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A spotlight on sustainability

CONNECTING SOURCES

THE SAI PLATFORM is a major food and drink industry initiative which supports the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. The organization was founded in 2002, when three multi-national companies (Group Danone, Nestle, and Unilever) created [Read more]

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Biodiversity on the farm

TAKING CARE OF THE LAND

THE WORD BIODIVERSITY can be confusing to a lot of people, especially when discussed in an agricultural context. Broadly defined, biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. When you break it down, this can [Read more]

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Sustainable relationships

HURON - A FAMILY BUSINESS

STARTING YOUR OWN business is something that takes a financial commitment, time commitments, and sacrifices. There are a number of businesses across rural Ontario that have taken an idea and transformed that vision into something [Read more]

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Herbicide resistance

CHANGING CHEMISTRY FOR A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

GLYPHOSATE HAS TRANSFORMED the agricultural industry allowing farmers to use a simple and effective tool to reduce weed pressure in their fields. As a result of this transformation, there is a generation of farmers who [Read more]

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Keeping tabs

RECORD KEEPING ON the farm is not just about making life easier for your accountant come income tax season. Whether you are using precision agriculture technologies to capture data, using Excel or another database to [Read more]

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Sustainable solutions

COVER CROPPING

GOING BACK TO the 1900s, cover cropping was a management practice that was widely used in agriculture. It provided a primary means for weed control and was a way to introduce nitrogen into the cropping [Read more]

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Soil sampling

A LITTLE INVESTMENT FOR A LOT OF INFORMATION

WITH WHEAT HARVEST beginning to wrap up around the province and farmers now looking ahead to the approaching fall harvest season, we are in the so called “dog days of summer” and now is an [Read more]

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The sustainability supply chain

PUTTING THE TERM INTO PRACTICE

OVER THE LAST several years, sustainability has become a word that governments, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), corporations, and consumers are all using. But what does it mean to be sustainable? The definition of the word greatly varies depending [Read more]

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Sustainability goals

ONTARIO FARMERS MEETING INTERNATIONAL TARGETS

MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES are building agricultural sustainability into their corporate social responsibility plans. After initially starting with high risk commodities such as cocoa and palm, companies are now assessing the sustainability of grains and oilseeds in their supply chains. These companies want to buy sustainably grown agricultural products and are increasingly setting ambitious targets to do so. [Read more]

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A sustainable nutrient plan

APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES OF 4R

4R ONTARIO HAS been created as an industry-led initiative working towards a science-based approach to improve nutrient use efficiency and reduce potential nutrient loss into our environment. [Read more]