the beef bulls judged at the 2023 Royal Winter Fair, the best of them all was entered by Baker Farms of Madoc. ‘Baker Farms Justified’ is the name of the two-year-old Charolais bull. He was named grand champion of his br... Read more

VICTORY FOR LANDOWNERS: Crop farmer wins court battle

VICTORY FOR LANDOWNERS: Crop farmer wins court battle

Crop farmer wins big Conservation Authority calls 10 acres of dry land “wetland” and loses in court Patrick Meagher Farmers Forum BELLEVILLE — A Campbellford crop farmer and grain elevator operator has won a victory for landowners in a battle to keep the tentacles of the local conservation authority... Read more

THE MARKETS: What do we make of a strengthening loonie?

THE MARKETS: What do we make of a strengthening loonie?

Weak loonie boosted crop prices, inflation… But what do we make of a strengthening loonie? If you ever have a city person ask you what you do on your farm, tell them that you’re a currency trader. First of all, that reply generally creates some interesting responses, and more importantly: it’s... Read more

EASTERN ONTARIO: Solid corn yields, but not a bin buster

EASTERN ONTARIO: Solid corn yields, but not a bin buster

  SOLID CORN YIELDS: But not a bin buster Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Eastern Ontario farmers are seeing solid corn yields this fall, though not a record bin buster, alongside the biggest corn harvest ever recorded in the United States, which is tempering prices. North of Wincheste... Read more

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: OFA reports $1.83 million profit

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: OFA reports $1.83 million profit

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: OFA reports $1.83 M profit James Pascual Farmers Forum TORONTO — If you look only at the bottom line, Ontario’s largest farm organization is top shelf. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture enjoyed its 8th stellar year in a row. It reported a profit of $1.83 million for its 2022... Read more

APPLE HEAVEN: From 25 to 500,000 apple trees

APPLE HEAVEN: From 25 to 500,000 apple trees

From 25 apple trees to more than 500,000 Partnerships helped them grow to 700 acres with more than 400 seasonal workers John Schwartzentruber Farmers Forum There was only one Johnny Appleseed, the much-loved historical figure from American pioneer days. Johnny’s famed passion was planting apple tree... Read more

Americans want more kids, survey says

Americans want more kids, survey says

Americans want more kids, survey says Americans are seeing a resurgence in the preference for larger families of three or more children that hasn’t been seen since 1971, according to a Gallup survey. This marks a significant shift from the long-standing belief that one or two children were ideal fam... Read more

OPINION: Sick? My boys try to work through it

OPINION: Sick? My boys try to work through it

Sick? My boys try to work through it They said it would be returning and after a few months of shopping maskless, I am back to donning the damn thing again. I am often the only one in the store wearing it but recently I have noticed more doing so. It started slowly, first hearing […] Read more

Technology is moving too quickly for many farmers

Technology is moving too quickly for many farmers

HAVE YOUR SAY: Is technology moving too quickly for you? Farmers Forum staff   Technology is moving at such a rapid pace, it can be overwhelming. We’ve already got robotic weeders, seeders and drones, GPS and auto-steer. The latest big advancement is A.I. (artificial intelligence) that can give... Read more

UNSUNG HERO:  Farmwife and mom

UNSUNG HERO: Farmwife and mom

UNSUNG HERO: Farmwife and mom Women didn’t just show up recently to farm – they’ve been here all along If you glance at advertising in any farm publication these days, one might conclude that the primary market for tractors, seed, and chemicals were women. Obviously, this is not the case, but more a... Read more

Gun buyback program delayed

Gun buyback program delayed

Gun buyback program delayed Critics see buyback as disarming responsible Canadians, not criminals James Pascual Farmers Forum OTTAWA – Firearm owners are becoming increasingly frustrated by a proposed national gun buyback program that is part of a huge gun ban. But the program has faced such stiff o... Read more

Farmers applaud Bill C-359

Farmers applaud Bill C-359

Farmers applaud Bill C-359 New inputs would be approved and into farmers’ hands faster Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Canadian farmers would benefit if they could get their hands on new and improved inputs when they are ready for market. A new federal private member’s bill is designed to make that hap... Read more

IT’S THE UDDER

IT’S THE UDDER

It’s the udder Glengarry Holstein wins East-West show, boosts farm’s marketing for cow sales Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum METCALFE — A Glengarry County cow — appropriately named Bonnie — was named grand champion at the 2023 Eastern Ontario-Western Quebec Holstein Show. “She’s got a really balance... Read more

Dutch farmers fight back

Dutch farmers fight back

Dutch farmers fight back Gov’t plans to buy, shutter 3,000 farms Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Dutch farmers continue to push back hard against their national government and ongoing plans to put many of them out of business. Those farmers have picked up a lot of clout in their battle against nitrogen... Read more

Corn-on-corn-on-corn…

Corn-on-corn-on-corn…

Corn-on-corn-on-corn… Why farmers skip crop rotation and just grow corn every year, same fields Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum MORRISBURG — Though it defies conventional crop-rotation wisdom, growing corn in the same field year after year has always had its place. West Quebec’s Peter Finlayson rece... Read more

Liberals could torpedo carbon  tax exemption

Liberals could torpedo carbon tax exemption

Liberals could torpedo carbon tax exemption Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — With the harvest season in full swing, a proposed carbon-tax exemption for farm-based grain-drying and barn-heating appeared to be in serious trouble and farmers are ticked off. In late October, bill C-234 was heade... Read more

Velthuis Farms win junior champion again at World Dairy Expo

Velthuis Farms win junior champion again at World Dairy Expo

Velthuis Farms win junior champion again at World Dairy Expo Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OSGOODE — For the second year running, a Kingsway-prefix heifer has notched a junior championship win at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, and Velthuis Farms of Osgoode is again part of the victory... Read more

Indian River beef sale sees Simmental bull sell for $50,000

Indian River beef sale sees Simmental bull sell for $50,000

Indian River beef sale sees Simmental bull sell for $50,000 Farmers Forum staff INDIAN RIVER — Indian River Cattle Company hosted its ‘Quality Control VI’ Simmental and Angus sale Oct. 1, selling 62 lots with an average bid of $11,773. The top sale was of a Simmental bull — named Legit — that McMill... Read more

2024 forecast not as sunny for corn, soybeans

2024 forecast not as sunny for corn, soybeans

2024 forecast not as sunny for corn, soybeans Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA —The 2023-24 crop-marketing season won’t be as profitable as the early 2020s, Farm Credit Canada says in its latest outlook. Canadian farmer margins are being squeezed by declining commodity prices in combination with still-hig... Read more

Equipment prices plateau

Equipment prices plateau

Equipment prices plateau But some prices doubled since pre-pandemic Farmers Forum staff WOODSTOCK — Farm equipment manufacturers continue to grapple with the economic fallout of ruinous pandemic policies and inflation but there is now some stability in the supply chain and related costs. Two manufac... Read more

OPINION: CBC unleashed

OPINION: CBC unleashed

Things appear more than a little off with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After all, what would you call men, armed with rockets, grenades and machine guns, who attack villages and kill more than 1,000 innocent people, entire families, including babies? What would you call them if they cut of... Read more

Fake U.S. equipment ads rip off Ontario farmers

Fake U.S. equipment ads rip off Ontario farmers

Fake U.S. equipment ads rip off Ontario farmers OPP reports buyers have lost thousands of dollars to scammers Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Beware of fraudulent farm equipment and heavy machinery listings posted for sale online. The OPP has received recent reports of buyers losing hundreds of thousan... Read more

New bill targets trespassing activists with huge fines

New bill targets trespassing activists with huge fines

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — A new federal private member’s bill hopes to put the boots to trespassing activists with fines of up to $50,000 or more, a huge jump from the paltry $250 fines levied now. Groups organizing an illegal occupation would face up to $500,000 in fines. If the bill... Read more

GOOD NEWS: Fertilizer prices  down 40 per cent

GOOD NEWS: Fertilizer prices down 40 per cent

GOOD NEWS: Fertilizer prices down 40 per cent Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — A resilient global market has reacted to drive down the cost of fertilizer from record highs reached when Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Fertilizer prices have since fallen (as of September 2023) by over 40 %. Nothi... Read more

Concrete silos lose  strength, fall over

Concrete silos lose strength, fall over

Concrete silos lose strength, fall over At least two concrete silos have toppled onto dairy barns in one year Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum SOUTH DUNDAS — At least two Ontario dairy farms picked up the pieces after concrete tower silos fell over and destroyed their barns for reasons unrelated to w... Read more

OPINION: Farming is a mystery to some

OPINION: Farming is a mystery to some

Farming is a mystery to some They don’t know the difference between plowing and discing and all cattle are cows Every spring I hear observing people remark that farmers are on the field “plowing their fields.” You’ll also hear newscasters say things such as “You can tell it’s spring, I saw a few far... Read more

WESTERN ONTARIO: Another yield boom?

WESTERN ONTARIO: Another yield boom?

    WESTERN ONTARIO: Another yield boom? Expect strong corn and soybean yields, forecasters say   Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum ONTARIO — Great Lakes Grain is projecting strong Ontario corn and soybean yields this fall — but not a provincial record. The company’s 14th annual crop as... Read more

WESTERN ONTARIO: Defeated clear-cutting bylaw targeted farms

WESTERN ONTARIO: Defeated clear-cutting bylaw targeted farms

Was motivated by money, says Chatham group Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum CHATHAM — Chatham-Kent farmers banded together and successfully persuaded their municipal council to finally repeal the region’s “temporary” clear-cutting bylaw that only affected local farmers. The Sept. 25 meeting included... Read more

Blyth Steam show a blast from the past

Blyth Steam show a blast from the past

Blyth Steam show a blast from the past Erupting relics, 600 trailers and fiddling into the night   John Schwartzentruber Time took on a different meaning to the folks who roamed the sprawling grounds of the 62nd Annual Blyth Steam Show and Threshers Reunion held in Blyth last month. Oh, they su... Read more

HWY 400 CRASH: Tons of celery stalk highway

HWY 400 CRASH: Tons of celery stalk highway

Tons of celery stalk highway Highway 400, north of Toronto and near Aurora, was closed for several hours Oct. 3 after a transport truck overturned and dumped tons of celery sticks over the road. The incident occurred around 10 a.m., south of Highway 9, turning Hwy 400 into a slick, juicy mess. The c... Read more

OPINION: COVID again?!?

OPINION: COVID again?!?

At an Ottawa news conference, our chief public health officer Theresa Tam recently told Canadians it’s time to wear masks again. Yet, she knows that any old mask can be worth less than nothing. Some people wearing masks suffer side effects and even an N95 mask only slows down a travelling microscopi... Read more

Bill C-234 would save farmers $1 billion, Ottawa study shows

Bill C-234 would save farmers $1 billion, Ottawa study shows

Bill C-234 would save farmers $1 billion, Ottawa study shows Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is demanding immediate passage of legislation in the Senate to expand carbon tax exemptions for agriculture after a Parliamentary Budget Officer analysis shows it would save fa... Read more

Sollio opens St. Thomas fertilizer coating plant

Sollio opens St. Thomas fertilizer coating plant

ST. THOMAS, September 18, 2023 – Today, Sollio Agriculture, the Agri-business Division of Sollio Cooperative Group, inaugurated CRF Agritech, a new controlled-release fertilizer production plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. The project was launched in 2021, after Sollio Agriculture entered a joint ventur... Read more

Mixed farming in a post-modern world

Mixed farming in a post-modern world

Mixed farming in a post-modern world Kingston-area farm has beef, broilers, crops, dairy, hogs, horse stable and on-farm store Charles Summers Farmers Forum KINGSTON — Charlie Cumpson is a lean mean farming machine. And I mean that very literally. There’s no cushioning on the 35-year-old, whose phys... Read more

Legal process was the punishment

Legal process was the punishment

Legal process was the punishment Beef farmer wins but the stress was exhausting, the herd is gone and he has legal bills to pay Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum WARSAW — Ontario’s animal police have dropped their whopping $375,000 claim against Peterborough-area beef farmer Walter Ray for cattle-boar... Read more

Dairy expands to bulls and beef

Dairy expands to bulls and beef

  Dairy expands to bulls and beef He breeds and raises beef and beef-dairy crosses Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum KARS — The bull calves born at Cranberry Creek Dairy Farms avoid the typical dairy-farm fate: They don’t go to the sale barn at the earliest opportunity. Instead, they are raised a... Read more

Robotic weeder saves farmer time and money

Robotic weeder saves farmer time and money

Robotic weeder saves farmer time and money Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum NEW LISKEARD — A weed-controlling robot has saved garlic farmer Doug Inglis a bundle in labour costs this season. He says his cost of leasing the Naio Oz robot is $3,000 less than the combined wages of three workers he employ... Read more

The infamous plow that went the wrong way

The infamous plow that went the wrong way

The infamous plow that went the wrong way A few weeks ago there was an artist’s painting on Facebook of a farmer walking beside a one-furrow walking plow pulled by two horses and boy of maybe six years old holding the handle bars of the plow, and doing the plowing. There was a list of [... Read more

Phew! August is over

Phew! August is over

Phew! August is over August has never been my favourite month. Besides the usual signal of the end of summer, it has always been the month that I seem to be rushing from one job to another and never getting ahead of any of them. Everything piles up no matter how hard I work. When […] Read more

WEATHER FORECAST: Warm and dry

WEATHER FORECAST: Warm and dry

Farmers Forum staff SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO — Despite a cooler and wetter summer than average, the weather outlook for Southwestern Ontario happily suggests warm, dry conditions for the coming fall harvest, according to Environment Canada senior climatologist David Philips. Summer weather often sets th... Read more

Sheep check-off fees up 22 %

Sheep check-off fees up 22 %

Farmers Forum staff GUELPH — Sheep producers will pay 22 % more in licensing check-off fees after the Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) board imposed its first fee hike in 13 years. The new rate, announced at the beginning of August, has been set at $2.20 per live animal sold, an increase of 40 cents. The... Read more

Forecast: Ontario corn, soybean yield record

Forecast: Ontario corn, soybean yield record

Farmers Forum staff ONTARIO — The prognosticators with the Great Ontario Yield Tour are projecting record corn and soybean yields in Ontario this year. Based on data collected during the 8th annual tour, Ontario growers will have an average yield of 203 bu/ac for corn and 53.5 bu/ac for soybeans. Ox... Read more

New fertilizer plant to open near Brockville in fall 2024

New fertilizer plant to open near Brockville in fall 2024

Farmers Forum staff MAITLAND — A $25-million fertilizer plant has broken ground at Maitland as Eastern Ontario-based V6 Ag moves production of its multi-compound granular fertilizers out of Europe. For the last seven years, the small company headquartered in North Augusta, northeast of Brockville, h... Read more

Take Raisin River,  South Nation bus tour

Take Raisin River, South Nation bus tour

Take Raisin River, South Nation bus tour Learn about grants for water projects, erosion control, tree planting Farmers Forum staff CORNWALL — A bus tour is set to roll through the Raisin River and South Nation River watersheds on Sept. 12, and farmers are invited aboard the free ride to learn about... Read more

Electric truck not worth the hassle, says stranded user

Electric truck not worth the hassle, says stranded user

Electric truck not worth the hassle, says stranded user Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Detroit’s first battery-powered pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Lighting, made a media splash this summer, for all the wrong reasons. The worst fears of consumers, who are skeptical about the practicality, range and hi... Read more

OPINION: Guitar man calls out the entitled

OPINION: Guitar man calls out the entitled

Oliver Anthony was a nobody four weeks ago. He’s the smash hit writer of a song posted on YouTube on Aug. 8 that in two weeks racked up 35 million views. Raw lyrics, powerful, clean voice, accompanied only by his guitar and surrounded by trees and his three napping dogs, Anthony belts out the plaint... Read more

SWEET CORN: Great crop, great price, great taste

SWEET CORN: Great crop, great price, great taste

  SWEET CORN: Great crop, great price, great taste Farmers Forum PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY — The cornfields are towering lush and tall around the region, so it’s no surprise that sweet corn producers have also been seeing — and reaping — a great crop this season. “Come September, people think sweetc... Read more

OPINION: When milk board was created, farmers protested

OPINION: When milk board was created, farmers protested

I remember when the Ontario Milk Marketing Board (OMMB) was created in August of 1965. It wasn’t a happy occasion for most milk shippers in Ontario. The OMMB encountered resistance among dairy producers who had strong relationships with local dairies or who were part of successful dairy co-operative... Read more

$106,000 electric pickup turns heads

$106,000 electric pickup turns heads

$106,000 electric pickup turns heads The trunk is where an engine would be Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum RENFREW — Crop farmer Bob Stuart quips that he only had to wait 83 years to buy his first electric pickup truck. Stuart, 83, purchased his Ford F-150 Lightning in January. The $106,000 price ta... Read more

OPINION: Sometimes all you need is a few good men

OPINION: Sometimes all you need is a few good men

If there is a lesson to be drawn from the farmers’ protests in the Netherlands, it’s that a small segment of a population, if desperate and angry enough at the unjust and intentional destruction of their livelihood, can win public sympathy and shake an overreaching government to its core. By no mean... Read more

NEAR MISSES: Farmers want CP to clear crossings

NEAR MISSES: Farmers want CP to clear crossings

NEAR MISSES To avoid collisions, farmers want train company to clear railway crossings Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum FINCH — A Stormont County beef and hay farmer says he was left shaken after a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train came perilously close to hitting his tractor on a railway crossi... Read more

Funding to return land to natural state

Funding to return land to natural state

OTTAWA — Dairy Farmers of Canada has introduced a new program for a farmer to get funding if he takes land out of production. Dairy farmers will get a helping hand with the construction of habitat that will return land to wetlands, grasslands and treed areas. Called the New Acre Project, it is a one... Read more

Soybean handlers relieved as Vancouver port strike ends

Soybean handlers relieved as Vancouver port strike ends

Soybean handlers relieved as Vancouver port strike ends Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum BLENHEIM — The two-week port strike in Vancouver interrupted the shipping of food-grade Ontario soybeans set for export around the world in shipping containers. The strike ended with the International Labour... Read more

KCAT alumni awards two $1,000 scholarships

KCAT alumni awards two $1,000 scholarships

      KCAT alumni awards two $1,000 scholarships Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — The sons of two Eastern Ontario farm families picked up $1,000 scholarships from the Kemptville College Alumni Association earlier this year. Dylan Wallace of Kemptville and Arden McWilliams of Navan were se... Read more

SLOW DOWN when heading into town

SLOW DOWN when heading into town

You could be charged with stunt driving Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA — Pay very close attention to your speedometer when entering the outskirts of any rural Ontario village from a swift drive in the country. The road may be straight and smooth as glass, but the potential punishment can be immediate an... Read more

‘Nation River Lady’ identified after 50 years, man charged

‘Nation River Lady’ identified after 50 years, man charged

‘Nation River Lady’ identified after 50 years, man charged CASSELMAN — A local farmer discovered the wrapped and bound remains of a woman floating face down in the South Nation River, just outside Casselman, on May 3, 1975. The so-called ‘Nation River Lady,’ as she became known, went unidentified fo... Read more

Fertilizer targets impossible without cutting usage

Fertilizer targets impossible without cutting usage

Ottawa plan to cut fertilizer emissions must include reduction in use, study says James Pascual Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Canada can’t cut fertilizer emissions 30 % by 2030 without cutting actual fertilizer usage, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s contrary insistence, according to a recent report... Read more

Young and old pull together at 30th vintage tractor jam

Young and old pull together at 30th vintage tractor jam

Metcalfe resident Victoria Dooley, 12, peers up at her father, Darrell, as she drives a 1950s Cockshutt 30 in a tractor pull at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, southeast of Ottawa. It was Victoria’s first time competing in a tractor class. The 30th anniversary Vintage Tractor Jam drew visitors from... Read more

Two wind turbines catch fire in Western Ontario

Two wind turbines catch fire in Western Ontario

Farmers Forum staff CHATHAM — There were two wind turbine fires in Western Ontario last month. A wind turbine burst into flames just northeast of Goderich on June 3. Despite speculation of a lightning strike, “there was no lightning that day,” said Goderich fire chief Jeff Wormington. In discussion... Read more

Ridgetown graduates 112 ag students

Ridgetown graduates 112 ag students

RIDGETOWN — The Class of 2023 graduated last month from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus, including 112 graduates with an associate diploma in agriculture, the largest single discipline on campus. That’s up from the 51 agricultural diploma graduates of 2022 but down from the 126 graduates... Read more

Dogs are not livestock killers, townships say

Dogs are not livestock killers, townships say

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum SPENCERVILLE — How deadly are domestic dogs to farm livestock when compared with wild predators like coyotes, wolves, foxes and weasels? Not very deadly at all, based on the informal recollection of municipal officials familiar with livestock losses inflicted by dogs.... Read more

EASTERN ONTARIO: Crop Report, June 21

EASTERN ONTARIO: Crop Report, June 21

CORN • 7- to 9-leaf stage on June 20. • 691 Corn Heat Units (CHU) measured in Kemptville from May 1 to June 20, down from the 53-year average of 831 CHU. • Corn stands overall in good to excellent ratings. • July tassel time will be fungicide time. Look at reduced tillage, corn-on-corn and […... Read more

OPINION: Food Day best celebrated without those in charge

OPINION: Food Day best celebrated without those in charge

The first Food Day Canada will be celebrated on August 5. But is it a day of celebration? Some nationally recognized days are for celebrating. Others are for honouring or mourning. Christmas is celebrated. Easter is first mourned (the brutal execution of Christ) on Good Friday, then celebrated (His... Read more

Predators killed 2,346 livestock last year

Predators killed 2,346 livestock last year

GUELPH — Predators killed 2,347 livestock in one year, from April 2021 to March 2022, and farmers collected over $893,000 from the province in compensation. That’s up from the 1,938 livestock killed by predators one year earlier, but short of the nearly 2,500 farm animals lost to predation in 2020.  Read more

OVSG supports youth with scholarships

OVSG supports youth with scholarships

Young people are the future of the agriculture industry. Recognizing this, the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association (OVSGA) provides scholarships to youth of the Ottawa Valley planning to pursue a career in agriculture and entering at least their second year of post-secondary studies. Up to four 2... Read more

OPINION: Is Food Day a time for celebration?

OPINION: Is Food Day a time for celebration?

The first Food Day Canada will be celebrated on August 5. But is it a day of celebration? Some nationally recognized days are for celebrating. Others are for honouring or mourning. Christmas is celebrated. Easter is first mourned (the brutal execution of Christ) on Good Friday, then celebrated (His... Read more

Carbon tax exemption bill gets push-back

Carbon tax exemption bill gets push-back

OTTAWA — The Senate recently debated a farmer-promoted bill to exempt grain-drying and barn-heating from the federal carbon tax. But the bill is getting push-back from a British Columbia senator appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Senator Yuen Pau Woo argued against Bill C-234, saying “the v... Read more

OPINION: Food can still be a good deal if you shop smart

OPINION: Food can still be a good deal if you shop smart

I’m fed up with all the negative news and stories about high food prices. Enough! The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) leadership said government workers earning $40,000 to $65,000 a year have to go to a food bank in Ottawa. They can’t afford groceries. It’s ludicrous. A CTV reporter was out... Read more

OPINION: Reason, hysteria and the facts about climate

OPINION: Reason, hysteria and the facts about climate

  A voice of reason was heard from the Hill. It was not God. It was the House of Commons Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. In a 57-page report, the committee concluded that farmers should not be forced to reduce fertilizer use if it reduces yield. Among 22 recommendations, the one that cr... Read more

Antique seed drill gets 7 hours of action once a year

Antique seed drill gets 7 hours of action once a year

Farmers Forum staff BRINSTON — The Westervelt family farm is a modern dairy operation with cow-milking robots near Brinston, south of Winchester. But functional equipment from the past still has a place, such as the vintage Massey Ferguson 33 “nine-foot” seed drill that farm partner Martin Westervel... Read more

Make money by growing for the food bank

Make money by growing for the food bank

BRECHIN — Inspired by “sky-high” prices for off-season squash in his local grocery store, Don MacDonald began growing gourds at his Brechin cash-cropping farm. He’s since discovered the financial benefits of squash production but with a twist: He donates his squash to food banks in return for charit... Read more

Jean Sullivan earns food champion award

Jean Sullivan earns food champion award

Farmers Forum staff ELORA — A longtime local 4-H leader and farm organization volunteer from the Ottawa Valley was recognized for “telling the story” of agriculture and food in her community. Jean Sullivan received the Farm & Food Care Champion Award April 13 at a ceremony in Elora. Farm & F... Read more

Agricorp pays out $113.6 M in Ontario for the big three

Agricorp pays out $113.6 M in Ontario for the big three

Prescott-Russell gets biggest crop insurance claims for corn, soybeans James Pascual Farmers Forum staff GUELPH — Even though the 2022 crop yields were slightly above average for Ontario corn and soybeans – and 15 % above average for wheat – there’s always crop failure and many farmers are grateful... Read more

Canadians prefer real meat, survey says

Canadians prefer real meat, survey says

Sales of plant-based products have dropped significantly in recent months, giving livestock producers the opportunity to rejoice in knowing that Canadians much prefer real meat. Turns out that “Price” was the biggest factor. The drop in plant-based sales prompted researchers at Dalhousie... Read more

OPINION — Farm wives have their own cache of tools too

OPINION — Farm wives have their own cache of tools too

Angela Dorie Farmers Forum If a survey of Canadian farm wives asked if they had their own tools in the house, despite having access to machinery sheds and workshops full of them, I bet the answer would be a resounding, “You bet I do!” from at least 98 % of them. The tools might range […] Read more

Homeless man lands job on farm while asking for change

Homeless man lands job on farm while asking for change

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum NEWCASTLE — Sixty-year-old Brian Bannister, was a local homeless man secretly living inside a rickety, tiny backyard shed in a residential area when a chance street encounter with a hobby farmer changed his world. Danielle MacDuff, who operates a 50-acre animal-rescue... Read more

How loving your cows can lead to a Master Breeder shield

How loving your cows can lead to a Master Breeder shield

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum MOUNTAIN — Members of the Velthuis family at Vriesdale Holsteins in Mountain will officially pick up their first Master Breeder shield in Montreal later this month. And the women in the family have been key to the achievement, co-owner Robert Velthuis says. “Like anyt... Read more

Simcoe County potato farmer killed in equipment accident

Simcoe County potato farmer killed in equipment accident

Farmers Forum staff ALLISTON — A young potato farmer died after being critically injured in an equipment accident at his family’s Alliston farm late last month.  Jonathan Vander Zaag, 24, died in hospital after emergency crews responded to P&K Vander Zaag Farms around 12:30 p.m. on Friday aftern... Read more

Carbon tax farm exemption passes, moves to Senate

Carbon tax farm exemption passes, moves to Senate

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum OTTAWA — Parliament passed a carbon-tax exemption for grain-drying and barn-heating on March 29, sending private member’s Bill C-234 to the Senate for final approval. The third and final vote in the House of Commons passed 176-146 with the Conservatives, NDP and Bloc... Read more

Southwestern Ontario farmland prices spike  51 % in two years

Southwestern Ontario farmland prices spike 51 % in two years

Farmland most pricey in Perth and Oxford Farmers Forum staff PERTH — Southwestern Ontario farmland values surged 51 % between 2020 and 2022 and hit a median value of $23,000 per acre, according to figures compiled by analyst Ryan Parker of Valco Consultants in London. That whopping percentage is bas... Read more

FOOD FRAUD: Found most often in expensive oils and honey

FOOD FRAUD: Found most often in expensive oils and honey

Farmers Forum staff OTTAWA  — Food fraud worldwide is on the rise and was found in Canada most often in expensive cooking oil and honey, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in its annual report Meat products, however, are most often, exactly what the importer, processor and retailer adv... Read more

BACK IN THE DAY: circa. 1960

BACK IN THE DAY: circa. 1960

Milk man In 1960, Bob Dainard travelled door-to-door in Lindsay, Ontario, bringing milk and butter often to each house on a street. At each delivery he would blow a whistle to let homeowners know that fresh milk had just arrived. Dainard then moved to the next house, dropping off filled bottles and... Read more

Farmer builds first methane digester to handle 10 farms

Farmer builds first methane digester to handle 10 farms

BRINSTON — A multi-million-dollar silo digester that can handle manure from about 10 dairy farms is nearing completion on Thurler Farms, southwest of Winchester. It’s the first in a planned fleet of 310 units nationwide to extract methane from most of the manure produced on Canada’s 10,000 dairy far... Read more

MASSIVE MANURE INJECTOR: Kills odour, covers 90 acres a day

MASSIVE MANURE INJECTOR: Kills odour, covers 90 acres a day

Nelson Zandbergen Farmers Forum KEMPTVILLE — In just two cropping seasons, a massive, tractor-drawn manure tanker-injector system has displaced enough fertilizer to recoup the investment made by North Gower Grains. “The amount we’ve reduced our commercial fertilizer use has paid for the machine,” De... Read more