HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
The federal government wants the grain industry to enhance its competitiveness at home and abroad. A recently announced investment strategy is designed to help grain producers strengthen their production practices, increase access to global markets, and improve on-farm food safety.
The Government’s support for the grain industry is being reinforced with three targeted investments: $87,000 in Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI) funding to the Canada Grains Council to update ExcelGrains Canada’s food safety system for grains and oilseeds to include the latest best practices in food safety; $71,000 in AgriMarketing funding to the Canada Grains Council to implement its long-term market access international strategy, which includes industry-to-industry trade meetings to encourage the removal of non-tariff trade barriers in global markets; and $50,000 in AgriMarketing funding to the Grain Growers of Canada to develop and take advantage of new world markets through market development and promotional activities.
The federal government has identified market development and market access as priorities under Growing Forward 2, and this announcement is an example of what is being done to enhance competitiveness and drive innovation and long-term growth in Canadian agriculture. •
Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected with each other and stay up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight two Twitter accounts we think you should consider following.
The Twitter arm of www.realagriculture.com is billed as focusing on what is really happening in agriculture across the country. It provides farmers with links to current news items, educational videos and industry events. Their list of followers is nearing 5,000.
Albert Tenuta is the Provincial Field Crop Pathologist (Field Crop Team) with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). He shares tips on how to identify crop diseases and participates in conversations with his followers about resistance management practices•
The Digital Toolbox
WeedPro75 is an on-line herbicide selection tool designed to focus on profitability and environmental stewardship. Producers enter in their specific information relating to crop selection, field data and weed data. The tool then provides you with herbicide options that best match your chosen weed spectrum. You can then sort through these options based on your priorities. Producers have the option to register on the website in order to save their data for a later date. The website also provides links to a weed library and information on weed management research trials.
WeedPro75 was developed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The website is formatted to display easily on mobile devices. •