|Deadline Quickly Approaching: Apply Today for the Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, July 03, 2014| The July 7th deadline is quickly approaching for applications to the Master Shepherd’s Course. This 12 module course will focus on giving experienced producers the tools necessary to expand their business.
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|OASC Holds Second RAISE THE CAP for Risk Management Program (RMP) Event - Friday, June 06, 2014|
Guelph, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) held their second Raise the Cap for RMP event last night in eastern Ontario at Hoards Station Sale Barn in Campbellford. Farmers and their families, who represented several counties, were in attendance to call on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for raising the Risk Management Program cap from $100M to $175M.
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|Raise the Cap for Risk Management Program (RMP) - Thursday, May 22, 2014|Staffa, Ontario – Members of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition (OASC) are calling on candidates in the upcoming provincial election to pledge their support for “Raise the Cap for RMP”.
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OASC has one voice and one message - we speak for more than 50,000 farms. For the candidates running in the 2014 Ontario election, OASC has one message: Raise the Risk Management Program cap to $175 million annually to provide adequate funding for the program.
|Carcass Competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic - Wednesday, May 14, 2014|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is planning a carcass competition at the All Canada Sheep Classic in Ancaster, Ontario on July 10, 11 and 12, 2014. The goal being to hold a competition which engages commercial and purebred sheep producers, judging on the basis of carcass quality.
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|OSMA Podcast with the Ontario SPCA: Animals' Voice Pawdcast - Wednesday, May 14, 2014|
OSMA was invited to discuss the new partnership formed with the Ontario SPCA on the 'Animal's Voice Pawdcast'.
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Animal's Voice Pawdcast
In this episode of the Animals’ Voice Pawdcast, we interview Jennifer MacTavish, General Manager at Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. Jennifer sits down with us to talk about the new partnership between the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and the Ontario SPCA. She explains why they have partnered with the Ontario SPCA, how this partnership will benefit the agency and the animals.
|CCWG Announces Price Increase for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - Tuesday, May 13, 2014|
Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will increase by $0.10 to $1.85, subject to tag levies where applicable. This marks the second increase of Shearwell tag prices this year. read more ...
|Exciting Changes To The Advance Payments Program - Wednesday, May 07, 2014|
The Advance Payments Program, which provides cash advances to Canadian producers of up to $400,000 with the first $100,000 interest free and balance at prime, has undergone some positive changes for sheep producers. With the support and assistance of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) has been successful in improving the Advance Payments Program for sheep producers in Ontario. read more ...
|OSMA and Ontario SPCA Working Together for Sheep Welfare - Tuesday, April 22, 2014|
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) are pleased to announce that they have agreed upon a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will help facilitate joint on-farm visits in complaint cases involving animal welfare on sheep farms.
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|Announcing the Ontario Master Shepherd's Course - Thursday, April 17, 2014|
Applications are now being accepted for the updated Ontario Master Shepherd's Course. If your farm is business focused and you would like to improve profitability through further expansion, then this course could be for you.
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|OSMA Welcomes News of the Approval of Baycox for Sheep in Canada - Monday, January 13, 2014|
|OSMA Welcomes Wes Moore - Licencing Relations Officer - Friday, January 03, 2014|
|Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment - Tuesday, July 09, 2013|
|CSF Appoints New Executive Director - Wednesday, June 26, 2013|
|OSMA Defers Implementation of the National Tag Fee - Monday, June 24, 2013|
|Heat Stress App Now Available for Blackberry and Android - Friday, June 14, 2013|
|Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions - Wednesday, May 08, 2013|
|Emergency Response Survey - Tuesday, April 09, 2013|
Please take a moment to fill out the Emergency Preparedness Survey. Click Here
|Dinner Starts Here! - Tuesday, April 09, 2013|
The Brand New Dinner Starts Here Website has been launched! Click Here
for more information.
|Latest Risk Management Program Information - Dec 2012 - Monday, December 17, 2012|
For the latest information on the Risk Management Program in Ontario, please click here...
|Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence - Friday, November 16, 2012|
|Learn how to build your agricultural export markets - Monday, October 01, 2012|
"Guelph ON, October 1, 2012 – Farmers can learn more about international export at a series of workshops being hosted this fall by the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The “Agriculture Going Global” sessions are designed to help participants make important exporting decisions, avoid common pitfalls and increase their understanding of international trade and foreign markets."
|OSMA Hires New Interim General Manager - Wednesday, July 11, 2012|
The Board of Directors and staff welcome Bill Ingratta as the OSMA Interim General Manager. Bill will be working with the Board and staff until a permanent General Manager is hired. This process is expected to take approximately three to four months.
Bill's experience is extensive. It includes 28 years with OMAFRA as well as prior background in the vegetable processing industry and the seed industry. He received his B.Sc. (Agr) in Horticulture Production from the University of Guelph and M. Sc. in Plant Science from McGill University.
Bill has expertise in crop production, Integrated Pest Management, technology transfer, food safety issues, biotechnology, and policy development.
We welcome him as part of the OSMA team.
|Schmallenberg Virus - Tuesday, February 21, 2012|Click Here
to view an Article on the Schmallenberg Virus
|Updates to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Thursday, July 21, 2011|
|News Release – Risk Management Program Available for Sheep Producers - Thursday, June 30, 2011|
|OASC NEWS RELEASE : Ontario Budget Delivers New Risk Management Program for Ontario Farmers - Wednesday, March 30, 2011|
|OSMA NEWS RELEASE: Budget Provides for Producer Support - Wednesday, March 30, 2011|
|Food Saftey and Traceability Inititive - Monday, March 07, 2011|
|Predation Article in the Ottawa Sun - Friday, January 28, 2011|
|OSMA Regulation Update - Thursday, August 26, 2010|
At the October 2007 Annual General Meeting, the OSMA Board announced that we were working on changes to our regulations and that producers would be informed in advance of changes. Click here to view more...
|Government Invests to Help Ontario Sheep Producers Prosper - Wednesday, June 30, 2010|
Ontario sheep producers can look forward to enhance genetic improvement services as a result of a $275,000 investment by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Click here to read more...