Agri-Food Research

Overview

The OFA believes that agri-food research is a critical tool for Ontario farmers, providing new technologies and practices that improve agricultural productivity, develop new agricultural products, and sustain Ontario's soil, air, and water resources. OFA's role is to help advocate for greater investment in agri-food research, in terms of direct public investment in Ontario agri-food research infrastructure as well as incentives/support to private sector research and development. Note that while OMAFRA funding for agri-food research has been declining over the last five years, there are increasingly other sources of public support available to Ontario agri-food research institutions (i.e., Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, Genome Canada).

These funds place an emphasis on developing integrated project proposals between university and industry partnerships. OMAFRA funding for agri-food research through the University of Guelph agreement has decreased over the last five years. Where funding has been increased, it has been channeled through Healthy Futures and other project-specific or special research funds. Greater investments in both UG support and project-based funding arrangements should be increased to ensure that research needed to address farm-specific and public good research is undertaken.

Sub Issues

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA comments on Recruiting Ontario's First Chief Science Officer
(March 27, 2017)

OFA comments on Developing a National Strategy to Safeguard Plant and Animal Health in Canada
(December 23, 2016)

OFA letter regarding the next APF Phase 1 Consultations
(July 29, 2016)

OFA submission regarding Northern Ag Strategy
(June 29, 2016)

OFA Pre-budget Submission to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
(January 22, 2016)


Additional Information

Key Agriculture Priorities for Federal Politicians
(May 18, 2016)

Getting Down to Business: How ISO 14001 Works in the Farm Environment - Pilot Project
(May 19, 2011)

Cuts to OMAFRA Advisory/Technology Transfer Services
(January 17, 2000)


News

AAFC cuts signal shaky ground for Canadian research innovations
(May 17, 2013 - Agri-Food Research)

Setting an agenda for farming and food in Ontario
(April 26, 2013 - Farm Animal Care, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Taxation, Drainage)

Research projects offer farmer-made solutions for the sector
(June 21, 2013 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Agri-Food Research, Bioeconomy)

Study shows value of Ontario’s agri-food economy
(November 15, 2013 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Health Care, Education, Transportation)

Kemptville College closure disappointing for Ontario agriculture
(March 14, 2014 - Agri-Food Research, Education)

The provincial budget is now an election platform
(May 2, 2014 - Agri-Food Research, Education, Business Risk Management, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Food and farming industry call for candidates to debate issues
(May 15, 2014 - Agri-Food Research)

Vote for agriculture on October 19
(October 2, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Federal budget gives nod to agriculture
(April 24, 2015 - Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Wanted: Chief Science Officer that understands ag
(March 24, 2017 - Agri-Food Research, Environmental)

OFA: Talking about agriculture with federal candidates
(August 7, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Telecommunications, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA takes top member concerns to politicians
(April 2, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Federal budget delivers for Ontario farmers
(March 24, 2016 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Telecommunications, Climate Change)

Diversified agri-food sector to drive northern growth
(July 14, 2016 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Beginning Farmer Programming, Transportation, Local Food, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

OFA takes agri-food issues to the Hill
(April 15, 2016 - Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, National Food Strategy®)

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture
(April 28, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Energy, Education, Business Risk Management, Transportation, Telecommunications, Income Tax, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)


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