During RAIN’s pilot (2013-2015), our research priorities were:
Testing varieties of oilseeds, biomass crops, and specialty grains in the Algoma District to encourage crop portfolio diversification.
Research and economic analysis of innovative pasture management tools and techniques to aid livestock producers in efficient resource use, building infrastructure, and mitigating the risks of extreme climatic events.
Research and development that focuses on the coordination of agricultural services, and markets for local food and agricultural products.
Resource and Data Collection
Providing access to relevant information on a timely basis to help foster innovation and bring best practices to the region.
|2015||2017||Keyline plowing for improved forage production and climate change resilience||Growing Forward 2, Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association, ScotiaBank|
|2015||2017||Nutritional value and integration of hybrid willow and poplar as fodder for sheep||Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, Regen Forestry|
|2015||2017||Diversification strategy of Thessalon First Nation Biocentre||Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation|
|2015||2016||Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh.
(In partnership with Algoma Food Network, Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre)
|Members of Buy Algoma Buy Fresh, OMAFRA’s Local Food Fund, East Algoma Community Futures Development Fund, Algoma Public Health|
|2015||2015||Eat Algoma Local Food Festival||ScotiaBank, Foodland Ontario, Dawson & Keenan, Loplops Lounge, Algoma Power, CTV, Holiday Inn, Lock City Dairies, Slow Food SSM, St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters, Case’s Music, Algoma Cattlemen’s Association, Algoma Dairy Farmers’ Association|
|2015||2015||Soybean variety strip demonstration trial|
|2015||2015||Economic comparison of growing canola and horse hay|
|2015||2015||Market garden assessment of organic fertilizers|
|2014||2017||Pasture improvement demonstration and assessment||Growing Forward 2, Boreal Agrominerals, Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation, Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste Marie, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Plummer Additional Township|
|2014||2016||Bobolink habitat and hay nutrition project||Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affiars, Ontario soil & Crop Improvement Association|
|2014||2015||Season extension forage production – fodder corn & forage sorghum|
|2014||2014||Crop variety trials – flax, camelina|
|2014||2014||Soybean response to sulphur, potassium, and phosphorus applications|
|2013||2014||Local consumer preferences survey||Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities|
|2013||2014||Agricultural biomass – economic analysis & field trials||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Adaptation Council, Algoma Soil & Crop Improvement Association|
|2013||2014||Late-season no-till winter crops – fall rye, winter wheat, camelina, and switchgrass|
|2013||2013||Quinoa variety trial|
|2012||2013||Crop rotation options for canola production in Algoma District
(In cooperation with the Antunes Plant and Soil Ecology Lab at Algoma University)
|Agricultural Adaptation Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Cooks Station Corporation, Algoma Federation of Agriculture, Township of Plummer Additional, Algoma University – Biology Department|
|2010||2013||Speckled alder regeneration study||East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation, Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste Marie|