ONFARM Program Highlights Successful First Year

Posted 12 April, 2021

The On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring (ONFARM) program is a four-year, applied research initiative delivered by OSCIA on behalf of OMAFRA to support soil health and water quality research across farms in Ontario. This program is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The ONFARM program encompasses extensive soil health and water quality analysis on 33 sites on working farms across southern Ontario. This network of sites and established partnerships with ONFARM cooperators will help to build a stronger understanding of best management practices (BMPs) and their effects on soil health and water quality on Ontario agricultural lands. OSCIA is very excited with the progress made in the first year of the program.

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ONFARM Program Highlights Successful First Year

OSCIA Hosts Four Events Across Ontario to Share ONFARM Project Plans

Posted 20 November, 2020

OSCIA held four successful meet-and-greet events at ONFARM cooperator sites in September and October in eastern, central and southern Ontario. ONFARM cooperator farmers, project partners, government staff, and members of ONFARM’s Technical Working Group (TWG) and Stakeholder Engagement Working Group (SEWG) attended. Events were held outdoors to allow for physical distancing. Staff from Guelph-based Soil Resource Group (SRG) provided demonstrations, which included soil core profiles, explanations of soil health measurements and cover crop mixes and benefits. There were excellent discussions, culminating in a lot of questions, answers and considerations on how to preserve and improve soil health and water quality on Ontario farms. 

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OSCIA Hosts Four Events Across Ontario to Share ONFARM Project Plans

ONFARM Cooperator Sites Established Across Ontario

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Partners With Farmers Across Southern Ontario to Conduct Soil Health and Water Quality Research

Posted 8 October, 2020

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is pleased to announce the establishment of all ONFARM cooperator farm sites. The ONFARM program will complete extensive soil health and water quality analysis on 32 farm sites from across southern Ontario. This network of sites and newly established partnerships will help to build a stronger understanding of best management practices (BMPs) and their effect on soil health and water quality on Ontario farmland. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), the delivery agent for the ONFARM Program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), is pleased to have achieved this major program milestone over the course of spring and summer 2020. 

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ONFARM Cooperator Sites Established Across Ontario

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