Archive: Farming

2018 Farm Smart Conference

On January 20th, 2018, I was able to attend the Farm Smart 2018 Conference. Farm Smart is a day-long event featuring workshops and speakers on agriculture and ag-related topics. The conference is an excellent educational opportunity for farmers, ranging from practical workshops such as “Direct Marketing Strategies” to inspirational workshops such as “New Ventures and…

Farm Succession Stories from Eastern Ontario

Farm succession continues to be a topic of discussion and concern among farmers today. This topic has been covered on more occasions in this medium in the past. There are several differing opinions on the number of farms and the dollar amount which is assumed will change generational hands over the next 10-15 years. Recently,…

Arboriculture and Farming

This time of year our trees and woodlots command our attention with their amazing display of colour. Trees are beautiful, and they are beneficial for the environment, water quality and wildlife. But trees can also be part of the productivity and profitability of farms. While in some regions of the province woodlots and tree lines…

Farm Regulations

Over the next four years poultry and livestock producers who use unvented gas heaters in their facilities will be required to have them verified for proper installation. According to Section 7.36 of the Gaseous Fuels Code, Technical Standard and Safety Authority (TSSA) requires a professional engineer to verify installations for farmers to continue to have…

Agvocating From a Consumers Perspective Part 2

Farmers are under huge pressure to change their practices to please the consumer. Activist groups like PETA and NON GMO projects distribute advertisements and undercover videos to get their message across.  They have tainted the perspective of what farming is really like, leading to misunderstandings of daily practices on the farm. Last week I discussed…