Archive for April, 2013

The Greenhouse Farm Incentive Program (GHFIP) offers funding to complete farm projects that will strengthen your operation while supporting grassland birds. These species rely heavily on the meadows, pastures and hay fields provided by local agricultural operations. For ground-nesting birds such as Bobolink, the period between mid-May and mid-July is most critical for nesting success. GHFIP aims to support farmers who provide this habitat by strengthening existing agricultural management practices. This innovative program relies on a competitive bid system and environmental benefit index to identify and reward proposed projects that show the greatest environmental merit for the government dollars invested. Things you will need to complete an application:

  •    details on what projects you would like to complete and how much they will cost;
  •     a detailed site sketch or aerial photograph/map of your operation (in an electronic format) with pasture and hay fields clearly identified;
  •     knowledge of vegetation in your fields;
  •     information on your grazing management system.

To be eligible for GHFIP you must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number, a current Environmental Farm Plan deemed appropriate through peer review, an active email address and access to high-speed internet. The application process for GHFIP will be online only.

GHFIP aims to support farmers who provide this habitat by strengthening existing agricultural management practices such as:

  •     removing invasive alien plant species and invading trees and shrubs from pastures;
  •     re-engaging abandoned areas of the property into grazing;
  •     establishing rotational grazing systems through increased fencing;
  •     providing alternative watering options for livestock;
  •     improving stream crossings;
  •     retiring marginal lands into native grasslands;
  •     managing forage harvest to support grassland species.

No set cost-share rates or category caps apply to this program; this allows you to tell us how much funding is required to complete various projects. The competitive bid process provides an opportunity to justify costs while competing against other applicants to identify the unique benefits your projects provide.

See the brochure for more details.


MAY 15, 2013 is the deadline for submission of GHFIP bid packages.

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Rural Summer Jobs Program

The 2013 Ontario Rural Summer Jobs Service designed to support employers in creating summer jobs for young people in rural Ontario. The program is accepting applications until April 30, 2013 from eligible rural employers who plan to create summer jobs for students. Eligible businesses and community organizations may receive a hiring incentive of $2 per hour. The maximum available is $1,120 per full-time position for businesses or organization is located in a town, small city or rural township with a population of 100,000.

For further information on the Rural Summer Jobs Service program, including the application, visit the ministry’s website, call 1-888-588-4111 or email: rsjs.omafra@ontario.ca.

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The FCC Spring 2013 Farmland Values Report is available online at http://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/Products/Property/FLV/Spring2013/index.asp

 There is also a link to a short video on the report http://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/LearningCentre/Multimedia/money_finance/farm_land_values_Spring_2013_e.asp


In the video FCC Chief Agriculture Economist J.P Gervais discusses the results of the Spring 2013 Farmland Values Report and what they mean on a national and provincial level.

 Here are the key points provided with the online video

  • Farmland is an essential resource for agricultural production and a source of wealth for farmland owners.
  • Interest rates and crop receipts are two top factors in determining farmland values.
  • The average value of farmland in Canada increased by 10% during the last six months of 2012.
  • Farmland values remained stable or increased in all provinces. Quebec (+19.4%), Manitoba (+13.9%) and Ontario (+7.2%) saw the largest increases.
  • The prospects for farmland values in Canada are good. However, there are many risks that could negatively affect the demand, including weather concerns and possible international supply shifts.
  • High farmland values can make it more difficult for producers to expand, although renting land can be an option. The decision really depends on the financial situation of the individual producer.


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Register for an upcoming Growing Forward 2 client information session hosted by our delivery partners in collaboration with OMAF. Sessions will be offered at the end of April and early May across Ontario.

Information sessions topics include:

  • Growing Forward 2 programming details
  • Future requirements for accessing funding assistance
  • Future intake dates
To register for a Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions click here

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Over the past few months Harry Cummings, of the University of Guelph, and his consultant team, have conducted a complete review and assessment of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).  Now, with the evaluation complete, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is accepting applications for their fifteenth class which will begin in September 2013 and run through March 2015.  Applications are due by Tuesday, April 30.

 “The results are in and the recommendations have been incorporated to create a dynamic, refreshed program for our next class,” says Rob Black, CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute.  “We have held off on promoting the program until we had all of the details in place.  As in the past, we wanted applicants to have a clear picture of exactly what they are applying for, and what their time and financial commitments would be.”

 The dates for seminars, study tours and an all new component of the program, seven one-hour webinars, are now all set for AALP Class 15 and the complete Curriculum Outline is available online.  New, for the upcoming cohort, are two optional activity days, to be held in conjunction with the Toronto and Northern Ontario seminars.

 For more information and the various application forms please visit http://www.aalp.on.ca/application.aspx or call the ROI office at 519-826-4204.

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Governments Supporting Success in Ontario’s Agri-Food Sector
April 2, 2013 4:30 pm Ministry of Agriculture and Food
The federal and provincial governments are working to help Ontario’s agri-food industry grow profits, expand markets and manage risk through Growing Forward 2.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have signed a five-year, multi-million dollar bilateral agreement focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development. It includes $2 billion for federal-provincial-territorial strategic initiatives, which is a 50 per cent increase in cost-shared funding.

Ontario’s Growing Forward 2 programs will help the industry capitalize on opportunities and contribute to the economy. Information sessions and workshops will be available in April and May, 2013, with applications opening in June 2013 for provincial programs.

Governments will continue to offer ongoing funding for a complete and effective suite of business risk management programs under Growing Forward 2, to ensure farmers are protected against severe market volatility and natural disasters.

Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and expand industries is a key priority for the Governments of Canada and Ontario to help build a strong economy.

More information>>

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