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Farms.com has created an online directory of agriculture apps that will help farmers quickly find the apps that will help them get the most out of their smartphone accessing information they want.

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Just launched!
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a new series of tutorials to help you use the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA), an online application that allows you to create custom maps and find agricultural information for Ontario. You can find the AIA link on the AgMaps Geographic Information Portal at ontario.ca/agmaps, the ministry’s single access point for geospatial data.

The AgMaps Portal and AIA Application Help Tutorial Series provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the AIA for your farm or business. The audio/visual series helps with a range of topics – from navigating the application and creating layers on your custom maps, to creating tile drainage maps and nutrient management strategy farm sketches.

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Effective January 1, 2015 nine weeds were added and nine removed.

Effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were added to the Schedule of Noxious Weeds (a regulation under the Weed Control Act):

common crupina serrated tussock wild chervil
jointed goatgrass smooth bedstraw wild parsnip
kudzu tansy ragwort woolly cupgrass

These non-native weeds were added to minimize their interference to agriculture.

In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were removed from the Schedule:

black-seeded proso millet nodding thistle spp. tuberous vetchling
goat’s beard spp. Russian thistle yellow rocket
Johnson grass scotch thistle wild carrot

The weeds are being removed because they are no longer considered significant threats to agriculture and can be managed through modern management practices. These changes will help support pollinators.

About the Schedule of Noxious Weeds

The Schedule of Noxious Weeds identifies weeds that can seriously damage agricultural land, crops or livestock. If these weeds are growing in a location that negatively impacts agriculture or horticulture, then they must be destroyed. If you feel that your agricultural or horticultural land is being negatively impacted by noxious weeds, contact your local Weed Inspector.

Contact Us

Learn more about the changes, the Schedule and weed management options at:

ontario.ca/by7q

1-877-424-1300

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Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers provides a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Check with your commodity organizations for additional commodity-specific programs that may be available through your associations.

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