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External Agriculture Resources

Listowel Agricultural Society

The Listowel Agricultural Society strives to showcase the best this area has to offer. A key event of the Agricultural Society is the Listowel Fair. Started in 1856, the Listowel Fair has something for everyone! Whether its livestock, the midway, homecraft exhibits, agricultural education, entertainment, tractor pulls or the demolition derby, the Listowel Fair has it all!  Held annually on the 3rd weekend in July, the Listowel Fair is a must to attend as the ‘Town & Country Meet!’

Perth County Federation of Agriculture

The Perth County Federation of Agriculture (PCFA) is comprised of volunteer farm industry leaders from Perth County who work to represent the needs of this unique rural hub. By creating opportunities to meet with legislative representatives and agricultural experts, the PCFA strive to provide practical solutions to legislative issues facing farmers today as well as create a dialogue with policy makers.

Farm & Food Care Ontario

Farm & Food Care Ontario is a registered Canadian charity and whole-sector coalition made up of representatives from all farming types and associated businesses and positions itself as the helpful expert on Ontario agriculture. Farm & Food Care Ontario brings farmers, agricultural professionals, related businesses, government organizations and other groups together with a mandate to build public trust in food and farming in Ontario and across Canada. Sister organizations, Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan and Farm & Food Care P.E.I, follow a similar mandate in each respective province. Both organizations collaborate on national initiatives.

Huron-Perth Junior Farmers

A community betterment club for young adults ranging in age from 15-29, interested in ag awareness, developing skills, and participating in global opportunities.

Perth County 4-H Association

With roots in rural Ontario, today 4-H Ontario is open to all youth across the province of all backgrounds.  In 4-H, youth ages 6-21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and nation and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more.  4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable leadership and life skills.

Listowel Farm & Maker Market

Bi-weekly market hosted in the summer outside the Listowel Agricultural Hall.

Information & Learning

  • Production Guides for common and specialty crops & livestock
  • Farm & Agrifood Business Planning Reference Documents
  • Provincial Agricultural Regulations

https://www.publications.gov.on.ca/browse-catalogues/agricultural-publications

  • Technical information publications
  • Soil & Water Protection
  • Farm Planning & Decision-Making
  • Productivity, business objectives and the environment

OMAFRA Best Management Practices

  • Not-for-profit organization delivering educational workshops, research, and incentive programs to the farm community.
  • Environmental Farm Plan Workshops
  • Biosecurity Webinars
  • Industry-specific resources & calculators

https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/#

Nutrient Management- OMAFRA

Resources on managing manure, biosolids and other organic material, including siting, storage, handling, anaerobic digestion and more. 

Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) - OMAFRA

Learn how to determine the recommended separation distance between a livestock barn, manure storage or anaerobic digester and other land uses. 

For a full list of Nutrient Management Consultants Across Ontario, visit  https://www.nutrientmanagement.ca/directories/nutrient-management-consultants/

  • Provincial board governing disputes regarding agricultural operations and to determine what constitutes a normal farm practice
  • Aims to balance the needs of the agricultural community with provincial health, safety and environmental concerns

Visit the webpage.

Farm & Agri-Food Assistance Opportunities

  • Web-based discovery too to help producers and others in the agriculture and Agri-business sector find relevant grant opportunities & information resources
  • Filters available resources by sector, location, and type of assistance

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  • Find business support programs available to all businesses, including farms & agribusiness

Canada.ca - Business Benefits Finder

Rebates and incentives for certain farm practices available to FCC customers. 

FCC Sustainability Incentive Programs

Available energy efficiency incentives through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

SaveOnEnergy Agriculture Incentives

  • Cost-share funding to support Ontario farmers in implementing best management and sustainability practices on their farms
  • Delivers programs on behalf of both provincial and federal governments

Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association Cost-Share Programs

  • Industry-led not-for-profit organization delivering programs aimed at Ontario’s agriculture and food industries
  • Program lead for various provincial and federal programs

Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC)

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Innovation Advisors: Contact for in-person business advice (Joel- Waterloo)
  • Targeted Advice and Assistance to help bring your innovative product, service, or process to life

Federal Innovation Advisers- ISED Canada

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