Showcasing the success of Partnership programs and research

Student Matt Stewart standing in field looking out at it with a banner at the bottom of the photo that says Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Research 2020-21 Yearbook

A long-term look at cover crops

From mid-summer until the following spring, some Ontario fields lie fallow while others are covered with crops designed to rejuvenate the soil. University of Guelph researchers are investigating various combinations of cover crops to see which ones offer the best environmental and economic improvements. This long-term study is being conducted at the Ontario Crops Research Centre sites in both Elora and Ridgetown, coordinated by plant agriculture professors Dr. Manish Raizada and Dr. Dave Hooker, respectively.

Dr. Todd Duffield and team researching ways to help producers manage metabolic changes in their dairy herds in work funded in part by the Alliance

Duffield and researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) are studying metabolic disease in dairy cattle to explore potential solutions for farmers across the country. Duffield’s research is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs through the Ontario Innovation Agri-Food Alliance with in-kind support from Elanco and Lactanet. Read the story on the OVC website >

Mental health and well-being research in agriculture and veterinary medicine

Leading research at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is contributing greatly to current understandings of mental health and well-being in the veterinary profession, and the agricultural community.

Evidence shows veterinarians, student veterinarians and farmers to be at increased risk for psychological distress and mental illness.

Sara Stricker in the field with the onions

Ontario onion attacker is in the weeds

A stubborn new fungus is attacking Ontario onions. Luckily, it does not cause food-borne illness, but it could make your onions smaller and more likely to sprout in storage, leading to potential lost revenues for growers and lower-quality onions for consumers.

Gryphon's LAAIR grants help researchers develop products for the growing agri-food sector

From skin care to brewing to plant greenhouses to cows and horses, five projects will receive funding from the Gryphon’s LAAIR program this year to help researchers pursue research innovations with commercial potential.

The Gryphon’s LAAIR (Leading to the Accelerated Adoption of Innovative Research) program, funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, helps to create new products and services for the growing agri-food sector.

Oluwatimileyin Abolarin holding a goat

U of G student discovers agriculture industry through goat reproduction research

Ontario’s goat sector is growing by leaps and bounds, and that’s where field research can be helpful. Agri-food researchers spend time in the field to become familiar with their topic of study. This allows them to learn what producers are facing as they work toward sustainable production.

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