Conference 2021

The 2021 Innovative Farmers Conference will be virtual

Although we will miss the energy of our in-person conferences...

going virtual is going to have its advantages too.

In addition to an exciting speaker line-up

 there will be chat rooms and opportunities to

to meet and share experiences and ideas with farmers, researchers and speakers. 

Conference 2021 dates... Feb 16, 17,18, 2021

Registration Opening Soon...

Confirmed Speakers:

From the Ground Up -- Food as Medicine

Jill Clapperton

Jill Clapperton is an expert on the complex life of soil players in the rhizosphere (plant roots, the soil attached to the root and the soil that’s influenced by the root). Who are the players underground? What do they do? And plants rule it all, but how? Jill will explain the interaction between plants, their root exudates, soil microbiomes and microbial predators and how farmers can feed plants to increase underground health, plant production and nutrient value in food.

John Kempf

Balancing Plant Health, Microbial Life and ROI

John will explain the cycle of how healthy nutrient balanced plants support robust microbial populations, that attract microbial predators and together increase soil health, yield outcome and ROI. Lots of tips and tricks to jump start your regen farming process. Quick and easy solutions you can implement on your farms this spring.

Dr. David Johnson

Creating a Fungal Environment to Build Soil Health

John will explain the cycle of how healthy nutrient balanced plants support robust microbial populations, that attract microbial predators and together increase soil health, yield outcome and ROI. Lots of tips and tricks to jump start your regen farming process. Quick and easy solutions you can implement on your farms this spring.

Steve McQueen

Using Alternative Nutrients to Create Compost

Steve will introduce us to biologically friendly fertility options such as hydrolysates, nitrogen fixing bacteria and ocean derived nutrients. These amendments are in the correct plant available form and require little energy from cropping species to be utilized as building block proteins and provide greater root exudates for your biology. See how Steve’s CCA experience with these efficient nutrients can increase your biology diversity and ROI.

Eric Miller

Using 60" Corn and Cover Crops to Increase Your ROI

Eric will share his on-farm research project results that compared 140 units vs 220 nitrogen units across his entire field of 60” corn planted with a high nitrogen cover crop between the rows. Eric will show us how he developed his 60” corn program including biostrips and interseeded multispecies covers which he grazes to complete the regenerative ROI circle.

Mike Belan chosen as

2020 Innovative Farmer of the Year

Every year, the Innovative Farmers of Ontario chooses a farmer who exemplifies great soil stewardship, progressive thinking,

and a drive to explore ways to improve their farming practices. 

We are pleased to announce Mike Belan

as our 2020 Innovative Farmer of the Year recipient.

Mike Belan is a 3rd generation farmer in Lambton County,

 presently farming over 1,000 acres with his father and uncle.

In 2012 the Belans began to assess the merit of moving their goals from yield to profit per acre and consistency. They had been practicing no till for years but began to incorporate cover crops mix and add heifers to graze cover crops.

The Belans have seen a beneficial impact from these changes including

reduced soil erosion, increased water infiltration and reduced compaction.

They are pleased with the results they have seen

and now say they wouldn't farm any other way.

Compaction Video Series:

COMPACTION ACTION

Please Note — it's important to read both documents below to correctly interpret the data results.

Thank you to Matthias Stettler, Shawridge Farms,  Ian McDonald, the amazing OMAFRA soil team,

our soil pit session speakers, the sponsors,the equipment drivers, and all who participated. 

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

Innovative Farmers of Ontario wins Regional Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence 

The Innovative Farmers of Ontario

were the original instigators of the 

Soil Your Undies 

campaign to encourage and demonstrate

healthier soil management practices.

Our campaign went viral, with international media attention,

adoption by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada and a

Premier's Award from the Ontario provincial government.

Our Soil Your Undies campaign challenges farmers to bury a pair of white 100 % cotton briefs and then dig them up 8 weeks later.

The concept is if the briefs are eaten away and left in tatters, that shows healthy biological activity in their soil. If not, farmers could benefit by considering cover crops and other conservation methods to ramp up biological activity, increase soil organic matter and give their soils a healthy boost. 

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