Technical Reports

The 2021 Technical Report is released at the midpoint of the On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring (ONFARM) Program. The objective of the Technical Report is to summarize the ONFARM research program and the best management practices (BMPs) being monitored, describe the data being collected, highlight technical achievements, and present preliminary results. Technical reports for ONFARM are released annually.

Read the full report here: 2021 Technical Report

Read the past report here: 2020 Technical Report

Data Management Plan

OSCIA and ONFARM service providers will collect several types of data throughout the life of the program. Data will largely be collected from working farms across the province by several participating organizations. It will be used and shared by several project partners and a selection of data will be made available to the broader agricultural industry and the public. The objective of the ONFARM Data Management Plan (DMP) is to ensure that all ONFARM data is being collected, shared and used in a uniform and responsible manner. The ONFARM Data Management Plan (DMP) will:

  • Identify key organizations and stakeholders involved in data storage, sharing, and management
  • Outline the types of data collected and their collection methods
  • Describe how data will be stored and by whom
  • Govern how ONFARM will use and share data

Read the full report here: Data Management Plan

Outreach and Engagement Strategy

The goals are derived from the short, medium, and long-term outcomes of the strategy. The engagement and outreach strategy activities focus on:

  1. Sharing evidence-based and practical solutions to advance farmers’ knowledge and implementation of BMPs suitable for improving soil health and mitigating nutrient losses to the environment within the Ontario context. Information should be accessible to encourage adoption. Innovative BMPs will be encouraged to advance soil health and water quality outcomes.
  2. Sharing the successes, challenges and strategies of soil health trailblazers in an environment where farmers and advisors can gain knowledge and become comfortable trying new practices.
  3. Improving collaboration between farmers, crop advisors, researchers, and other non-traditional partners to build strong and effective working relationships. These collaborations will facilitate additional access to information and support for farmers making decisions to enhance water quality and soil health.
  4. Elevating the profile of ONFARM to generate opportunities for long-term soil health and water quality BMP research via external funding opportunities and increase shared ownership between government and industry for advancing stewardship related to on-farm applied research and monitoring activities.
  5. Demonstrating to producers, advisors and a broad audience of agricultural stakeholders the measured and demonstrated progress toward Great Lakes phosphorus reduction commitments. This work will also include BMP performance data analysis, modelling and cost-benefit analysis.

Read the full report here: 2021 Outreach and Engagement Strategy

Read the past report here: 2020 Outreach and Engagement Strategy