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Archive for February, 2013

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food in partnership with the University of Guelph, has launched a 10 week pilot of a virtual community for farmers, rural entrepreneurs, students and advisors to network and learn from each other about adding value to farm businesses.

 A virtual community is an online social network where people who have similar interests can come together to share and learn from each other.  The Exploring Value Added Opportunities(EVAO) virtual community pilot builds on the Ministry’s new E-Learning modules, workshops and other training resources.  It is free and easy to join. 

 Whether you are just starting out, or have years of experience to share you can be involved as much as you like.  All you need is an interest in adding value, and internet access to join us in Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter. Go to www.ontario.ca/e996   to access the EVAO resources  including workshop dates and  e-learning sign up.  

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2012 December OMAFRA Swine Budget / 2012 Year Average Swine Budget now posted at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/swine-budgets2012.htm 

 

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Canada’s Produce Place

Canada’s Produce Place

Canada’s Produce Place, a website designed to provide up-to-date information to the retail, wholesale and food service industry on the availability of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The information supplied on these pages by participating industry partners will enable buyers to access information on the availability of local produce at the click of a mouse. Contact information is immediately available so the buyer can connect quickly to the seller of the product.

If you have any comments about the site or suggestions for improvement, please do not hesitate to contact them. Please forward them to Ian MacKenzie at ian@theopma.ca or 416-259-7827, ext. 231.

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The Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers factsheet is a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Read more here.

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The OMAFRA Ag Business Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides short updates on events, programs and information of interest to farm business managers and farm business management advisors. Our goal is to provide you with a tool to help you source information. The update is short and concise with links to where you can find more information.

We hope you will find this e-newsletter useful and easy to use. Please feel free to pass it on to others who may not be current subscribers.

If you would like to receive this e-newsletter, please subscribe online by providing your e-mail address.

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Crop prices have been increasing for the past number of years, but the cost of inputs and land are on the rise too.  Knowing your cost of production will help give you confidence in marketing and input price decisions as well as give you the information you need when determining what you can afford to pay for land.

The direction of input prices for 2013 is mixed.  Inputs like seed, pesticides and crop insurance are expected to see price increases while fertilizer and fuel are projecting to remain level or soften slightly for 2013.

Use the Field Crop Budgets as a guide to project your costs and return for the 2013 cropping year.

2013 Field Crop Budgets – Publication 60 (pdf version (457 kb)) 

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