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Magic Mix turns fish byproduct into premium compost


Mike Meeker and his dog Rosco on the dock of his rainbow trout fish farm near Evansville on Manitoulin Island.

(Evansville) – To anyone who knew Mike Meeker as a child, there’s no surprise that he’s now a fish farmer, raising rainbow trout on a pristine lakefront property on Manitoulin Island.

“If there was water anywhere, I was in it,” Meeker says of his early years. “There was never any doubt in my mind as to what I wanted to do.”

After attending the University of Wisconsin where he studied Zoology, Meeker played hockey for a few years before settling on the west side of Manitoulin Island in 1984 with his family.

At that time, Meeker said that there weren’t any other fish farms on the island so his plans were met with a great deal of skepticism.

But, his perseverance and enthusiasm paid off and he is now one of five growers successfully raising trout in the area.

To read the rest of Mike’s story about his remarkable innovation, click here to visit the Farm & Food Care blog, “Let’s talk farm animals”.

Special light bulbs help chickens lay more eggs

AgriLux Spectrum LED for Poultry

AgriLux Spectrum LED bulb for poultry

The light emitted by an innovative new LED bulb designed for poultry farmers can help chickens lay more eggs.

AgriLux was developed through research led by Dr. Grégoy Bédécarrats from the University of Guelph’s Department of Animal and Poultry Science.

A partnership with Thies Electrical Distributing in Cambridge, Ontario helped bring the product to market. Continue reading

Developing made-in-Ontario sweet potatoes

Sweet potato fries - web The sweet potato craze is one of the latest food trends to sweep our nation.

Canadian demand for the healthy tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that far outstrip Ontario’s small, locally grown supply.

Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working hard to change that by developing new sweet potato varieties specifically suited for Ontario’s climate and crop conditions.

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Bringing great ideas to market

There is an interesting story in today’s Globe and Mail about how a professor at University of Toronto is helping researchers and students commercialize their research.

Of particular interest to agriculture is Dr. Cynthia Goh’s work with Darren Anderson and Vive Crop Protection. Vive develops nanoparticle-based materials for agricultural applications such as crop protection, and now has 30 full-time employees across two locations, one in Guelph and one in Toronto.

Learn more about Vive.

Ontario-grown quinoa close to commercialization

Ontario quinoa ready for harvest

Ontario-grown quinoa ready for harvest

Demand for quinoa, a super food sought-after for its many health benefits, far outstrips supply. Most of it currently sold in Canada is imported from South America, primarily Bolivia.

Now, Ontario-grown quinoa – pronounced KEEN-wah – may soon be on the market.

Jamie Draves, President and CEO of Katan Kitchens, along with industry partner collaborators, has been conducting research for the past four years to help establish quinoa as a viable crop in Ontario, and they’re getting close to seeing that dream become a reality. Continue reading