The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance invests in research to support Ontario’s dairy sector. This investment leverages the University of Guelph’s research expertise and attracts partners from across the dairy sector.
Breeding advancements are making an impact on swine, dairy and beef farms across Ontario. Genetics and genomics research now fuels on-farm decision-making, giving producers the tools to select animals with desirable traits—from a strong immune system to improved feed efficiency—that enhance the health of their herds and the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of their operations.
Innovation is the road from idea to impact. This case study explores the impact of innovations enabled in part by OMAFRA investment through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance. Innovation is defined as the transformation or development of Alliance-supported research into a program, policy, practice or product with a commercial or societal impact.
These specialized publications reflect some of the many activities undertaken by the Alliance to improve the sustainability and prosperity of Ontario's agri-food sector and rural communities. Additional strategically themed newsletters highlighting University of Guelph research are available through the Office of Research.
Research funding for individual projects is awarded through an annual, competitive program. Applications are rigorously reviewed based on scientific merit, innovation, contributing partners, potential benefits and best fit with established priorities in each theme area.
The Elora Research Station is one of the largest agricultural research farms in Canada. The Dairy Facility at the Elora Research Station is often called the world's most advanced state-of-the-art dairy research station, drawing visitors from across the globe.
Innovation fuels economic development, job creation and trade across the agr-food sector. A world-class network of field stations, managed by the University of Guelph, powers this innovation in the Province of Ontario.
Every year the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance produces a special edition of the University of Guelph's long-established Research magazine called the Agri-Food Yearbook. In the Agri-Food Yearbook, we showcase the programs and research that make up the Alliance.
This magazine is published through the Office of Research's well-known SPARK program, and is jointly produced by OMAFRA and U of G staff.
If you would like copies of the current or past Agri-Food Yearbook, please contact KTT Admin.
Investing in innovation for real-world returns during a global pandemic.
Research supported by the Alliance solves real-world challenges and yields meaningful innovations that ensure the success of the province’s agri-food sector and that promote rural economic development throughout Ontario and the world.
Celebrating the 2018 renewal of the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement and how innovation is driving agri-food in Ontario.
Focusing on how agri-food researchers are making a positive impact on the health of our communities, our environment and our economy.
Focusing on how agri-food researchers are helping the agri-food sector meet the premier's challenge of having the sector provide more jobs and exports.
Highlighting the creative research partnerships that help foster innovation.
Highlighting the return on investment through innovation and collaboration.
The third edition of the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement, Agri-Food yearbook
This second edition of the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement, Agri-Food yearbook focuses on sustainability from an economic, social and environmental view point.
This first Agri-food yearbook highlights the Alliance for research, laboratory and veterinary programs between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph.
Environmental Sustainability Research Syntheses
A synthesis of the research conducted under the Alliance's Environmental Sustainability research theme between 2008 - 2015. Projects have been separated into topic specific case studies which provide a farm-scale view of how individual research projects work together to address societal issues.
The Alliance helps keep nutrients on-farm by supporting research that advances our understanding of the nutrient transport system – from application and retention to transportation and mitigation – and to develop evidence-informed best management practices, tools and technologies. Taken together, these projects create a tool kit for producers to reduce on-farm nutrient loss, enhance productivity and contribute to a healthier environment.
Finding ways to reduce GHG emissions is vital to long-term food sustainability. Farmers need the best available research to inform opportunities to become resilient to a changing climate and to identify sustainable practices that contribute to GHG emission reductions. The Alliance funds research that provides the evidence to make informed policies, create tools and develop BMPs to support GHG emission reductions and energy conservation.
The Alliance supports research that identifies the environmental impacts of agricultural operations, develops evidence-informed best management practices and informs opportunities with partners to protect Ontario’s biodiversity both on- and off-farm. Together, these projects inform producers to enable decision-making to protect local biodiversity, enhance productivity and contribute to a healthier environment.
The Alliance supports research to help producers reduce the volume and concentration of wastewater by developing new tools and technologies to conserve and/or treat wastewater and address an important component of environmental sustainability in Ontario’s agri-food industry and rural communities.
Staying Ahead of the Curve Magazine
In 2013, as part of the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement, the Animal Health Laboratory was awarded funding for a Disease Surveillance Plan (DSP). The Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) was developed as part of the DSP. OAHN is now made up of 10 species network, covering each major livestock species in Ontario, plus companion animals and wildlife.
Detailing what the Disease Surveillance Plan and Ontario Animal Health Network completed from 2013-2018, including summaries by network, research projects, equipment purchased, tests developed, and much more.