Assessment and mitigation of agricultural conflicts involving sandhill cranes.

The Canadian Wildlife Service (part of Environment and Climate Change Canada) and the University of Waterloo will be conducting year 2 of its study on Sandhill Cranes and how their movements relate to agricultural land uses. Information from this study is vital to understanding the nature of conflicts between Sandhill Cranes and agricultural producers and how those conflicts can be …

Help us understand how COVID-19 impacts Northern Ag

Understanding the impact and mitigation strategies of the COVID-19 outbreak on the agricultural sector in Northern Ontario In Northern Ontario, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a disruption of food demand, labour and supply chains. Agri-businesses face numerous pandemic-induced challenges including labour shortages and limited marketplaces. A collaboration of organizations including the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), University of Guelph, Northern …

RAIN announces critical COVID-19 Recovery Fund

As COVID-19 continues to impact all sectors of the local and regional economy, a new funding program has been introduced to respond to meet the challenges of expanding the agri-economy in northern Ontario.  The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), is pleased to announce the new Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program COVID-19 Recovery Fund.  …

Understanding the impact and mitigation strategies of the COVID-19 outbreak on the agricultural sector in Northeastern Ontario

Project summary In Northeastern Ontario, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in heightened consumer demand for locally grown and produced foods. Meeting this demand is proving difficult as agri-businesses face numerous pandemic-induced challenges including labour shortages and limited retail marketplaces. Despite these challenges, many agri-businesses are finding innovative ways to facilitate consumer access to their products, including leveraging social media, enhancing …

Spring RAIN Update

Algoma Agriculture Sector Labour & Skills Development Survey Harvest Algoma, a division of United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma, is conducting the Algoma Agriculture Sector Development Project. Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Train and Skills Development in partnership with RAIN, AWIC, CDC of Sault Ste Marie and East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation.   The project is focused …

Algoma Lost Apple Project

In late November 2019, St. Joseph Island resident Sheila Campbell received a link to an article reporting on a study that had been done by a graduate student at the University of Guelph. The article revealed a study of “feral” apple trees for possible use in the cider industry. The very next day, fellow St. Joseph Island resident Maria Smith …

COVID-19 SSMIC/RAIN Update

SSMIC/RAIN- Still available when you need us Quebec Maple Tour- Postponed  RAIN has decided to postpone the May 2020 Quebec Maple Tour until further notice due to the Coronavirus disease. All SSM Innovation Centre events are being cancelled or deferred until further notice in accordance with requirements with public and safety requirements. We will continue to assess the situation and …

Bring Food Home Policy Paper

The first of four Bring Food Home 2019 Regional Conferences took place on October 10th in both Ottawa and Algoma via video conference, with Just Food and Algoma regional partners including Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Algoma Public Health, Johnson Farmers’ Market and Harvest Algoma United Way of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District, co-hosting a province-wide panel and discussion on …

Malting Barley-2019 Update

Northern Ontario has a similar climate to western Canada and is a promising location for malting barley production. However, the grain needs appropriate management practices to meet the strict quality requirements for brewing. Since growing conditions vary across northern Ontario, research on varieties and nutrient management techniques are essential to allow farmers to anticipate yields and returns for their farms. …

Northern Food Distribution Network- Call for Proposals

Pilot Projects – Call for Proposals Tell the Northern Food Distribution Network about your food distribution solution! Through the community consultation process for the NFDN (Northern Food Distribution Network) Action Plan, it was identified that the network could support communities and organizations to address their food distribution challenges with solutions created by those experiencing these challenges.   The goal of the …