Provincial research funds open to farmers


Agri-food research is getting a boost, from a $6.52 million injection into more than 40 research projects across the province.

Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario government and the University of Guelph, funded research projects underway include:

Enhancing integrated pest management for leaf diseases in onions

Using breeding and genomic approaches to develop disease-resistant soybeans for Ontario’s changing environment

Identifying market conditions for small scale on-farm anaerobic digestion to produce biogas or nutrient-rich fertilizer

Improving outcomes for Ontario apple producers though precision agriculture and labour efficiency strategies

Digital mapping of soil carbon and nutrients in the Great Clay Belt to better understand effects of land conversion on agricultural practices

Establishing a baseline for provincial soil properties that will support better soil health assessments

Assessing herbicidal tolerance of cover crops during years with adverse weather

Improving food rescue and recovery in the province’s industrial, commercial and institutional sectors

Investigating noise impacts of grain dryers on neighbouring land uses

Examining the current state of drainage infrastructure in Ontario.

“The research we’re investing in is vital to helping Ontario’s hardworking farmers and food businesses remain competitive and profitable,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Now, more than ever, we need to support innovative solutions that improve production practices, protect our environment and stimulate growth in our agri-food sector.”

“University of Guelph researchers proudly and enthusiastically generate powerful innovations through their world-class research, escalating the competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector in the global marketplace,” said Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research). “As Guelph researchers have done for nearly a century and a half, we’re making profoundly important discoveries, creating positively impactful innovations, fuelling an economic powerhouse, and reinforcing the production of safe, dependable, sustainable, and nutritious food.”

All research projects are supported by strategies to ensure Ontario’s agri-food sector can benefit from the new knowledge, technologies and solutions developed through provincially funded research.