research and innovation

Oilseeds find industrial niches

Grain and oilseed crops like soybeans and canola are increasingly starting to replace traditional petroleum-based product ingredients, lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and creating new market opportunities for growers. One market that is growing rapidly is that of bio-based lubricants and industrial fluids, which includes everything from hydraulic and transmission fluids to greases, […]

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Meeting consumer demands for marbled pork

Consumers are looking for the full flavour of marbled pork and work is now underway to bring such products to the Ontario market. Ontario Pork has taken the lead in working with farmers, retailers and processors to determine the level of marbling consumers want, evaluate different swine genetics and feeding regimens and assess the quality […]

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New Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre in Guelph

Guelph’s Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre is the only one of its kind in the country – and it’s being watched closely by other jurisdictions interested in boosting their efforts in this area. Although there are many research parks, the ATCC is the only one that houses organizations dedicated to market development and expansion and new company […]

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Farmers fuel Formula One

There’s power in biofuel! The Ferrari team finished one-two at the opening Formula One Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain over the weekend. Sure, that’s sports news, but what also makes this feed, fuel and farm news is that these race cars were powered by an experimental biofuel made from Eastern Ontario wheat straw.

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Teats and tweets

A unique project brings daily activities of milking cows to new media tool Twitter. This article appears in this month’s Ontario Dairy Farmer magazine and is the full length version of shorter blog article I posted here a couple of weeks ago. They’re an unlikely team – a new media researcher in Waterloo, an English […]

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Soybeans in motor oils and lubricants

As demand for “green” products increases, more and more technologies and opportunities for bio-based products are emerging alongside to meet those needs. Crops like corn, wheat and soybeans are starting to replace traditional petroleum-based ingredients in these new bio-products, making them easier on the environment and lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. They’re also […]

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The great Internet divide

The Internet has become inextricably intertwined with my daily life – to the point where I can’t image living without it and have a hard time remembering the days when I did. High speed internet access is something I’ve pretty much taken for granted, having always lived and worked in urban areas since it became […]

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Feeding the world without destroying it?

By 2025, farmers need to double their food output to feed an estimated global population of eight billion. That’s a startling statistic and what it means is something we all need to start thinking about. I came across it in a report on the Colorado Ag Classic, a convention of Colorado wheat, seed, corn, sunflower […]

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Can soybeans be the solution to potholes?

Imagine a world where pavement doesn’t disintegrate and potholes don’t exist. Imagine a product that can reduce the negative environmental impact of asphalt, cut costs for cash-strapped municipalities and offer new market opportunities for farmers. Some might consider this a utopian dream, but thanks to a new asphalt preservation product, this dream could soon be […]

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Farmers’ environmental commitment evident in program funding demand

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) has long been a popular program but when the annual cost-share funding for 2009 was fully allocated in just over two months, program representatives were both surprised and pleased at the demand. One of the things driving the uptake of cost-share is the awareness that is developed through the EFP […]

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Making farming exciting and cool

It’s modern, innovative and exciting – words we all try to associate with agriculture when we talk to the public about what we do and where our food comes from.

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What’s in season – it’s very berry strawberry time!

The following is part of an ongoing series of posts tracking Ontario’s foods and what’s currently in season. After what seemed like an endlessly cool and wet spring, the arrival of summer in Ontario also means the long awaited start of strawberry season. It’s an eagerly anticipated time of year in Ontario – one that […]

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Fuel from wheat straw at the pumps in Ottawa

A gas station in Ottawa is the first in the world to sell fuel made with wheat straw, says a major petroleum company. Shell announced that this blended fuel includes 10% biofuel made from wheat stalks – known as cellulosic ethanol.

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New corn to be better for environment

Corn uses too much water and too much fertilizer to produce, its critics often charge, making it a bad environmental choice. Yet millions of people around the world depend on corn as a staple of life –  as food for themselves, as feed for their livestock and as a renewable fuel alternative. And that demand […]

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Making a green industry greener

It has a long and proud history – and now, seemingly, also an exciting future that may help make a green industry even greener by solving some major issues facing Canada’s horticultural sector. The new Vineland Research and Commercialization Centre is what is evolving out of the old horticulture research station once run by the […]

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