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A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm.

For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website:


Growing Forward 2 (GF2) encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri products sector. Whether you are starting out, or have been in business a long time, GF2 can help you reach your goals.

Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)

Producers are invited to attend the EFP (Fourth Edition) two-day workshop to learn about best management practices, develop an action plan for their farm and learn about cost-sharing opportunities.

Dates for this workshop are: April 12 (day 1) and 19 (day 2) in Mount Forest; May 9 (day 1) and 16 (day 2) in St. Marys; and June 7 (day 1) and 14 (day 2) in Listowel.

Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) – Planning for Business Success

Start the business planning process by attending the two-day interactive workshop. You will assess business management practices, determine priorities and key goals, develop realistic action plans and learn about cost sharing funding opportunities.

Dates are: March 21 (day 1) and 28 or April 4 (day 2) in Arthur; April 3 (day 1) and 10 or 17 (day 2) in Mount Forest; and June 12 (day 1) and 19 or 26 (day 2) in Fergus.

Biosecurity Workshop

At this one day workshop, an experienced veterinarian or certified crop advisor will show you the benefits of having an on-farm biosecurity program and identify key practices which will enhance biosecurity on your farm.  

Please check the website for workshop postings or call 519-955-3139 for more information.

Maximizing Your Traceability Investment Workshop

This in-class workshop will focus on how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line with your traceability system.

Real life examples and business profiles focused on traceability best practices will be examined throughout the workshop.

Dates are: May 3 (day 1) and 10 (day 2)  at a location to be determined.

Food Safety Workshops/Webinars

Looking to keep up to date on the latest food safety practices and help strengthen your Growing Forward 2 application?

The Food Safety Workshop is a two-day in-class workshop to help you formalize your food safety program, or you can take advantage of a series of six, 1.5 hour webinars which cover the same topics (see schedule online).

Dates are: April 3 (day 1) and 10 (day 2) in a location to be determined.

For information and to register, visit or call 519-955-3139.


March 17, 2017


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