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Nipping outbreaks in the bud

Be Seen Be Safe logoThis story comes to us from Bioenterprise

Guelph – How do you prevent a minor livestock disease outbreak from becoming a full-­‐scale epidemic? New tracking software from a Guelph-­‐based company may hold the answer.

Containing the next Avian Influenza (bird flu) or Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus means stopping potential carriers from spreading it from one farm to the next. But tracking the comings and goings of every visitor can be a nightmare. Continue reading

The many benefits of using windbreaks

This story comes to us from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Although we had a mild winter this year, Ontario winters are typically cold and bring a lot of snow. Plan ahead and plant a windbreak before next winter – windbreaks are an effective way to trap snow and prevent snow build-up around driveways and laneways, buildings, farmyards and other high-use areas. For you, this means:

  • potential savings in fuel costs
  • a reduction in the wear and tear of your plowing equipment
  • less money and time spent on clearing snow from your property
  • easy access to your livestock
  • safer travel along rural roads

Windbreaks have year-round benefits, too. When planted around field crops, feedlots, livestock buildings, pastures and calving areas, windbreaks reduce wind speeds and will:

  • increase crop yields and reduce soil erosion
  • lower animal stress and improve animal health
  • increase feed efficiency
  • protect the working environment in and around livestock areas

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Growing new varieties of old Ontario fruit favourites to help meet local food demand

A new apricot variety at Vineland - Harostar

A new apricot variety at Vineland – Harostar

By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Vineland, Ontario – The availability of fresh Ontario fruit like peaches is a true sign of summer.

Buoyed by the buy local movement, both consumers and retailers are keen to have more Ontario products more often – and that will soon be possible thanks to a project underway at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Continue reading

Student creativity drives food innovation

Dan Gillis

Dan Gillis, University of Guelph professor

As a professor and instructor, Dan Gillis believes in motivating and challenging his students.

He also likes to harness their creativity and knowledge to help the community.

At the University of Guelph, he’s focused their energies on innovation in food systems, and how those systems could work more efficiently to provide food security in local areas.

“In Guelph, 16 to 20 per cent of households face some level of food insecurity, which means they’re unable to or have difficulty feeding themselves,” explains Gillis. “Although food banks get a lot of help during the holidays, they need help at other times too.” Continue reading

Ontario-built robot system could automate mushroom picking

Robot gently attaches to the mushroom it is about to harvestAt first glance, mushrooms and cars don’t have a lot in common.

But that could change down the road, bringing labour savings for farmers and more mushrooms to market for Canadians.

Using concepts long used in automotive manufacturing, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have developed a robot to pick mushrooms. Continue reading