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Projects support Northern Ontario’s Agriculture and Agri-Food sector

5 April 2022
How can we combat pests that attack cultivated strawberries in Northern Ontario? How can we control aphid populations to revitalize oat crops without a massive use of pesticides?

These two areas of research are part of Collège Boréal projects that aim to support Northern Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industries. Boréal’s team of experts will enlist local producers to carry out a number of field experiments from Thunder Bay to Hearst to West Nipissing.

The goal of this two-year series of applied research projects is to help protect and optimize agricultural practices and diversify crops in Northern Ontario. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through the Applied Research and Technology Partnerships program (ARTPs), these projects support Northern Ontario’s agriculture sector, which is considered a high-potential sector by Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Totalling $300,000 over two years, the grants will support the research projects and the hiring of students from Collège Boréal’s agriculture program to bring their skills to the projects. This research will help to protect the environment by reducing the use of pesticides, support the economic sustainability of food production in Northern Ontario and diversify supplies of fresh produce.

I am pleased to see yet more proof of the quality of our Research and Innovation sector at Collège Boréal. I am happy to know that we are contributing to the well-being of our communities by helping to make agriculture in Northern Ontario more and more sustainable, environmentally responsible and diversified.
This welcome funding will allow us to continue to innovate in the field of agriculture, thanks to our high-tech equipment and our agronomy experts. And thanks to our partnerships with local producers and businesspeople, there will be direct impacts across all of Northern Ontario.
We at Adagio Farms are thrilled to partner with Collège Boréal to introduce new vegetables to our fields and ultimately to our customers. We look forward to learning agricultural protocols for various ethnic vegetables and are excited to see how this can result into new economic opportunities for us.

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