Rural Ontario's Youth Engagement Showcase
If you know of young leaders that are taking charge and tackling important local issues in your community, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) would like to hear from you.
Starting November 28, 2016, and running until February 28, 2017, the opportunity is open to nominate an engaged rural youth - or young adult (under 29) - from your community to be profiled in the Rural Ontario Institute's Youth Engagement Showcase.
Through this initiative ROI is looking to:
1. Profile compelling stories of youth engagement
2. Highlight the impact youth can have in their local communities
3. Demonstrate how communities of all shapes and sizes, are successfully engaging and       supporting youth in addressing local challenges. 
Economic Development
First Impressions Community Exchange - Program Updated
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OMAFRA has updated its First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) Program.

The FICE is a highly effective and fun community assessment process that provides an opportunity for communities to gain a fresh perspective of how they are seen through the eyes of first-time visitors, potential business investors, or potential new residents.  It helps identify priorities that lead to the development of action plans to improve a community's ability to attract tourists, investments, businesses and create jobs.

There are three FICE assessment options available for communities; the entire community (full picture), the downtown and tourism.

Economic Developers Council of Ontario - Annual Conference and Showcase
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Economic Developers Council of Ontario 2017 Conference is an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and colleagues on critical issues facing economic developers. 
This year's Conference addresses an essential theme, Ontario's Economy...Driven by Innovation. The program features keynote presentations by distinguished experts and relevant, highly-practical and interactive workshops focussed on real-world challenges that are designed to spark new ideas, inspiration and energy.

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Economic Developers Council of Ontario - Investors' Guide
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The  EDCO Investors' Guide   helps connect investors with resources and opportunities that can assist in reaching business goals. The guide includes:  
  • A profile of the Province of Ontario, including industry, demographic and climate information;
  • Investment opportunities highlighting key growth markets;
  • Success stories, showcasing how Ontario's commitment to innovation has helped companies succeed; and 
  • Information outlining government programs and resources, as well as educational institutions that can help investors partner for success. 
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Agriculture Development
Call Before You Cut!
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Municipalities are responsible for developing their own by-laws. Your municipality may have passed by-laws that determine if you can remove a tree from your land or woodlot. These by-laws may include conditions that affect how you carry out the work, including the need for a qualified professional and/or a permit to complete the work.
Tree protection by-laws and the requirement for permits, including the types of conditions within them, can differ between municipalities. Save yourself from costly fines or legal fees - talk to your municipality first before removing trees. In areas where there is an upper-tier municipality, you may need to talk to both the upper-tier and the lower- tier municipality.

Find out what Global Food Safety Initiative Schemes Work Best for your Business
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Join the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' new webinars to learn what Global Food Safety Initiative ( GFSI) food safety schemes work best for your business.
Learn first-hand from GFSI representatives and scheme owners about the key aspects of featured schemes.
Registration is FREE but space is limited

Nutrient Application: Timing Matters
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There's a right time for everything.
Every year, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) receives calls about winter manure spreading. Long, cold winters that come after a wet fall and/or late harvest tend to make winter spreading more common. However, spreading on frozen or snow covered ground, on saturated soil or before major rain events is not a good practice, even if manure storages are full.
Visit our website to find our factsheet, "Winter Application of Manure and Other Agricultural Source Materials," and other resources to help you with storages, contingency planning and knowing the right time to apply. 

Five Eco-Scholars will be chosen for the 2017 Guelph Organic Conference
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The Eco-Scholarship program, first run in 2004, is back again for 2017.

If you are a registered student at a high school, recognized nutrition school, community college or university (undergrad or grad), and are interested in organics, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each Eco-Scholar receives:
  • A $500 Honorarium
  • An Organic Food & Wine Dinner Ticket
  • A Keynote Forum Ticket
  • Workshop Passes for Saturday & Sunday
  • Incredible networking experiences with fellow Eco-Scholars, the Eco-Scholar coordinator, sponsors and others.
The deadline for applications is December 23, 2016 .

AALP Class 17 Recruitment
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The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is now accepting applications for Class 17 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP), with the introduction of an online application form .
AALP is designed to provide current and emerging leaders in Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sectors and rural communities the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the forces shaping agriculture and rural Ontario.
ROI is accepting applications until March 17, 2017. ,

Dateline: online calendar for events, workshops and conferences

OMAFRA Contact Centre 1-877-424-1300