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Livestock Emergency Preparedness Along the Highway 11 Corridor

Development of an emergency livestock response plan and delivery of training workshops to first responders of municipalities located along the highway 11 corridor from North Bay to Thunder Bay

Partners: Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Northern Producer Animal Health Network, Collège Boréal

Improving Malting Barley Yields & Quality in Northern Climates

Assessing several varietes of malting barley relative to location-specific needs in Northern Ontario, determining optimum rates of nitrogen and sulphur application to improve grain yield and malt quality, and quantifying the economic value of improved yields and management practices by assessing return on investment of optimal rates of nitrogen and sulphur

Partners: Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Emo Agricultural Research Station, Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station, New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station, OMAFRA

Effects of AgTiv Mycorrhizal Inoculant on Potatoes and Cereal Crops

Determining whether the use of a mycorrhizal inoculant will improve yields and crop quality in Northern Ontario, leading to increased profits for farmers

Partners: West Nipissing/East Sudbury and Sudbury Soil & Crop Improvement Associations, Northeastern Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association, Collège Boréal, TECC Agriculture Ltd., Valley Growers

Winter Cattle Feeding Trial

Assessing the economic implications of keeping a cow over the winter in Northeastern Ontario

Partners: Temiskaming & Cochrane beef farmers

Deadstock Disposal Vessel Assessment

Examining the potential for the use of deadstock disposal vessels in Northern Ontario

Partners: OMAFRA, Reidridge Farms

Surface Applied Lime on Pasture

Examining the potential of surface applied lime to improve soil pH and pasture growth

Partners: Temiskaming Community Pasture, Temiskaming Crops Coalition

Economics of Hops in Northern Ontario

Assessing the potential of a number of hops varieties in Northern Ontario and supporting further hops applied research in Rainy River

Partners: OMAFRA, EARS

Applied Agricultural Research in Northern Ontario

Report outlining the current state of agricultural research in Northern Ontario, potential future research themes and future steps to create a stable, sustainable framework for Northern research.

Partner: OMAFRA

Plastics Disposal Assessment

Developing an inventory of agricultural plastic waste generated in Northern Ontario and assessing end-use options

Partners: OMAFRA, Envise

Rail Infrastructure Assessment

Assessing the current and potential distribution capacity of the Highway 11 corridor from Nipissing to Cochrane and develop a modular plan for a rail siding facility to efficiently service the area

Partners: Koch Farms & Agri-Sales, Grant Farms, Co-op Regional, Township of Armstrong, FedNor, NOHFC

Drone Land Assessment with Story Environmental

Assessing the feasibility of using drone technology to monitor crops to make better management decisions in Northern Ontario

Partners: Story Environmental Inc., Grant Ag

Indigenous Foods & Medicines Project

Assessing the types of foods and medicines used by the Indigenous communities in the Rainy River District to determine future crop trials at EARS

Partners: OMAFRA, Rainy River Development Corporation, EARS

Biomass Demonstration

Economic analysis of switchgrass & reed canary yields (mulch end user)

Partners: Northaven Farms

Rapid Development of Forest to Farmland

Examining the impact of forestry mulching on crop potential, developing a business case to assess various methods of land clearing (ROI, best management practices, etc.)

Partners: Ontario Soil & Crop Association, Temiskaming Crops Coalition, Cochrane Soil & Crop, GB Equipment, William Runnalls, Carl Dodds, Jason Desrochers

Land Clearing Reference Guide

Examines 4 stages of land clearing and provides the when, how, why, approximate costs and things to consider.

Partners: Growing Forward 2, Ontario Soil & Crop Association

 

Malting Barley, Canola, Wheat & Flax Trials

Examing varieties & management techniques for various crops in Thunder Bay

Partners: TBARS, Canada Malting Company, Richardson International

Oat Cover Crop

Examining the potential of oat cover crop used as animal feed/biomass

Partners: NLARS

Forage Digestibility 

To identify forage varieties that have good winter survivability and testing the yields of these forages throughout the growing season.

 

Northern Ontario Dairy Processing Strategy

Development of a strategic plan to build resiliency and add value to the dairy processing system in Northern Ontario

Partners: Northern Dairy Processing Committees, Scotiabank, EastGen, FedNor, NOHFC

Northern Beekeeping Course Development

Developing a beekeeping course specific to Northern climates to be piloted in the Rainy River District

Intensive Oat Management

Examining the effects of fertility on oats & mechanisms to mitigate lodging concerns.

Partners: NLARS, Pepsico Quaker, BASF, GFO, EngageAgro, Syngenta, Canterra Seeds

Yellow Mustard

Examining management techniques (nitrogen, fungicide, insecticide) to push yields of yellow mustard, an alternative crop for Northern Ontario

Partners: NLARS, GS Dunn, P&H

Year Round Grazing Workshops

Hosting two 3-day workshops (Rainy River, New Liskeard) to extend the grazing season and help build better profit centres, Steve Kenyon to lead

Partners: Rainy River Cattleman's, Beef Farmers of Temiskaming, Growing Forward 2

 

Industrial Hemp Variety Development

Development of tissue culture protocols to facilitate quicker generation of elite varieties of industrial hemp suited to Northern Ontario

Partners: NLARS, PhytoGene Resources, Growing Forward 2 

Northeast Bites

Developing recipes using Northern ingredients and Northern chefs to showcase at a number of events and build marketing capacity

Partners: FedNor, South Temiskaming Community Futures Development Corporation, City of Temiskaming Shores, Building Ties Temiskaming

A Day in Farm Country

Annual self-guided car tour of Temiskaming farms

Northeastern Crop Caravan

Hosting a series of crop tours & workshops across Northeastern Ontario to connect producers to 4 OMAFRA specialists

Partners: Northeastern Ontario Soil & Crop Association 

 

FarmNorth

Developed an agricultural information hub to connect people with information related to agriculture in Northern Ontario

Partners: OMAFRA, Northern Caucus of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, RAIN, NECN, Cloverbelt Local Food Coop, Growing Forward 2

 

Factsheets:

Fababeans in Northern Ontario

Galega (English | French)

Haskap (English | French)

SAMCO (English)

Compost Bedding (English)

Active Grazing      English  French  Coming soon

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