November 2018
A reminder that registrations for Ontario Regional Priorities Partnership Program (ON-RP3) are due at 9.00 am EST on Monday Nov 12 th , 2018.

This is a new regional program that was launched by Ontario Genomics (OG), Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) and Genome Canada (GC) that will support proof-of-concept stage projects within Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector. ON-RP3 projects will enable co-led industry-academic partnerships that will deliver genomics-derived technologies, tools and processes to address industry-identified challenges and/or opportunities. The outcomes of these projects will help position teams for successful implementation within two years or less of project completion.

To ensure maximum impact, eligible research topics focus on the strategic priority areas identified in the sector strategy report, Genomics for Agriculture & Agri-Food: Ontario’s Strategic Opportunity.

Ontario Genomics also recently announced that a new round of Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) is now open. The GAPP funds public-private research collaborations focused on developing genomics-derived technologies that address opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits or other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and tools
A farmer-to-farmer approach to soil health
A Soil Health Certificate program is part of a new project to promote agri-environmental stewardship in Ontario. With the support of funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Ecological Farmers’ Association of Ontario (EFAO) is offering farmer-to-farmer based soil health training and mentorship.

“Soil is an extremely important component in a strong agri-food sector,” says Katie Baikie, Training and Resources Program Manager with EFAO. “This project builds on EFAO’s foundation of knowledge generation by farmers for farmers.”