Tax Credit for Ontario Farmers who Donate Fresh Food


Established in 2014, the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers, gives farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate. Community food programs, like the student nutrition program, also benefit by receiving more fresh local food for distribution to Ontario families.

This credit helps to ensure that more locally grown food ends up on people’s plates, and that includes the people who need it most in our communities.

To get the credit, you must:

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Berry Bulletin Sept 22, 2016

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June bearing strawberries– Leaf diseases such as powdery mildew, angular leaf spot, leaf scorch and common leaf spot often build up in August and September.  A second fungicide can be applied now to susceptible varieties to keep these diseases in check. If angular leaf spot is the problem, choose Tivano or Copper 53 W.

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Harvest Issue of the Orchard Network Newsletter is Now Online



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Don’t have (a) BREAK DOWN

The fall rains have initiated sour rot breakdown of thin-skinned varieties.  As berries swell, they start to pull away from the rachis or become squeezed by their neighbours and split, allowing the acetic acid bacteria and yeast to grow and wreak havoc on the crop.  Add wasps to the mix, with mouthparts capable of puncturing berry skins to extract the sweet insides.  To confound the problem, vinegar flies can transmit the bacteria and yeast from infected berries whether they are on the vine or on the ground in the vineyard.

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Stink Bug Alert!

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Hannah Fraser, Entomologist – Horticulture, OMAFRA – Guelph Vegetable and fruit growers should be on the look-out for signs of stink bugs in their fields and orchards. In the last few weeks, we have visited apple…

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Clean Farms Ontario


Return your unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock medications from September 20-30, 2016



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