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Posted on : 2024-02-06

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Objective: To provide an overview of good pruning practices for fruit trees and shrubs to optimize health and fruit production; and to present some examples of work accomplished to date to restore forests following the derecho of 2022.

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Cluster Innovation Table — Call for Participants

Posted on : 2024-02-06

PARO is holding its first national cluster innovation table (CIT) on agriculture. The CIT is an opportunity for women to access partner resources, programs, and networks to help them grow. In the second half of the CIT, women are provided the opportunity to give feedback on PARO and partner programs to make them more women-focused and women-friendly.

Here are the selection criteria:

  1. Be at least 51% women-owned and women-led
  2. Be located in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, or British Columbia
  3. Have at least $50,000 in revenue
  4. Be looking to scale

A national francophone CIT is planned for later in the year.

Questions and enquiries can be directed to

Roundup and Lawsuits

Posted on : 2024-02-06

Research suggests a link between the popular glyphosate weed killer Roundup and cancer. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic,” but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains more evidence is needed.

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Thousands of people have filed lawsuits that blame Roundup for causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other related cancers. They say Roundup’s maker knew or should have known of the risks but failed to properly warn consumers.

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RTO9 Partnership Fund Information Sessions

Posted on : 2024-02-06

February 5th, 8th, 12th & 20th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Online

Join Meg from RTO 9 as she goes through the 2024/2025 Partnership Fund application, guidelines and eligibility requirements for the first intake period. This information session will go through the application process and help you determine whether your project or organization is eligible to apply, how the program works, and what expenses can be incurred under the project. There will also be time at the end of the presentation to ask questions about the program. This is your opportunity to get familiar with the program before applying!


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Country Side Connections The Happy Popcorn Co

Posted on : 2024-02-05

On February 15th, from 5p.m. to 6 p.m. we invite all members to come discover The Happy Popcorn Co (150A Pitt St, Cornwall) with us as we have a chat about Using Emotions to Build Relationships and Sell your products and find ways to help one another by sharing our own experiences and struggles.

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Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Workshops

Posted on : 2024-01-15

If you have not previously participated in an EFP workshop, or it has been a long time, you should attend a two-day, in-person workshop, which offers the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable OSCIA staff to help assess your soils, walk you through the process, and learn about cost-share funding opportunities. This workshop also offers networking opportunities with fellow farmers.

There is a workshop in Casselman on March 19 and 26th for those of you looking to participate in French.


Tourism Growth 

Posted on : 2024-01-10

Regions and communities across Canada host many exciting tourist attractions that bring people in and drive economic development. We want to celebrate the businesses behind those attractions and make sure they can grow and thrive. Delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), the Tourism Growth Program (TGP) provides $108 million over 3 years to support communities, small- and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing local tourism products and experiences. The RDAs will work in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and tourism partners to ensure the program is complementary to other supports for the tourism industry, helps to diversify regional economies and contributes to Canada’s economic growth.

SDG Regional Incentives Program

Posted on : 2024-01-10

The 2024 intake for the Regional Incentives Program officially launches on Friday, January 5th, 2024. The intake closes on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at noon. Only one intake is proposed for 2024. Any additional intakes will only occur if there are funds remaining following the initial intake.


Posted on : 2023-12-11

The Business Bootcamp is an eleven-week program, packed full of content and activities that will guide you through writing your farm business plan. Registration in the course includes access to a 40 page printable workbook, over 35 video tutorials, a curated list of more than 80 of our favourite business planning resources, and 20+ hours of virtual support and instruction, all broken down into easily digestible weekly modules. Each week will include pre-recorded videos, a worksheet, and a 2-hour online session.

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Innovation Booster 

Posted on : 2023-12-06

The Innovation Booster provides flexible and rapid support on a cost-shared basis to enable Small- or Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to advance their food innovation and research outcomes. A SME is defined as a business with 499 or fewer employees and less than $50 million in gross revenues.