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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

Future of grain


Agri-businesses needed to complete career management profile
Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. (OAFE) develops innovative programs and resources to expose students to career opportunities in the agri-food sector. In partnership with Self Management Group (SMG), OAFE is in the process of validating the CareerManagementPro™ tool within the agri-food sector.


Individuals and companies are needed to complete the CareerManagementPro™ profile to provide data on personality traits which align with various agri-food careers. This information will help to develop an accurate career assessment tool for students. There is no cost to participate.
How to get involved:

1)    Company/Employer shares this assessment link with employees (any size of business can participate).

2)    Employees voluntarily fill out assessment (approximately 30 minutes to complete) and receive their results immediately. Information remains anonymous.

Project Value:

1)    Value for Agri-Food sector: The tool will accurately gauge the personality traits which align with successful individuals working in agri-food.  The result is a ‘success map’ for the agriculture industry with solid criteria to consider when recruiting the future generation of employees.

2)    Value for employer: Self Management Group can share information with your company around personality traits which align with certain positions. This can be valuable in future recruitment needs or HR initiatives.

3)    Value for employee(s): Individual employee(s) receive information which helps them to reflect on their personality traits and recommendations around career path characteristics to seek and avoid.

For more information contact Becky Parker, project and partnerships manager for OAFE, at or 613-743-2716.

Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected and up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight Twitter accounts we think you should consider following or hashtags (#) that will help you join specific conversations.

BASF Canada has been providing real-time technical support through their “Ask the Expert” series. Each session includes a guest tweeter who answers growers’ questions. The next sessions will take place August 26 and September 9 and will discuss pre-harvest herbicide applications. For more information follow @BASFAgSolutions and use the hashtag #AskBASF.

This is the Twitter account of Lee Townsend, a commercial beekeeper in Stony Plain, Alberta. He provides a strong, science- based voice for agriculture from a beekeeper’s perspective on many issues Ontario farmers have been facing. He frequently engages in conversations and provides first-hand experience with his own hives. 

The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app, online tool, or website that may help you in the field or in the farm office.
Sprayers 101 is a new online resource describing best practices in the safe, efficient, and effective operation of agricultural sprayers. Launched in June 2015, it includes a library of articles, fact sheets, videos, lectures, and apps to help farmers find information relating to spraying and sprayers, as well as calculators and tables for users to input their own farm’s information. The site is designed to be user-friendly with important information easy to find.

Experts Tom Wolfe (@nozzle_guy) and Jason Deveau (@spray_guy) operate and update the site.


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