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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

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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December 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

Windbreak minimizes soil erosion, improves weed control

December 1, 2016
By Lilian Schaer

Millbank, ON – Dean Bauman was in search of a low maintenance windbreak that would reduce wind erosion of the soil and control weed seeds on his Perth County dairy farm near Millbank.

It was during an Environmental Farm Plan workshop that he first learned of the Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP), the cost-share funding program which supported the tree planting project he completed with two of his neighbours. 

Collectively and with the help of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), they planted 1,250 white spruce trees, recommended to Bauman by the GRCA as a hardy, thick-growing species. 

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November 9, 2016 / 0 Comments

BadgerWay Program will encourage wildlife corridors on Ontario farmland

November 10, 2016

Guelph, ON—Ontario’s badgers will get a helping hand from farmers through the latest program delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). BadgerWay is a new program to support on farm habitat for this species at risk, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada as part of the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) initiative.


BadgerWay Program brochure.


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November 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP) 2017 – Applications accepted November 22 to December 13, 2016

The Farmland Health Incentive Program (FHIP) will return for producers in the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) eligible area this fall. This innovative stewardship program provides financial support for producers to implement select Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve soil health and water quality. With up to $50,000 available per farm business over the duration of the three-year (2015 – 2018) program, this is an opportunity to make improvements to benefit your farm’s productivity and profitability, as well as the environment.

GLASI Eligible Area

GLASI Eligible Area

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