2022 ONFARM Forum

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022        Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Join OSCIA on Thursday, February 10, 2022, for the second annual ONFARM Forum!

The virtual ONFARM Forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest on-farm findings in support of soil health and water quality, as well as the successes and challenges in the second year of the program. OSCIA is thrilled to welcome Dr. Joshua Faulkner of the University of Vermont Extension as this year’s keynote speaker! 

On-Farm Water Quality Research and Networking for Climate Resiliency

Dr. Joshua Faulkner, University of Vermont

Dr. Joshua Faulkner is a Research Assistant Professor for the University of Vermont Extension. He has coordinated the Farming and Climate Change Program in UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture since 2013. He does applied research, outreach, and education on soil, water, and nutrient-related issues across the state and works with farmers on practices and innovative solutions to improve the management of these resources and enhance farm resilience to climate change. His focus spans across all agricultural sectors, and from the farmstead to the watershed scale. 

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdOGqrT8pG9RufCzOXjDJ8O_1UGHEIUxZ   

The Forum is free to attend and will take place virtually via Zoom. Hear from the ONFARM farmer cooperators about their experiences with best management practices and applied research, as well as researchers from OSCIA, Soil Resource Group, Conservation Authorities, University of Guelph and more. 

The Forum will also include two (30 minute) concurrent sessions where attendees can take a deeper dive into soil health or water quality through case studies from ONFARM cooperator sites. The concurrent sessions will be recorded and posted here, so you do not have to worry about missing out on the latest research and agronomic discussions.

Agenda 

TIME
ACTIVITY 
9:00 a.m. 

Welcome 

Speakers:

  • Angela Straathof, Programs Director, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)
  • Kelly McAslan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, OMAFRA

9:15 a.m. 

Keynote: On-Farm Water Quality Research and Networking for Climate Resiliency

  • Joshua Faulkner, Research Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Extension
9:45 a.m. 

Highlights from ONFARM’s Second Year

Moderator:

  • Bronwynne Wilton, Principal & Lead Consultant, Wilton Consulting Group (WCG)

Speakers:

  • Angela Straathof, Programs Director, OSCIA
  • Don King, Research Agronomist and Principal, The Soil Resource Group (SRG)
  • Wanhong Yang, Professor & Chair, Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, University of Guelph
  • Craig Irwin, Agricultural Soil & Water Quality Technician, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
10:10 a.m.  Break
10:20 a.m. 

Concurrent Sessions: A Deeper Dive

Concurrent Session A: ONFARM Soil Health Case Studies

Panelists:

  • Adam Hayes, SRG
  • Margaret Ribey, Natural Resource Scientist, SRG
  • Tyler McBlain, Farmer & ONFARM Cooperator
  • Ed Roodzant, Farmer & ONFARM Cooperator

Concurrent Session B: ONFARM Edge-of-Field Water Quality Case Studies

Moderator:

  • Chris Van Esbroeck, Stewardship Services Coordinator, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Panelists:

  • Henry DeNotter, Farmer ONFARM Cooperator
  • Katie Stammler, Source Water Protection Project Manager, Essex Region Conservation Authority
10:55 a.m. 

Key Takeaways from Concurrent Sessions

Moderator:

  • Bronwynne Wilton, Principal & Lead Consultant, WCG

Speakers:

  • Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds Manager, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
  • Woody Van Arkel, Farmer; Chair, Ontario Soil Network & ONFARM Stakeholder Engagement Working Group Member
11:05 a.m.  ONFARM Announcements
11:20 a.m. 

Panel Discussion: Leveraging the Benefits of On-farm Research

Moderator:

  • Bronwynne Wilton, Principal & Lead Consultant, WCG

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Doelman, Farmer & ONFARM Cooperator
  • Joshua Faulkner, Research Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Extension
  • Norm Lamothe, Farmer & ONFARM Cooperator
11:50 a.m. 

Closing Remarks

  • Nick Stokman, Farmers & ONFARM Cooperator

We are excited to share more about ONFARM’s progress to date and where the program is going next!

Questions? Contact ONFARM@ontariosoilcrop.org 

This program is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. 


Missed the 2021 ONFARM Forum? View the Summary Report or recordings of the sessions below. 

2021 ONFARM Forum Summary Report

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The Summary Report outlines the engaging discussions during the Forum and highlights the main takeaways from the event. The Report also suggests how ONFARM stakeholders can build on the enthusiasm for on-farm research to facilitate increased collaboration and knowledge transfer throughout the agricultural industry.


  Below are recordings of the presentations from the 2021 ONFARM Forum, which took place on February 10, 2021. For anyone who was unable to attend the Forum, please view the recorded content available on this page and share the video links so others can benefit from the knowledge shared during the event.

ONFARM Forum Introduction and Keynote Presentation

Due to technical difficulties, the audio for the first three slides could not be recorded.


Highlights from ONFARM’s First Year


ONFARM Rapid Research Pitches & Moderated Discussion


On-Farm Research Panel Discussion: Triumphs and Tribulations

2020 ONFARM Stakeholder Workshop Summary

On February 25, 2020, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) hosted over 80 participants representing more than 40 organizations and farms at the initial Stakeholder Workshop to launch the ONFARM program.

Read the full report HERE