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Developing hardier, tastier greenhouse vegetables

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Greenhouse-grown Ontario tomatoes

Imagine greenhouse tomatoes and peppers that look and taste great, grow well, and are disease-resistant too.

That’s what Daryl Somers and his team at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) are currently working on.

They’re using genomics, the study of DNA sequence and genomes, to help them find and identify variations in the plants that can be used to develop desirable traits. Continue reading

Ontario’s emerging hazelnut industry

One of Ontario’s new emerging crops is hazelnuts.

University of Guelph agricultural communications student Geoff Farintosh has written the following story about this innovation in Ontario’s agri-food sector:

The prospect of hazelnut production in Ontario is being enhanced by new research and innovation that’s made the notion extremely appealing to producers.

Canada spends more than $100 million importing hazelnuts each year, and this number is increasing each year.

With the price per pound having doubled recently, many Canadian farmers are looking to tap into this niche market. In fact, the amount of hazelnut acreage is expected to increase exponentially in 2015.

You can read the rest of his article on Farms.com.

Meet an Ontario Hazelnut grower.

Learn more about Ontario’s hazelnut farmers.


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

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