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Robert Wagner, Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist We are pleased that Robert Wagner joined the Agriculture Development Branch as the Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist. Robert will be working from the Guelph Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) office.  Robert Wagner.jpg

The Business Opportunities and Market Strategies Specialist works with producers to develop commodity marketing plans, primarily for the grains and oilseeds sectors as well as for livestock and horticultural sectors. The position also involves working with industry to identify new business opportunities, new markets and products and helping clients to determine the viability of these areas.  This work will also include developing and delivering new marketing and business resources to help industry enhance and meet changing customer demands.

Nick Betts, Business Management Specialist

We are pleased that Nick Betts joined the Agriculture Development Branch as the Business Management Specialist. Nick will be working from the Guelph Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) office. Nick Betts

The Business Management Specialist contributes to program evaluation, policy development, and direct engagement with farmers and farm organizations, particularly on topics related to sustainability in agriculture and agri-business, farm succession and new entrants, strategic planning, human resources and farm safety.

In these roles, Robert and Nick aim to increase business competitiveness and investment along the agricultural value-chain.

Robert and Nick’s contact details and a complete listing of business management specialists are available at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/directory/staffdirectorybusiness.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has developed a new book, “House Fly Control in Poultry Barns,” that describes integrated pest management practices for fly control. It outlines ways that you can tailor fly control strategies to match your unique farming situation.

Poultry operations provide an ideal environment for house fly populations to thrive. Controlling the house fly population in your poultry barns is important in maintaining a healthy barn environment, as:

  • Large fly populations can damage equipment and increase biosecurity risk.
  • Large fly populations can decrease poultry production.
  • Flies can act as carriers of food-borne diseases, carrying bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli from one location to another.

Controlling house fly populations can also reduce nuisance complaints from your neighbours.

Visit ontario.ca/cca2 to download a PDF version of the book. You can also order free copies from ServiceOntario at ontario.ca/publications or 1-800-668-9938.

Fly Control in Poultry Barns bookThe OMAFRA web page at ontario.ca/livestock has links to poultry resources, such as nutrient management and biosecurity information. Visit ontario.ca/cbly for information about poultry housing.

Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca for more information on pest management, normal farm practices and poultry farming.

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