January 2019

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CropSmart & FarmSmart - register today!

Perth County AGM January 17
Digital Farming survey
Read the November newsletter online

CropSmart and FarmSmart

Thinking about attending this year's event? Register today!
Today is the last day to register for CropSmart at RIM Park, Waterloo on Friday, January 18 and the last day to get early bird pricing for FarmSmart at Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph on Saturday, January 19. Regular-priced admission rates apply after today.
More information and link to registration at

Perth County AGM January 17

5:30 p.m., West Perth Community Centre, Mitchell

More information and registration information

Keeping it real in Ag: Guest speakers Sandi and Mark Brock own and operate Shepherd Creek Farms in West Perth. They know a thing or two about juggling many aspects of farming, as cash croppers, beef & sheep farmers and leading the industry on many boards and committees. 



1-day EFP workshop announced

Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Location: Mount Forest Legion, 140 King Street W.
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Producers must have a verified 3rd edition letter or a reviewed 4th edition certificate in order to attend (2004-2018).
To register contact Lois Sinclair, 
519-955-3139 sinclair@ontariosoilcrop.org

Find out about more workshops in your region (PDF)


Ontario Grain Farmers Volunteers needed for Digital Farming Study

Research Study: Perspectives of Ontario Grain Farmers on Digital Farming & Big Data in Food
University of Waterloo, School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability

The emergence of new technologies and applications of Big Data give rise to a new model of agriculture, digital farming, as GIS mapping technology, drones, sensors, and advanced computer hardware become common-place in farm operations. There is growing positive enthusiasm for digital farming; however, government, industry, and academic discourses often do not represent those most directly affected—farmers.
We are looking for the perspective of grain farmers or people who work on farms that grow soy, corn, or wheat, in Ontario. Participants will answer an online questionnaire (less than 10 minutes) and have the option to volunteer for a more in-depth interview in person or over the phone (30-40 minutes).
You can find the online survey and the information letter here:
If you would prefer not to complete the online survey, but would still like to participate in the interview, please contact Sarah-Louise at sruder@uwaterloo.ca.
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE#23305).
This message is sent on behalf of the researchers. Please direct your questions to Sarah-Louise at 416-903-7534 or sruder@uwaterloo.ca.
Student Researcher: Sarah-Louise Ruder, sruder@uwaterloo.ca
Research Supervisors: Dr. Jennifer Clapp,  jclapp@uwaterloo.ca & Dr. Andrea Collins, a2collin@uwaterloo.ca

In case you missed it! 

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Proudly serving the members of Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington County Soil and Crop Improvement Associations

John Poel | President
Doug Walker | Vice-President 
Horst Bohner & Jonna Follings | OMAFRA Reps
Stuart Wright | Provincial Director

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