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February 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

Life-long dedication to farm conservation defines Soil Champion

By Lilian Schaer for Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Eric Kaiser – 2017 OSCIA Soil Champion Winner

Eric Kaiser has spent a lifetime building his Quinte Region farm; transforming 14 former Loyalist mixed settlement properties on heavy clay soil into a large and productive egg, field crop and strawberry business.

And although he says it’s still a work in progress, he’s justifiably proud of the results.

His efforts have earned him the 2017 Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Soil Champion Award, which is handed out annually by the OSCIA to recognize leaders in sustainable soil management.

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February 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

New Intake Added for Final Year of Growing Forward 2 Program

As the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Assistance Program for producers moves into its final year, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs want to be sure there are still plenty of opportunities for Ontario producers to make on-farm improvements. GF2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector through cost-share funding opportunities. GF2 is delivered to producers by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), and will start to wrap up early in 2018.

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February 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

Launch of the Lake Simcoe Soil Health Improvement Project

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Lake Simcoe Soil Health Improvement Project (LS-SHIP). Following in the footsteps of the Soil Health Improvement Program, available last fall, LS-SHIP offers financial support to farmers in the Lake Simcoe watershed for implementing select Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve soil health and water quality. Funding for LS-SHIP is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

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January 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

Growing Forward 2 – Giving Producers More Opportunities to Make Farm Improvements

In 2017, the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Assistance Program for producers moves into its final year of the funding framework. GF2 is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector through cost-share funding opportunities.

The funding assistance producer stream of GF2 is administered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). OSCIA wants to encourage producers to continue to explore the over 40 different project categories available for cost-share funding under the program, as well as some new opportunities.

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January 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Controlled Drainage Benefits Investigated by New OSCIA Partnership

Guelph, ON–The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has launched a new partnership through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) program. The project, entitled ‘Controlled Tile Drainage – Calculate Your Benefits’, will partner OSCIA with scientists at the University of Ottawa to research the crop yield benefits of controlled tile drainage.

Controlled tile drainage involves the installation of simple flow control systems at tile drain outlets or designated locations upslope to better manage water flow from fields.  Read More

January 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

Grassland Stewardship Program Returns for 2017

Guelph, ON—The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada are pleased to announce the return of the Grassland Stewardship Program (GSP) for 2017, with the first application submission window open from January 9 to February 1, 2017. GSP provides funding to implement forage and pasture management Best Management Practices that support the conservation of bobolink and other grassland birds.

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December 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

Soil Health Graduate Scholar Chosen

December 20, 2016

Guelph, ON – Several years ago, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) in cooperation with the University of Guelph established the ‘Soil Health Graduate Scholarship’. Jordan Graham, who recently enrolled in the graduate program within the School of Environment Sciences is the 2016-17 recipient of this scholarship. Jordan’s research is focused on examining the influence of herbaceous biomass crops, such as switchgrass and miscanthus on soil organic carbon (SOC) levels in soils across Ontario.

Jordan Graham

Jordan Graham

“Soil health has been identified as OSCIA’s number one research priority”, says Gord Green, President of the OSCIA. “Where soil conditions allow for an increase in organic matter, the carbon sequestration is a positive effect against climate change, and OSCIA is pleased to be a partner in this important work”.
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December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

2017 FHIP Deadline Extended!

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP) has been extended! Applications will continue to be received until funding is fully allocated. Applications will now be reviewed in the order they are received for the entire GLASI eligible area.

glasi-eligible-area-2017Now is the time to apply for your 2017 projects! With up to $50,000 available per farm business over the duration of the three-year program, this is a timely opportunity to make improvements to benefit your farm’s productivity and profitability as well as the health of the Great Lakes.

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December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

Ontario farmers take full advantage of funding for helping species at risk

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December 7, 2016

Guelph, ON⏤The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is pleased to announce that the funding available through the 2016 Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) has been fully allocated to Ontario farmers. With over 100 on-farm projects in 27 counties across the province that support valuable farm habitat for species at risk (SAR), this year’s SARFIP has benefitted more farmers and SAR than ever before!

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