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OAFT - From Discovery to Profit

Ensuring that the Ontario ag sector is at the forefront of agri-tech,
to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities.



Rapid Response programs provide assistance to Ontario agri-food innovators for sales and research.


Work with innovators in the industry and foster initiatives that contribute to Ontario’s advancement in the ag sector.


Build relationships and connections within the industry. Connect with us!


Increase awareness and advocate for the industry. Click here for Magnet Export Portal and BioProducts Update.

The Last Word - from our clients

  • "This program is very important and integral in allowing Canadian companies an opportunity to respond quickly to an opportunity that could potentially grow a Canadian company significantly, thus leading to economic benefits for Ontario and Canada. Without programs like this, it would be hard for a small biotech company like PlantForm to reach out and have face to face meetings with companies from around the world, as often our resources are limited." 

    David Cayea - PlantForm Corporation

  • "The program was excellent. It made it possible for us to make an important step forward in developing the technology, which would not have been possible without this program."

    Les Petroczi - Guelph Junction Railway Limited

  • "High level of satisfaction, provided us with the opportunity to grow both our current major software, while also providing valuable service to a current software user and receiving input on our new software that we could not obtain from beef farmers near our office" 

    Jasper Munro - Ag-Sight

  • "Provided us with the funds to engage with several groups who are already helping with sales. A great platform for our small company to grow sales, identify future leads and meet future partners" 

    Peter Mankowski - SeeHorse

  • "This program catalyzed us into action. So far, this program has been of immense value as a motivator to get out and meet strategically important organizations who may become partners or who will buy our products"

    Tim Nelson - Be Seen Be Safe

  • "As co-founder of a small but growing agricultural technology company, I have come to value OAFT immensely... OAFT has been instrumental in providing introductions to key players, and access to expertise, and we were given the opportunity early on, to present our ideas at an OAFT semi-annual meeting. In this way, OAFT has played a key role in helping us to become part of the Ontario agricultural community"

    Trevor Charles - Metagenom Bio


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OAFT's network is diverse and powerful because of our membership grounded in producer associations, industry and non-profits, academia and government. Join this team and help ideas come alive.

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  • Events

    International Plowing Match

    IPM 2019 will take place in Verner, an agricultural community in the municipality of West Nipissing, Ontario from September 17 to 21, 2019. The IPM provides a unique tourist experience as it is hosted in a different part of Ontario each year on prime agricultural land. The IPM showcases the host region and builds on the specific features of the region where the event is taking place.

    What's Growin' On Research Farm Open House 2019

    Please join us at Vineland’s Victoria Avenue Farm for the annual What’s Growin’ On Open House.

    Vineland’s annual open house has moved to the fall this year. The focus will be on the latest research of our apple breeding program.

    Please register by September 18. Due to space limitations, attendance is restricted to the first 140 registrants.

    Please register each participant individually.

    For more information, contact Nathalie Dreifelds
    [email protected]

    Event Date: 

    September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm


    3310 Marina Boulevard, Vineland Station, Ontario (off Victoria Avenue)

    Federal election
    Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference

    AWC EAST 2019, October 27 – 29, 2019 at Sheraton On The Falls in Niagara Falls Ontario

    IMCI is proud to host our 5th AWC in Ontario. We are coming back to Niagara Falls!

    Listen, Learn, Network, and Grow!

    • Connect with like-minded women passionate about agriculture and food.
    • Grow from informative, inspiring and motivating discussions with influential leaders.
    • Learn the tools and techniques that will empower you to live to your full potential.
    Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

    The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place every November in the City of Toronto. Come celebrate the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. Whether you’re a visitor or an exhibitor, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is jam-packed with home-grown fun and the best in local food and animal entertainment.

    The Royal is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. It is where Canadian and international breeders, growers and exhibitors are declared champions and where hundreds of thousands of attendees come to learn, compete, shop and have a great time with friends and family.

    Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    Six exceptional Canadians have been selected to join the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame as 2019 inductees in recognition for their lifelong contributions to the agricultural sector. JoAnne Buth, Marc Comtois, Cynthia Grant, Louis Latimer, Laurent Pellerin and Robert Prestage will be officially inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, QC.


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      Rose Gage

      Board Chair


        OAFT Funding

        Need to get somewhere to close the deal on your agri-innovation? Rapid Response funding can help.


        Strong connections to industry, producers and academia will help your organization stay ahead of the pack.


        Magnet Export Portal, Hockeystick reporting platform, government program links, funding options and more.


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        Ontario Bio Products Update

        The latest news in agri-food, agri-tech and bioproducts. 

        Game Changers

        Disruptive and exciting technologies explained.