ACC To Administer National Sheep and Lambs Advance Payment Program - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
 GUELPH, ON (March 25, 2015) - Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC) is pleased to announce that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has approved ACC’s request to administer the Advance Payments Program (APP) for sheep and lamb producers across Canada.
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Two New Cost-share Opportunities for Agriculture in SW Ontario - Friday, March 13, 2015
Guelph, ON Two new cost-share programs: the Manure and Biosolids Management Program and the Dust Deflector Program are now available to producers.
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Golden Ontario Products Found Guilty - Monday, March 09, 2015
(Guelph, Ontario) – In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Golden Ontario Products, located at 7392 Hwy 89, Mount Forest, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required Licence Fees in the amount of $9,235 (including interest) since March 2013. After receiving notice on February 5, 2015, the defendant failed to appear at the hearing. Golden Ontario Products was ordered to pay outstanding Licence Fees. The failure of Golden Ontario Products to meet the terms set out by the Hearing for payment of the outstanding Licence Fees, will result in the suspension of its OSMA Sheep Slaughter Licence.
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New Canadians Prefer Taste, Quality of Ontario Meats - Friday, February 27, 2015
An extensive new study shows that new Canadians prefer the taste and quality of Ontario meat over imported product. The study looked at the eating patterns, shopping habits, and taste preferences of new Canadians of African, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Caribbean, and European descent as they relate to the consumption of veal, goat, lamb and mutton, and rabbit.  
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OSMA Announces a Call for Research Proposals - Friday, December 19, 2014
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for research that aligns with its current Research Priorities. read more ...
Ontario Sheep Donation Aids Food Bank - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 Brantford, ON - The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agnecy (OSMA) continues its commitment to helping Ontario's hungry have access to fresh protein. In November, OSMA had purchased the Reserve Champion at the Royal Winter Fair and this morning, donated the lamb to the Brantford Food Bank. 
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Sanabil Halal Meat Farms Pleads Guilty At Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency Hearing - Thursday, December 04, 2014

December 4, 2014 - In a Hearing convened by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Sanabil Halal Meat Farms, of 5309 Spring Creek Road, Smithville, Ontario, was convicted of Failing to Assess and Remit Required License Fees.

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OSMA Congratulates Menzies on Receiving Carl Block Award - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
November 26, 2014– Guelph, ON – The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) congratulates Dr. Paula Menzies, from the University of Guelph, on receiving the Carl Block Award. The award, presented at the Canadian Animal Health Coalition’s Annual General Meeting, recognizes Menzies’ contributions to the sheep industry and animal agriculture as a whole.
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OASC Leaders Welcome Removal of Mandatory Agristability Participation for Provincial RMP - Monday, November 24, 2014

In the spring of 2011, farmer leaders across commodity groups came together with the provincial government to design a made-in-Ontario solution to help bring predictability, stability and bankability to their business operations.  Established with much fanfare, a new provincial cost-shared Risk Management Program (RMP) was created to help stabilize the industry as many costs and prices are global in nature and far beyond the farmer’s control. 

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Fischer re-elected as Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Monday, November 10, 2014
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), Dennis Fischer was re-elected as Chairman. read more ...
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”.

 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.

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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'.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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
OFC Mapleseed Pasture Award Press Release - Thursday, October 31, 2013
Fischer re-elected Chairman of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Draft Sheep Code of Practice released for Public Comment - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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CSF Appoints New Executive Director - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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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
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Growing Forward 2 Information Sessions - Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Dinner Starts Here! - Tuesday, April 09, 2013
 The Brand New Dinner Starts Here Website has been launched! Click Here for more information. 
Emergency Response Survey - Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Please take a moment to fill out the Emergency Preparedness Survey.  Click Here
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."

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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.
Thank you
NEW Wool Depot in Northern Ontario - Monday, June 18, 2012
Schmallenberg Virus - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Updates to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Ontario Governments updates program read more ...
News Release – Risk Management Program Available for Sheep Producers - Thursday, June 30, 2011
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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
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Predation Article in the Ottawa Sun - Friday, January 28, 2011
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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...