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INSIDE… newsletter SUMMER 2006 2 3 4 < Speaker & Conference Funding < Norfolk Sand Plain Irrigation < New Staff Members < IAPO Data Collection < New Hatchery Waste Disposal < Update from AAC’s Chair Organic Dairy Centre Announced at Campus d’Alfred A new Organic Dairy Centre that will bring together resources and expertise to provide research into the allocated $410,826 towards this endeavour and the Conseil pour le développement de l’agriculture du Québec (CDAQ) has also AAC’s priorities—industry-led solutions to emerging issues—and will benefit those along the entire value chain from science of organic dairy production was committed $176,069. Additional support for consumer to producer.” announced by the University of Guelph this project was provided on April 4, 2006. by the University of This initiative led by the Dairy Farmers Guelph and the Ontario of Ontario (DFO) will include a certified Ministry of Agriculture, organic dairy herd and associated research Food and Rural Affairs facilities, and will operate on a cost- as well as the Prescott- recovery basis funded by milk sales. It Russell Community will also be a conduit for information and Development technology generated by research at other Corporation. institutions in North America and Europe, “This project, led by and will operate in both English and the Dairy Farmers of French. Research conducted at the facility Ontario, will assist in will be coupled with outreach efforts the development of a designed to facilitate the transfer of the world renowned organic knowledge and technology to the dairy dairy research centre, industry, both organic and conventional. located right here in Photo courtesy of Journal Agricom This project was funded in part by Ontario,” says Bette Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through Jean Crews, AAC Chair. Left to right: CDAQ representative Roger Riverin, DFO board member Ron Versteeg, University of Guelph vice-president of research Alan Wildeman, Agricultural the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s (AAC) “This project clearly Adaptation Council Chair Bette Jean Crews and Campus d’Alfred interim director CanAdvance program. The AAC has addresses one of the Marcel Couture open the new Centre for Organic Dairy Research. “Homegrown Ontario” Project Funded Under CanAdvance T he Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) recently awarded over $3 million dollars to Ontario Pork, the Ontario three-year project, which provides $3.44 million of the total project cost of $4.29 million, represents the largest award from the AAC. “More and more, we see producers and their associations working together like this to strengthen value supply chains, Sheep Marketing Agency and the Ontario the AAC’s CanAdvance program. The enhance consumer satisfaction and, in the Veal Association for the development of a CanAdvance program is funded through end, create greater opportunities through Homegrown Ontario identity. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s self-sufficient ventures. It’s so encouraging The Homegrown Ontario project will Advancing Canadian Agriculture and to see our rural economy strengthened focus on raising consumer awareness of Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program. through these kinds of projects.” Ontario pork, lamb and veal products “This is a further indication of the sense through advertising, communications of purpose we see coming from Ontario For more information please visit and public relations campaigns. This producers,” says Bette Jean Crews, Chair of www.adaptcouncil.org 1 AAC Newsletter Funding for Speakers and Conferences U nder the CanAdvance Program, $100,000 is now available to fund requests for speakers, and to support The objective is to help Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industry attract top-calibre speakers to industry Up to $3,000 is available for eligible projects. industry conferences and meetings. conferences, annual meetings and For more information on the workshop symposiums. Speakers and CanAdvance Sponsorship Project meetings should be focused on either please visit www.adaptcouncil.org Advancing the Policy Dialogue, or or contact the AAC at (519) 822-7554. Market and Trend Studies, which are CanAdvance Pillar 3 priorities. Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario Collects Information to Improve Aboriginal Agriculture T he Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario (IAPO), with funding from the Agricultural Management information, projected cash flow statements and other important farm financial data from Aboriginal farmers to Institute (AMI), has created an initiative input into an IAPO database. IAPO is an organization that that will allow IAPO field staff to This database will aid in the development provides financial and advisory services collect financial statements, inventory of a number of agricultural benchmarks to Status Indian Farmers in over 200 related to the cost of production and will farm businesses in 18 First Nation be useful in the financial assessment of Communities. This project will create a Aboriginal farm businesses. model that can be shared with IAPO’s Information gained from this project partners and Aboriginal Financial will be displayed in IAPO’s monthly Institutions (AFI). The AFI network newsletters and reports to partners, shared consists of more than 50 corporations with loan applicants, used as a tool for across Canada, of which five have an promoting aboriginal agriculture, and will agricultural mandate. enhance Ontario agricultural statistics. The AMI is supporting this initiative with database will be used as a risk-rating a contribution of $26,600. This project tool as the IAPO moves toward a is funded in part through contributions risk-rating interest rate system. by the Government of Canada and the “Many First Nation farmers are Province of Ontario under the AMI, first generation entrepreneurs an initiative of the federal-provincial- operating under unique territorial territorial Agricultural Policy Framework and financial constraints,” designed to position Canada’s agri-food explains Doug Macpherson, sector as a world leader. The Agricultural general manager of IAPO. “This Adaptation Council administers AMI on project will establish a bench- behalf of the Government of Canada and marking system to support the Province of Ontario. present agricultural activities as well as assist in the promotion of For more information on the IAPO new ventures.” please visit www.indianag.on.ca. 2 Summer 2006 Crop Irrigation Water Use across the Norfolk Sand Plain T he Ontario Ministry of the Environment has classified the Watersheds of Long Point Region, Catfish Creek and the lower water level gauging at various locations, develop internet-based access to water level data for the major watercourses, undertake Grand River as high-use watershed areas and coordinate Permits To Take Water in Ontario. Summer water shortages are (PTTW) clinics, coordinate local irrigation common across the Sand Plain region and advisory committees, and obtain an up-to- unfortunately the availability of irrigation date list of PTTW from the Ministry of the water and crops have been greatly Environment to develop mailing lists and impacted. With funding of $115,000 newsletters. This work will be coordinated from the Canada-Ontario Water Supply by a project steering committee. Expansion Program (COWSEP), the Jim Oliver, general manager of the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture will Long Point Region Conservation research successes from a previous pilot Authority and a member of the project venture and then use this information to steering committee explains “Our area protect and maintain the water supply across the four counties and parts of the and the Province of Ontario under Tier 3 of source in the Norfolk Sand Plain area. three conservation authority watersheds the COWSEP, an initiative under the federal- The 2000-2003 pilot project was is the most active area for crop irrigation provincial-territorial Agricultural Policy implemented across the Big Creek in the entire province. This funding from Framework. The Agricultural Adaptation watershed in the Long Point Region. the COWSEP has allowed us to coordinate Council administers Tier 2 and Tier 3 of the Crop irrigators were grouped within sub- efforts to support crop irrigators and COWSEP on behalf of the Government of watershed areas, and supported by the to get them to use and share water in a Canada and the Province of Ontario. conservation authority and a committee of consistent way. We hope this approach farmers. With this information the Norfolk will serve as a model for the future.” For more information on the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture and its partners, This project is funded in part through Federation of Agriculture please visit using COWSEP funds, will now develop contributions by the Government of Canada www.nfawebsite.org. Alternate Methods of Hatchery Waste Disposal embryos, egg shells, etc.). Currently, the the trials, laboratory analyses, survey and standard method of disposal is shipment feasibility study while in ‘non-crisis’ mode to a rendering facility. is expected to enhance the emergency Debbie Carroll of the OHA explains, preparedness of the hatchery sector. “Using equipment and personnel support The On-Farm Biosecurity Initiative is at the University of Guelph-Ridgetown funded under Agriculture and Agri-Food T he Ontario Hatcheries Association (OHA) is teaming up with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Campus, trials will be run to assess and compare the feasibility of two processes— anaerobic digestion and composting.” Canada’s Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program and administered by the Agricultural Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph- Having options for handling the waste, Adaptation Council. Ridgetown Campus to research alternative whether on-site or at alternate off-site methods of hatchery waste disposal. locations could address concerns of OHA has received $59,360 from movement restrictions, rendering capacity, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s On- or handling potentially infected material. Farm Biosecurity Initiative to investigate Pre and post-treatment laboratory analyses alternative ways to handle residual will establish benchmarks for chemical Photo courtesy of the Ontario Farm Animal material (infertile eggs, dead-in-shell composition and residues. Conducting Council’s animal agriculture photo library 3 AAC Newsletter New Staff Update from at the AAC AAC’s Chair Bette Jean Crews, AAC Chair Program Updates T he Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) recently As of May 31, 2006 1. Advancing Canadian Agriculture Melanie Barrette Vicky Thibodeau awarded its largest Intermediate Accountant Claims Administrator and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program grant—over • CanAdvance $3 million dollars— 82 projects approved to Ontario Pork, the Ontario Sheep Marketing $11,648,118 committed Agency and the Ontario Veal Association for • On-Farm Biosecurity Initiative the development of a recognizable ‘Homegrown 7 projects approved Ontario’ identity for Ontario red meats. $400,230 committed Modeled after Foodland Ontario, ‘Homegrown Ontario’ will offer consumers Funded by Agriculture and Amy Williams Allyson Squire Administrative Assistant Communications Assistant the opportunity to buy more Ontario Agri-Food Canada red meat products, which will help grow T he Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) welcomes Melanie Barrette as Intermediate Accountant for the AAC. the domestic market for red meat. There has never been a more critical time to support Ontario farmers, and I encourage 2. Canada-Ontario Research and Development (CORD) Program IV 301 projects approved Melanie graduated from the University you to check your local grocery stores for $25,778,637 committed of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of ‘Homegrown Ontario’ products. Administrative and Commercial Studies- The AAC’s membership base continues Funded by the federal and provincial governments under Finance and Economics. Melanie has five to grow! I’m pleased to welcome the the Agricultural Policy years experience working in accounting Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) as Framework (APF) for the public sector and small business the newest member organization under the consulting. Melanie is a long-time resident Agribusiness Sector. 3. Agricultural of Guelph and a licensed private pilot. Over the next number of months, Management Institute The AAC also welcomes Vicky the AAC will be hosting a series of 7 projects approved Thibodeau as Claims Administrator sector consultation workshops with our $722,017 committed for the Finance Unit. Vicky brings to member organizations. There are several Funded by the federal and the AAC a number of years experience advantages to holding these workshops. At provincial governments under in agriculture, previously working at the sessions, we will discuss the important the Agricultural Policy Eleview, and ACC Farmers’ Financial. issues our members face, so that we, as Framework (APF) Vicky is originally from Sault Ste Marie. a Board, can stay current with the needs Amy Williams joined the AAC as Admin- of the industry. These workshops are an 4. Canada-Ontario Water Supply istrative Assistant in August of 2005. Amy opportunity for the AAC to identify service Expansion Program (COWSEP) graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, levels and areas that can be enhanced. 3 projects approved Kentucky. Amy brings to the AAC a By meeting, the member organizations $746,666 committed strong knowledge of software systems and have the opportunity to identify and Funded by the federal and previous agricultural experience working discuss common issues and joint projects provincial governments under for ACC Farmers’ Financial. or initiatives. Invitations with specific the Agricultural Policy Allyson Squire joined the AAC as consultation dates and times are being Framework (APF) Communications Assistant in August of 2005. mailed to each member organization. Allyson graduated from Fanshawe College with a diploma in Corporate Communications Agricultural Adaptation Council Funded by: and Public Relations. Allyson was raised Ontario AgriCentre on her family’s cash crop and sheep farm Suite 103, 100 Stone Road West Guelph, ON N1G 5L3 Agriculture and Agriculture et in Centralia, where she continues to assist Phone: (519) 822-7554 Agri-Food Canada Agroalimentaire Canada with the operation on weekends. Fax: (519) 822-6248 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.adaptcouncil.org 4
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