April Workshops – On-Farm Food Safety & Irrigation

On-Farm Food Safety Workshop Monday April 18, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Johnson Township Community Centre (Desbarats Arena) Guest presenter: Colleen Haskins, Food Safety Programs Unit OMAFRA Come to this in-class session to hear about good agricultural practices to improve on-farm food safety and how you can apply these practices to your operation. For those interested, there will be …

Polyface Farms film screening on Tuesday April 19

Clean North, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will host a special Earth Week film screening of “Polyfaces” at 6:15 p.m. on April 19th at the Centennial Sault Ste. Marie Public Library (Downtown) media room. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Martti and Melanie Lemieux of Valleyfield Farm and David …

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RAIN Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

31 March 2016 at 19:00 Laird Hall, Pumpkin Point Road West, Echo Bay, ON   In Attendance: David Thompson (RAIN Project Coordinator), Christine O’Reilly (RAIN Research Technician), Dave Trivers (OMAFRA), Errol Caldwell (RAIN Co-Chair), Nadine Roach (Thessalon First Nation), Gord Hacker (Algoma Cattleman’s Association), Tamara Ashawasega (Thessalon First Nation), Melissa Watson (RAIN Infrastructure Coordinator), Shawn Heard (East Algoma Community Futures …

Profitable Pastures 2016 – Conference Call in Algoma

Theme: The Art of Good Pasture Management – “It Really Works!” Algoma District Services Administration Board Head Office Downstairs Boardroom 1 Collver Road Thessalon Wednesday, March 9th from 10:00am – 3:00pm $20.00 per person, includes lunch. This years’ keynote speaker is Juan Alvez.  Juan comes from a two – generation pasture – based family farm in Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained …

2016 Agriculture & Food Symposium

Tools for Resilience The third annual RAIN Agriculture & Food Symposium will be held at the Bruce Station Community Hall Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th, 2016. This year’s symposium will focus on three distinct areas related to longevity and resilience on and within your farm: – Succession Planning and budgeting with Len Davies – Testing Feasibility of New …

SouthWest Agricultural Conference 2016 Webcast

Wednesday, January 6th, 2015. 9:00am to 5:00pm. “The Southwest Agricultural Conference is one of Ontario’s premier agricultural educational conferences. The conference began 75 years ago as “Farmers Week” providing producers in Southwestern Ontario with educational information.The conference attracts expert agricultural industry speakers and researchers from across North America.  Internationally respected agricultural leaders address topics ranging from field crop management to …

Upcoming Event:

Strategic Grazing Systems Workshop with Ben Bartlett This half day workshop will provide participants with new ideas for their grazing systems and further develop knowledge and skills to make their grazing programs more effective. Three presentations will be given with grazing expert Ben Bartlett on the following topics: · Secrets of successful grazing for productivity & profit · Putting a …

Northeastern Meat System Discussion

You’re invited to a discussion in cooperation for a stronger meat sector in the region Eat Local Sudbury in cooperation with OMAFRA and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network, will be hosting in person and via webinar discussion on the status of the meat system in North Eastern Ontario, what can be done to address barriers to growth and to learn from …

Algoma Harvest Showcase

The inaugural Algoma Harvest Showcase presented by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and Algoma Table will take place October 5-11, 2015. During Algoma Harvest Showcase local restaurants will create unique autumn dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms. This summer, RAIN launched an online marketplace called Algoma Table for farms to sell local food to restaurants, retailers and food service …