Ontario has more PED outbreaks
April 8, 2019 - Ontario has had two more outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, both in finishing barns.
One was in Perth, the other in Wellington County. Both are listed on the Ontario Pork website as being reported Apr. 4.
They bring the Ontario total to 126 and indicate again that biosecurity is not tight enough in Ontario to prevent the spread of highly contagious and deadly diseases.
April 10 nomination for region 5
April 8, 2019 - With the resignation effective Apr 1 of Region 5 DFO board member Will Vanderhorst, dairy producers here have until April 10 to be nominated for the position.
Dairy producer committees in the central Ontario region which includes Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham and York Regions, were notified last month that Dairy Farmers of Ontario would be holding a byelection to replace Vanderhorst.
The Norwood-based board member said in a notice to his committees that a change in the labour situation at home had prompted his resignation.
DFO is accepting nominations for the position until April 10, and nominees will have until April 22 to “exercise their right to withdraw their name,” says the letter. It notes that while the “procedure for conducting Board Member elections is detailed in the enclosed Milk Act Regulation 760… there is no set procedure for a by-election.” Therefore “the procedures established by the Board have been guided by the Regulation.”
If there are two or more nominations, ballots will be distributed by DFO by May 3, and would be returned by May 24 to participate in the election. The ballots would be counted on June 7.
The letter to the DPCs from election returning officer Tracy McGilley also notes that staff are “preparing information about the duties and roles of Board members and will make it available if requested.”
IPM 2020 to land in Kawartha Lakes
April 8, 2019 - City of Kawartha Lakes - The Ontario Plowman’s Association is confirming it has rented the fairgrounds here to be the location of IPM 2020. The event will be held the week after Thanksgiving 2020.
President Dave Murray says the date change is because the Lindsay Exhibition will be held on the fairgrounds in the third week of September; the traditional dates for the International Plowing Match; the largest event on Ontario’s agricultural calendar.
“We didn’t want to interfere with their event,” he said.
Murray said in its early years the event was held in October. But the actual dates haven’t been confirmed he said, explaining that with Thanksgiving in the mix; OPA isn’t sure if the match will have a Tuesday or Wednesday start.
IPM had had talks with Renfrew and Dufferin Counties, and had met with several municipalities across Ontario to discuss the 2020 event.
The date isn’t likely to be the only change, Murray hinted.
“We’re looking at a whole lot of possibilities,” he said, as he discussed “modernization.” More on that will be shared when the OPA makes its official announcement at the OPA annual conference this weekend (April 5-7) at the Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre.
OPA marketing coordinator Richard Vivian said it was only just recently that the Ontario Plowman’s Association selected Kawartha Lakes.
While the tented city will take over the fairgrounds here, the plowing will take place at nearby farms.
Vivian said the locations of those venues were still being finalized
Vivian added there is no official local chairman of the event yet. While the city, he said is “very excited,” and the awarding of the event was announced at its recent Spotlight on Agriculture night, a few details are still being confirmed.
The OPA will have “to establish a local volunteer committee.”
The IPM was last held in Kawartha Lakes in 1992 and also visited here in 1970, 1948 and 1922.
Verner, West Nipissing, hosts the 2019 IPM from Sept. 17-21 and Murray said he believes the OPA is close to naming a site for the 2021 event.
Maple Leaf building in Indiana
April 8, 2019 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. plans to build a $310-million US plant-based protein food processing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana.
It says the facility will be the largest of its kind in North America and is part of Maple Leaf’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenleaf Foods, SPC.
Construction will start soon on the plant that will employ about 460 people when it is ready by late next year.
Maple Leaf will also invest approximately $26-million US to increase production in existing plants.
The new plant will double the company’s current production capacity and produce tempeh, franks, sausages and raw foods.
Meat processors talk pot
April 5, 2019 - “Evolving consumer demand will create a large market for cannabis edibles and meat alternative,” says the Ontario Independent Meat Processors which is planning a panel discussion on the opportunities during its upcoming Industry Day.
”With adequate safety measures, edibles present a hugely profitable opportunity for the Canadian food industry,” the association said about the event April 11 at the Double Tree Toronto Airport West hotel April 11. The registration deadline is April 5.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Maurizio Racco, from fudi Canada, and the panelists will be Chad Finkelstein of Dale and Lessman LLP, Tricia Ryan of CannTx and chef Andrew Frastacky.
New name for U of G business school
April 5, 2019 - The University of Guelph has adopted the name Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics in honour of the businessman whose son, Stu, was a coach of the university football team.
Stu and Kim Lang are giving the university $21 million, its largest gift ever, for the business school.
Gordon Lang founded and ran CCL (Conn Chem Ltd.) in Toronto which now employs more than 20,000 people in 40 countries.
University president president Franco Vaccarino said in a release the large donation "adds further prestige to our business programs and will help raise the profile of the school and the University to new national and international audiences."
Stu and Kim Lang live in Guelph. Stu played professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos before he joined the family business. He also served as head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons football team for six years and is still a team adviser.
Saudi Arabia announces Australian investment
April 5, 2019 - Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) Australia announced the acquisition of Baladjie Pty Ltd on Thursday April 4, 2019. Baladjie is an aggregation of over 200,000 hectares of farming in Western Australia’s wheatbelt that also carries a 40,000-head Merino sheep flock. The aggregation comprised John and Julie Nicoletti’s farming interests and other third-party options. The transaction closed today after receipt of non-objection approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).
Commenting on the deal, SALIC KSA CEO, Matthew Jansen, said: “The acquisition of Baladjie is an important step for SALIC as we continue to build our global footprint in a meaningful way. It is our first acquisition in Australia as well as our first investment in sheep production.”
SALIC’s Head of Production Agriculture Investments, William England, said that the local team will build on the legacy of John Nicoletti with plans to manage the livestock and grain production enterprise for the long term with a focus on sustainability, profitability, environmental responsibility and support for the local rural community.