OMAFRA Connects – October 2014

Pricing Corn Silage in 2014
Growing Forward 2 Application Deadlines

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Special Intake
Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum
New Tax Credit to Benefit Farmers and Communities
Local Food Featured in Eastern Ontario
OMAFRA Nutrient Management Course Available Onlline
2014-2015 Advance Payments Program
Ontario Wide Farm Invention ChallengeLocal Food Featured in Eastern Ontario
SPARC – Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities


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Next Issue: November 14, 2014
Pricing Corn Silage in 2014Joel Bagg – Forage Specialist & Greg Stewart, Corn Specialist, OMAFRA
What’s corn silage going to be worth this year? Corn development is delayed for a significant portion of the crop and could be at risk of frost. Farmers may be looking at salvaging frost damaged corn that hasn’t matured adequately for optimum yield, moisture or quality by harvesting or selling some of those fields for silage. Silage piles and silage bags can provide flexible storage options. Local supply and demand and negotiation between buyer and seller ultimately determines the price. It is important that you make your own assumptions for your situation and calculate your own costs, in order to determine what you feel is an acceptable price. Then negotiate the best you can.
Forage Quality Of Frost-Damaged Immature Corn Silage
Buyers need to consider the nutrient quality of frost-damaged corn silage. Frost damaged corn silage will have a lower grain-to-stover ratio. Use wet chemistry laboratory analysis, and newer measures (including crude protein, Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF) digestibility, starch, ash and fat) to more accurately estimate corn silage digestible energy.
Slightly immature, frost damaged corn that has dented can make good silage. In general, this will have slightly higher fibre and crude protein and slightly lower energy levels than normal corn silage. Quality may not be optimum for high producing dairy cows, and it is sometimes a good idea to consider harvesting the better corn fields for silage. Very immature corn silage at the milk or early dough stages will have lower starch and higher fibre levels. This can be fed to animals with low to moderate energy requirements, such as beef cows and stockers. Additional grain can be more easily included in feedlot rations to increase the energy content.
Harvesting Frost-Damaged Corn Silage
Harvesting at the proper whole-plant moisture is critical for producing quality corn silage. Harvesting frost damaged corn silage too wet is the most serious problem. At moisture greater than 70%, clostridial fermentations produce butyric acid, resulting in high fermentation losses, lower intakes, ketosis and poor cow performance. Refer to “Frost Damaged Corn Silage” and OMAFRA Factsheet 13-051 “Harvesting Corn Silage at the Right Moisture”.
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Les programmes, les services et les ressources du ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation de l’Ontario et du ministère des Affaires rurales sont également disponsibles en anglais.


The programs, services and resources of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs are also available in French.


Growing Forward 2 Application Deadlines


Producers and Processors:The next Implementation Application Intake for producers and processors will open on November 10, 2014 and close on December 11, 2014. Please note that the Capacity application stream is still open.


Organizations and Collaborations:

The 2015 deadlines will be available on the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAC) website mid-December.


Before submitting an application to AAC, organizations and collaborations should first review the Capacity Building and Project Implementation program guides. Next, AAC encourages applicants to complete a pre-proposal and submit it Full Growing Forward 2 applications are due on the deadline dates listed on the AAC website. Capacity building funding requests $20,000 and under are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed within 20 business days.

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Reminder: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Biosecurity Special Intake

The deadline for completing your Porcine EpidemicDiarrhea (PED) Biosecurity Special Intake is fast approaching. Here are some important dates:


Project related approved costs can be incurred: on or after April 1, 2013 until October 31, 2014.

A single and complete project claim may besubmitted: on or after April 1, 2014 until November 28, 2014.
For more information on this or any other GF2 producer programs contact:Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association at 519-826-4214 / 1-800-265-9751 or or for all Growing Forward 2 programs contact: OMAFRA – Agricultural Information Contact Centre 1-877-424-1300 13QOKFM


Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum

Hosted by: Northumberland County, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


This is an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development that have agriculture and food (farming, food processing, fibre, bio-fuel) in their portfolio to network, share successes, and learn more about programs targeted to the agricultural sector.


The Forum takes place on October 29 & 30, 2014. Attendance is available by WebEx. WebEx registration deadline is: Friday, October 24, 2014

For more information please contact – Trissia Mellor at 905-372-3329 ext6492 , 1-800-354-7050 ext 6492, MellorT@NorthumberlandCounty. ca or – Valerie Clark at 519-873-4086, valerie.


New Tax Credit to Benefit Farmers and Communities

A new tax credit is helping put nutritious, fresh, locally grown food on the plates of those who need it most.


The Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers – the only one of its kind in Canada – is giving farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate to community food programs, including food banks and student nutrition programs.


The tax credit is a part of the Ontario government’s local food strategy and Local Food Act, 2013 to promote the good things that are grown and harvested across the province.


For more information on the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, please visit:


Local Food Featured in Eastern Ontario

The 2014 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference brings together leaders involved in all aspects of a local food system. This event gives you the opportunity to:

Get a “bird’s eye view” of what’s happening in local food throughout eastern Ontario;
Make key connections with businesses and organizations that can support your work;
Attend sessions that address current challenges in Eastern Ontario’s local food sector; and
Enjoy and celebrate eastern Ontario’s local food offerings with others who are as passionate about local food as you are.
A decade ago, critics said that a growing consumer interest in local food would never be more than a small niche in the agricultural economy. Today, we see more and more organizations recognizing the power of local food in their communities. That’s why this year’s theme is “Local Food: Niche to Mainstream”. The conference will focus on tools needed to manage growth to create a sustainable local food system. As always, the topics presented will provide participants with best practices, tools and resources, and contacts for potential collaborations. A lively trade show and a local food tour will again be a part of this year’s conference.

Who should attend?

Businesses involved in the local food sector: producers, processors, restaurants, retailers, food service providers, wholesalers and distributors;
Institutions interested in providing local food;
Organizations supporting local food with projects and programming;
Municipal staff and politicians interested in tapping into the value of local food for tourism, health and prosperity;
Economic developers exploring opportunities in local food;
Researchers who work with the local food sector; and
Anyone interested in learning more about eastern Ontario’s exciting local food economy.
The conference will be held on November 24-25, 2014 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Kingston, ON.


For a full agenda, sponsorship information, and to register, please or for updates follow @eolocalfood.


OMAFRA Nutrient Management Courses now available online

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) offers a range of training courses to provide information on nutrient management and the Nutrient Management Act (NMA).  These courses are now available on line!OMAFRA’s training courses give learners the tools to safely manage nutrients while protecting the environment. Take our courses to become a government-certified Nutrient Management Planner or Consultant.Our eLearning format allows you to learn on your own time and at your own pace. The newest eLearning course – Introduction to Nutrient Management – provides a basic understanding of nutrient management best management practices. This course will be of interest to a wider audience beyond those who require certification.Visit the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus website for more information on in-class and online nutrient management training options.


Contact the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus for more information:

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Newcomer and Youth Community Indicators – Training Sessions Added

Stephen Morris, Economic Development Specialist – OMAFRA


Due to demand two additional training sessions have been scheduled for the Newcomer and Youth Community Indicators tool.


The Newcomer and Youth Community Indicators is an analytical tool that provides information to help communities assess their attractiveness to newcomers and youth. Communities of all sizes need factual and comparative data to support planning efforts and decision making to assist in the creation of strategies for attracting newcomers and retaining youth. The tool allows communities to benchmark themselves against similar communities located across the Province.


There are 55 indicators in the following eight categories that help to identify community attractiveness including:

Access to Health Care

By using the Newcomer and Youth Community Indicators tool, communities can identity their strengths and overcome barriers to successfully recruit and retain newcomers and youth. Get your free copy of the Newcomer and Youth Community Indicators tool by submitting the request form at



These free (60 minute) webinar will provide information and tips on using tool to assess and benchmark your communities attractiveness related to newcomers and youth.



Overview of the Categories and Indicators
Data Structure and Comparison Geographies
Demonstration of the Excel Tool
Applications of the information
Question and Answer
To register
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Call: 1-877-424-1300
Thursday, November 13, 2014
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Call: 1-877-424-1300

After you have registered teleconference and webinar information
2014-2015 Advance Payments Program

The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program that helps crop, livestock, greenhouse and nursery landscape producers meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions by improving their cash flow throughout the year.


Under the APP, the federal government guarantees repayment of cash advances issued to farmers by the producer organization.These guarantees help the producer organization borrow money from financial institutions at lower interest rates. The producer organization issues producers a cash advance on the anticipated value of their farm product that is being produced and/or that is in storage.


For a complete list of available agricultural products, advance rates and available advance dates go to


Ontario Wide Farm Invention Challenge

Farm&Food Care is launching the Ontario-wide Farm Invention Challenge with $9,000 in cash prizes available for winning entries in the categories of animal care and water efficiency and quality.

Farm & Food Care will profile winning entries as part of our commitment to doing the right thing in animal care and the environment. The Farm Invention Challenge will help share creative ideas and methods that farmers are using on their farms every day.


A. Animal Care

1. Large farm gadgets and gizmos – Whether it`s welding up a new attachment for your skid steer or designing a whole new feeding system, share with us your large scale farm innovations.

2. Small farm gadgets and gizmos – Have you ever fixed something with a rubber band or used a cotter pin in an unusual way? We want to hear about the simple fixes that have revolutionized animal care on your farm.

3. Farm hacks – Tell us how you have made simple changes around your barn to save time and headaches on your farm.


B. Water Efficiency & Quality

1. Water quality and nutrient management – What changes to equipment or practices have led to improved water quality and less nutrient runoff from farm lands? Share your ideas that help Ontario farmers better manage nutrients and minimize off-site impacts on surface and ground water quality.

2. Water use efficiency – Have you built a custom control system or use a different moisture sensor system to minimize overuse of water? Enter your equipment ideas or conservation practices that are working to improve the use of water around your farm.

3. Community/other – Tell us about your community organized or farm group projects that have helped to protect and/or improve water resources in your area.


$1,000 first prize in each category
$500 second prize in each category

All entries must be original by the participant.The competition is open to all residents of Ontario. For more information please visit the Farm & Food Care Ontario website at:


Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities

Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC)  invites individuals involved in the performing arts in rural and remote communities to participate in a two day Network Summit in the Haliburton Highlands.


SPARC’s vision is to bring together rural creators, producers, presenters and animateurs to sustain and grow the performing arts in rural communities. They strongly believe that the performing arts have a positive impact on the economic health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities.


Funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is available to support up to 14 Youth (ages 16-29) in the full costs of the summit as well as travel. If you know a youth involved with the performing arts in your community consider nominating them to participate.Nomination deadline is October 24, 2014. Forms can be found at
Best Management Practices Series from OMAFRA

The Best Management Practice (BMP) series is a series of publications that take a practical, affordable approach to conserving farm soil and water resources without sacrificing productivity.


The series was put together in consultaion with a team of farmers, researchers, extension staff and agribusiness professionals.


The BMP series is an award-winning series of innovative publications:

presenting affordable options for protecting soil and water resources on the farm;
supporting individual farm planning and decision-making in the short and long term;
harmonizing productivity, business objectives and the environment;
available in both English and French;
each book presents a range of circumstances and options to address a particular environmental concern – use the information to assess what’s appropriate for your property.
Cover to cover, every BMP book will help you:

understand an environmental issue in context of your operation or property
see options for addressing an issue that work with your circumstances
plan and put into action farm-proven, environmentally responsible management practices
increase efficiencies – in resource use and production
improve property now and for future generations
demonstrate stewardship to neighbours
created long-term plans and sharpen day-to-day decision-making
enrich natural areas.
Let BMP books be your best-used, ready-reference guides.

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Fact Sheets and Publications

To order OMAFRA publications and factsheets:

Visit any OMAFRA Resource Centre / Northern Ontario Regional Office or ServiceOntario location english/offices/rural_ont_ad. htm
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The following are some of the recently released publications:


Publication 384 : Protection Guide for Turfgrass. Service Ontario Item Number: 019137 english/crops/pub384/ p384order.htm


Publication 838: Vegetable Crop Protection Guide. Service Ontario Item Number: 109053.To order or download PDF: english/crops/vegpubs/vegpubs. htm.


Publication 841 : Guide to Nursery and Landscape Plant Production and IPM. This publication is a companion guide to Publication 840, Crop Protection Guide for Nursery and Landscape Plants.This publication replaces Publication 383, Nursery & Landscape Plant Production and IPM. Service Ontario Item Number: 019139. Available online only english/crops/pub841/ p841order.htm.


Publication 370 : Guide to Greenhouse Floriculture Production.Service Ontario Item Number: 019249.Available online only – english/crops/pub370/ p370order.htm


Publication 835: Crop Protection Guide for Greenhouse Vegetables.Service Ontario Item Number: 109053. To order or download PDF, go to: ca/english/crops/pub835/ p835order.htm


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