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Tech Toys & Innovation Workshop, January 19, 2011

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  • Agricultural Innovation Carl Fletcher OMAFRA Business Management Unit Jan. 19, 2011
    • “ Innovation….”
    • is developing a new product, service or process of doing something
    • “ Is creativity with a job to do” John Emmerling
    • “ Is the intersection between imagination and reality” Ron Johnson
    • “ Distinguishes between a leader and follower”
    • Steve Jobs
    • “ Comes from the producer not from the customer”
    • W. Edwards Johnson
  • Production Systems Innovations
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  • Leamington Area Drip Irrigation
  • Avon Swine Inc Waterloo
  • Kejay Investments Inc. (Kevin and Jason Stallaert Farms)
  • Mountain Fresh Farm
  • Nature’s Perfection Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Riverbend Farm Inc.
  • 6093400 Canada Ltd. Norfolk Apiaries
  • www.carletongrowers.com
  • www.langfarms.com
  • www.hillsidegardens.ca
  • www.brennbfarms.com www.brennbfarms.com
  • Distribution/ Logistics/Processing Innovation
  • Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc.
  • Ewe Dell Family Farms (*website coming soon)
  • www.freemanfarms.ca
  • Marketing Innovation
    • Product (Development)
    • Promotion (Advertising)
    • Place (Distribution channels)
    • Price
  • www.southbrook.com www.viniferaforlife.com
  • www.cedarviewfarms.org
  • Yellowlees Family Farm (Karen & Dennis Yellowlees)
  • Cream Hill Whole Grains Ltd. & Doug Hill Farms Ltd.
  • www.countycider.com
  • Diniz Farming Ltd.
  • www.meekersmagicmix.com
  • www.nurturalhorse.com
  • Gilbrea Farm & AgriServics
  • Naturpack Ltd.
  • Sandy and Kathy Smith
  • www.farmgatemarket.com
  • Weninger Farms Ltd.
  • www.clovermead.com
  • www.soybutter.com
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  • www.rushcreekwines.com
  • www.strom.ca
  • Berryhill Farm
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  • www.indianrivercattlecompany.com
  • Algoma Farm Fresh
  • www.kawarthaecologicalgrowers.com
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  • Financial Management
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  • www.monfortedairy.com
  • Human Resources
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  • 5 Farms in Alberta together hired a person to be an on farm financial manager –one day per week per farm
  • Bioeconomy
  • The Biobased economy- Terminology Bioproducts are those products made with some component of biological or renewable based materials. The “bio” in bioproducts relates to biomass inputs. http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/lsg-pdsv.nsf/eng/h_hn00205.html
    • Renewable
    • Bio Feedstocks
    • - Plants
    • crops
    • trees
    • algae
    • - Animals
    • - Organic-residues
    • agricultural
    • forestry
    • municipal
    Bioprocess Technology Biocatalysis (Enzymes) Fermentation (Microbes) Physical- Chemical Process Technology Extraction Pyrolysis Gasification
    • Industrial Bioproducts
    • - Bioenergy and Biofuels
    • Liquid- Ethanol, biodiesel
    • Solid-pellets
    • Gas- biogas, syngas
    • - Biomaterials
    • Biofibres
    • Bioplastics
    • Biocomposites
    • - Biochemicals
    • Industrial- solvents, paints, resins, lubricants
    • Biopharmaceuticals
    • Biocosmetics
  • Dedicated Biomass Crops: C 4 perennial grasses
    • Switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum)
    • Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii )
    • Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium )
    • Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans )
    • Prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
    • Miscanthus ( Miscanthus spp. )
  • Harvest Techniques, Fall 2009, 2 nd Yr Miscanthus
  • www.newenergyfarms.com
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  • Example: Agricultural Roofs
    • Dairy Barn 100 ft x 200 ft gives about 10,000 ft 2 + of solar area
      • Approximately 125 kWp per year
        • Make sure ability to connect to grid is available
      • Invest approximately $625,000 to $1,000,000 to cover roof
      • Yield of 125,000 to 150,000 kWh per year
  • Klaesi Brothers Biogas Generator
    • 2005
    • One energy-based digester in Ontario, running on manure
    • No funding
    • No knowledge on blending off farm source material
    • No clear legal pathway to accept off farm material
    • Only net metering option – 50 kW max (increased to 500 kW)
  • Where are we now?
    • 2010
    • Good knowledge on utilizing off farm materials
    • Ability to Ontario Biogas Systems Financial Assistance Program (OBSFAP
      • $11+ million funding
      • Nearly complete
      • 28 Systems (8 operating, remainder under construction)
      • 46 FIT applications
    • Industry is developing
    • Legal clarity to accept certain off farm materials
    • sell power on grid at 14.7 to 19.5 ¢/kWh
    • Clarity on ability to connect to electrical grid
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  • www.energrow.ca
  • Burt Farm
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  • http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/index.html
  • Business Information Bundle BEYOND PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/valueadd-bib/index.htm
    • Start Manage and Grow a Business: Food Processing
    • www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/newbusiness.htm
  • Special thanks to:
  • Bioenterprise Corporation
    • Business Accelerator focused on Agri-tech
    • Not-for-profit funded by OMAFRA, AAFC, MRI.
    • Housed in the Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre……..OAFT, Soy 2020, AMI
    • We assist start-up and early stage companies get over business hurdles….speed them to market.
  • Bioenterprise Services
  • Growing Forward Business Development Initiative
  • Business Development for Farm Businesses Growing Your Farm Profits Workshops
      • Farm Financial Assessment – up to 5 days services by a Farm Business Advisor
      • Agriculture Skills Development – provides opportunity to develop skills and learning
      • Advanced Business Planning – opportunity to develop advanced plans such as Business Plan, Succession Plan, Feasibility Plan
      • Business Plan Implementation Program – one-time soft costs identified in an approved advanced plan
    Self-Assessment & Action Plan Development Reviewed & Signed Off Cost-Share Funding
  • Business Development for Farm Businesses
    • Cost-Shared funding:
      • Farm Financial Assessment – up to 5 days services by a Farm Business Advisor
      • Agriculture Skills Development – provides opportunity to develop skills and learning relevant to the agri-food industry in Ontario
      • Advanced Business Planning – funding assistance in the development of advanced plans such as Business Plan, Succession Plan, Feasibility Plan
      • Business Plan Implementation Program – allows for the funding assistance for one-time soft costs identified in an approved advanced plan
    • Wishing you a safe,prosperous and innovative 2011 .
    • Carl Fletcher
    • Strategic Business Planning Program Lead
    • Business Management Unit, Agriculture Development Branch
    • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    • 1 Stone Road West, 3 rd Floor SW
    • Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2
    • 519-826-3235 email: [email_address]