Growers see demonstrations of ag robotics technologies at Ontario Crops Research Centre - Simcoe

A demonstration of automation and ag robotics attracted about 170 fruit and vegetable growers to the Ontario Crops Research Centre – Simcoe in early July. 

“The day was a chance to showcase new technologies that solve problems in the ag industry,” said Torin Boyle, site manager at the centre. “It’s a partnership between the Ag Robotics Working Group, Western Fair District, and the University of Guelph.”

U of G propelling a tech-driven agri-food future

Autonomous robot cultivators to free up workers, digital soil diagnostics to mitigate carbon emissions, and machine learning to help pinpoint plant genetics: these are a few of the new technologies that U of G researchers are moving from the laboratory into the field.

Read more about how technological innovation will help ensure a successful and sustainable future for the Ontario agri-food sector: U of G Propelling a Tech-Driven Agri-Food Future

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U of G pitch competition highlights Ontario’s agri-tech talent, technology

Greenhouse and vertical farming technology came out on top among five entries in this year’s Ontario Agri-Tech Pitch Competition.

Interius Farms won the competition, in which five Ontario-based innovative early-stage start-ups pitched their products to a panel of investors on June 20.

The event was organized by the University of Guelph’s Research Innovation Office in collaboration with the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance.

Alliance-funded project promotes soil health

How are healthy soils good for business? The team at Soils at Guelph asks Ontario farmers how investing in soil health practices is economically beneficial for the farm. Explore five engaging episodes highlighting soil health reminders about minimizing disturbance, year-round roots, building organic matter, keeping it covered, and diversifying your rotations.

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Ontario invests $7M in U of G research

U of G-led research delivers agri-food innovation

Engineering a robot to harvest tomatoes, making microplastic-free green composites and using responsible artificial intelligence are among more than 40 University of Guelph agri-food research projects receiving more than $7 million in new funding from the Government of Ontario.

This funding will support U of G research that delivers solutions for Ontario’s farmers, agribusinesses and rural communities

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Alliance advances cybersecurity in the dairy sector

A slow-burning conversation ignited this spring as researchers, technology companies and agri-food experts came together through multiple events to shape the future of cybersecurity in the agri-food sector.

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Answering the urgent call for veterinarians in rural and northern Ontario

U of G research has revealed some of the reasons new veterinary graduates are not dedicating their futures to attending to food animals, like beef and dairy cows in some areas of rural Ontario, particularly northern Ontario. This research is now informing solutions to improve veterinary access for Ontario’s livestock farmers, grow the economy and deliver home-grown food to Ontarians.

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Dr. Manish Raizada explains how we could manipulate bacteria to control crop growth

Raizada, whose plant microbiome research is funded in part by the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, and other scientists in North America, Asia and elsewhere are trying to exploit the relationship between plants, bacteria and other microbes. 

So-called "biologicals" have the potential to fix nitrogen, improve disease resistance or retrieve nutrients from the soil.

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