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Courses & Webinars

Current Offerings

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The 'Green Brochure' is out and 2023 courses are set!

Please see below for dates, times and descriptions. More information will be added as it is available, so check back often. 

Courses are being offered in various formats (in-person, virtually or hybrid), so be sure to take note of where you will be attending from.

As always, if you have any questions - please reach out! 

info@greyagservices.ca              519-986-3756

Winter courses have been a tradition of Grey Ag Services for decades. The trusted Blue Brochure (printed in green this year!) lands in nearly 11,000 rural mail boxes across the area each December. It contains information for courses available from January - April, the Grey Bruce Farmers Week program and is filled with valuable sponsorship ads from local organizations. 

 

These courses are a reflection of what you want to see. Please let us know what you are interested in - send us a message using the box on the right. Grey Ag strives to present a variety of content that will appeal and apply to all aspects of agriculture in Grey County.

We would also like to thank the Municipality of Grey Highlands, and the Community Grant Program, for their support of the Winter Course Program. 

Climate Resiliency Training - 

Created by the Climate Risk Institute and OMAFRA

Info about the CRI's Climate Traing for Livestock Farmers

Family Farm Continuity: New Opportunities to Help You Start Today!

Presented by: Bryan Huck, BDO; and BDO A&A/Tax Partner TBD. Thursday February 16th 9:45 - 2:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $40.00, lunch is included. 

The National Census of Agriculture has found only eight per cent of Canadian farmers have a written transition plan, despite estimates that over the next 10 years, 75% of farms will change hands. Common reasons for this gap: - No personal and compelling vision of “What is next” for you, your farm and your family. Many fail to understand that this is a journey. It is one of the most important things you can do for your family! - Procrastination and Fear of Conflict - The Next Gen’s fears of “stepping up”, out of respect for their parents - Not knowing where to start Will you make 2023 the year you get the conversations and planning started with your family? Just START now by attending this hands-on workshop with like minded farm operators. At this session, you will: Hear recent stories about a few farming families that overcame the inertia and created and implemented a farm continuity plan ‘for their family, by their family’ Learn the most common roadblocks to having healthy conversations with family members about the farm’s future. These maybe easier than you think to overcome … if you just start and practice! Gain experience working with tools uniquely designed to kickstart your continuity journey. As a bonus, we will include a short remote, live Q & A session with a BDO Tax specialist to explain how the recent tax changes might help you realize that now is the time to start your planning. You can help us plan for this session by sending in your tax questions to Grey Ag Services, in advance.

Weed ID Workshop

Presented by: Kris McNaughton, U of G, Ridgetown College. Tuesday February 21st 1:00 - 3:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $20.00.

Have you ever wondered how you can quickly identify between green, giant, and yellow foxtail or even fall panicum?  If so, this hands-on weed identification session may be for you!  A combination of live weed samples and images will be used to share tips and tricks on how to distinguish between similar looking weeds and how to identify weeds in our fields, including glyphosate-resistant like Canada fleabane and waterhemp.

The Guardian Network Training

Presented by: Canadian Mental Health Association of Grey Bruce. Wednesday February 22nd 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Click Here to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: free.

The Guardian Network is a volunteer suicide -prevention network for the agricultural community. Do you work face to face with farmers and their families? Whether an agribusiness member, a neighbour, or a farmer yourself, all of us can play a part in preventing suicide. This training provides tools and strategies for recognizing signs of suicide and other mental health difficulties, aiming to equip guardians for conversations with farmers in distress.

Beekeeping Part Two

Presented by: Janine McGowan, owner of Our Bee Lab. Thursday February 23rd, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services or Register Now to attend via Zoom. Course Fee: $20.00.

Join Janine for an interactive presentation covering: •Adding honey bees to the farm: on-farm and soy pollination •Honey bees and pesticides •Honey bees and native pollinators: is there competition? •Approx 30 minutes of Q&A: please bring your honey bee related questions!

Advanced Grazing Systems - Paddock Design Workshop

Presented by: Dean Cober, Cobercow Hay and Cattle. Monday February 27th 1:00 - 5:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $20.00.

Dean is a mentor for the Ontario Forage Council's Advanced Grazing Mentorship Program. He will be leading this workshop on paddock design for rotational grazing systems as part of Grey Ag's Winter Course Series. Come prepared to design your own rotational grazing system for your farm in this hands-on workshop!

Sheep Body Condition Scoring for Monitoring Feeding Programs

Presented by: Delma Kennedy, OMAFRA. Wednesday March 1st 7:00 - 8:30 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $20.00.

This webinar will discuss what success looks like and factors affecting success. This will include producers who will discuss their accelerated programs and the challenges and benefits of the system on their farms.

Get to Know Your Cow-Calf Business & Production Information

Presented by: James Byrne, John Molenhuis, and Steve Duff, all from OMAFRA. Thursday March 2nd 9:45 am - 2:45 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $40.00, lunch included.

Join us for this informative day where James Bryne will talk about making breeding decisions to maximize your dollars, Steve Duff will give a market outlook for 2023 and discuss direct to consumer sales in the beef industry, and John Molenhuis will present on beef operation cost of production data. Lunch is included, so come with friends and be prepared to network with other beef producers too!

The Wild and Wonderful World of Vegetables

Presented by: Grey County Master Gardeners. Thursday March 2nd 7:00 - 9:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $20.00.

The course will engage participants in learning the basics of vegetable garden planning, planting, harvesting and use.  We will incorporate lots of  opportunities for Q and A so bring your questions!

Success with Pair Raising Calves

Presented by: Marlene Paibomesai and Tom Wright from OMAFRA. Tuesday March 7th 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Register Now to attend on Zoom. Course fee: $20.00.

In this workshop, participants will learn about raising two calves together and key strategies to have success. It will cover why it matters, housing options, and how to overcome common challenges when moving to pair raising calves from raising calves individually.

Starting a Farm in Ontario

Presented by: Erich Weber, OMAFRA. 

Crops Night: Thursday March 16th,

Livestock Night: Thursday March 23rd, 

Direct to Consumer: Thursday March 30th.

Pick one or attend all. Each evening is from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, on Zoom. Register Now to attend.

Networking session for all participants: Saturday April 15th at the Rocklyn Community Centre, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. 

Course fee: $20.00, networking session is free.

Starting a farm in Ontario can be a daunting task. This course will walk you through the different stages that you will have to deal with when trying to start your new farm business. This course is broken into three different webinars: March 16, 2023 the course will focus on people who are interested in starting a crop based farm (ie. corn, soybeans, grapes, apples, etc.). March 23, 2023 the course will focus on people who are interested in starting a livestock based farm (ie. beef, turkey, sheep, goat, etc.). March 30, 2023 the course will focus on people who are interested in starting a farm business that will sell their products direct to the consumer. The three webinars will start at 7pm on each day and will go for approximately 2 hours and will cover such topics as: Business planning Financing options Tax considerations Commodity/farm organizations and how they can help you. On April 15, 2023 you are invited to attend a free in person trade show where you can meet with different professionals across the agriculture industry who can help you make your future farm business succeed. The in person trade show will be held at the Rocklyn Community Centre and will run from 1-5pm.

Elevate your Grain Storage Game

Presented by: James Dyck, OMAFRA. Wednesday March 22nd, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, on Zoom. Register Now to attend. Course fee: $20.00.

You work hard all year to grow your crops, battle the weather to get them harvested, and then you…. stick all that grain in a big tin can and forget about it? Without proper management, grain quality can deteriorate rapidly in storage and impact your earnings. This webinar will help you better understand your grain drying and storage systems, discuss ways to improve drying and storage outcomes, teach you a few useful tools, and highlight the latest drying and storage technologies and research.

Learning the Costs on Ontario Dairy Goat Farms

Presented by: John Molenhuis and Marlene Paibomesai, from OMAFRA. Wednesday March 29th, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, on Zoom. Register Now to attend. Course fee: $20.00.

What does it take to be a profitable dairy goat producer?  Dairy goat cost of production was recently benchmarked for the years 2019 to 2021 with Ontario dairy goat producers.  This session will showcase what we learned from producers, the industry and walk through knowing and comparing your cost of production with a new tool.

Accelerated Lambing – Critical Components for Making the System Work

Presented by: Delma Kennedy, OMAFRA, and panelists Harold & Barb Zettler, and Steve Ernewein. Wednesday April 5th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, on Zoom. Register Now to attend. Course fee: $20.00.

This webinar will discuss what success looks like and factors affecting success. This will include producers who will discuss their accelerated programs and the challenges and benefits of the system on their farms.

Feeding the Performance Horse

Presented by: Jessica McCoag, Purina. Wednesday April 12th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services or Register Now to attend on Zoom. Course fee: $20.00.

This course will cover building a diet - starting with forage, adding energy & protein, vitamins and minerals. Participants will go over topline evaluation and body condition scoring, water and electrolyte requirements and how to select a feed for a performance horse.

2-day Intensive Food Preservation Workshop

***Please Note: This course is now full. We have started a waiting list with the possibility of running a second program if there is enough interest. Please use the link below if you would like to be added to that.

Presented by: Martha Rogers, Master Food Preserver. Friday April 28th & Saturday April 29th, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm each day. RSVP to attend at the Rocklyn Community Centre. Workshop fee: $150.00, includes materials and lunches.

Space is limited, but a waiting list will be created for future sessions.

The following is a preliminary set of objectives to be met during this workshop. Updates may be made as we move closer to the course! 1. Develop an understanding of food safety and the science of food preservation. 2. Examine how science informs methods of food preservation such as water bath/steam canning, pressure canning, freezing, dehydration and fermentation. 3. Explore the equipment required for various methods of food preservation. 4. Demonstrate canning, fermenting, dehydrating and freezing techniques and methods using recipes developed in approved test kitchens. 5. Discuss Public Health Ontario’s regulations related to the production and sales of high acid foods including certified kitchens, label requirements, documentation, products that are & and are not allowed to be sold at Farmers Markets and stores. 6. Identify scientifically sound resources for recipes and methods of food preservation. 7. Discussion of steps to achieve Certification if desired.

Horse Night: Lameness and Alternative Therapies

Presented by: Dr. Tee Fox and Dr Marika Van Schaik, Markdale Veterinary Services. Tuesday March 28th 2023, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. RSVP to attend in person at Grey Ag Services or Register Now to attend online through Zoom. Course fee: $20.00.

Join Dr. Tee Fox and Dr. Marika Van Schaik, both from Markdale Veterinary Services, for an informative evening with fellow horse enthusiasts. They will be covering Lameness and Alternative Therapies, come prepared with questions!

Past Offerings & Materials

Over the past 20 years that Grey Ag Services has been offering courses a significant amount of resources have been generated.  Find listings of past courses and related reference materials by clicking the icon below.

CRI's Climate Training info

January 23rd 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

January 24th 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

January 26th 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

“If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Hit It – Directed Spraying In Corn”

Presented by: Dr Jason Deveau, OMAFRA. Wednesday January 25th 12:00 - 1:00 pm, on Zoom. Course fee: $12.00. 

Spraying diseases such as Gibberella ear rot and tar spot are significant economic threats that reduce the quality of grain corn. As crop management practices provide only modest improvements in disease control, it is important to investigate strategies that increase fungicide efficacy. Research has shown that the timely application of fungicide labelled to suppress the disease improve efficacy (~50% in the case of mycotoxins). We wondered if changes in the method of application could give better results. We compared the spray coverage from several application methods. The leading method was then moved to field trials, where return on investment, efficacy, and ease of use were evaluated.

Thank you to the companies who advertise in our winter course program. Their support helps make our programming viable!

What's New in Agronomy?

Presented by: Deb Campbell from Agronomy Advantage and Carrie Davenport from Georgian View Ag Services Ltd. Wednesday February 1st, 1:30 - 4:30 pm. RSVP to attend at Grey Ag Services, or Register Now to attend online through Zoom. 

Together Deb and Carrie will discuss: •New seed technology  •New resistance concerns •New crop protection products  •New precision ag techniques  The afternoon will include lots of time for Q&A with Deb and Carrie as well.

Soil Fertility Workshop

Presented by: Colin Elgie, OMAFRA. Thursday February 2nd 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Grey Ag Services. Course fee: $20.00. RSVP to attend.

Let’s dig into what your farm’s soils hold.  Learn how to interpret soil tests from your own fields, and how to use these test results to make decisions with your fertilizer plan.  What effect do high fertility prices have on your plan?  Join in to find out.

Improving Biosecurity Concepts for Swine and Poultry

Presented by: Al Dam and Steve Beadle, OMAFRA. Monday February 6th 1:00 - 2:30 pm, on Zoom. Course fee: $20.00. Register Now.

Al and Steve will share tips for improving biosecurity on pig and poultry farms, especially regarding the design of Danish entry systems.

Social Media Tips for your Farm Marketing

Presented by: Kelly Ward, OMAFRA & panelists: Amy Kitchen, Sideroad Farm; Julie Higginson, Higginson Farms; RJ Taylor, Springhills Fish Farm. Wednesday February 15th 1:00 - 3:30 pm. RSVP to attend in-person at Grey Ag Services, or Register Now to attend on Zoom. Course fee: $20.00. 

Kelly Ward, of OMAFRA will be joined by three panelists: Amy Kitchen from Sideroad Farms, Julie Higginson from Higginson Farms, and RJ Taylor from Springhills Fish Farm, as they talk about using social media for marketing their businesses, and give tips on using it for yours. There will be lots of time for Q&A with our presenters included in the afternoon!

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