Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario
Welcome to the Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System hosted by the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus.
The Agriculture and Food Education site provides a variety of free courses and resources at no cost that give producers and processors information they need to help their businesses grow.
All of the courses are delivered online and are self-paced courses that can be completed on your own schedule.
Click each topic below to see the courses available.
Processor: Food Safety Foundations
This course will provide information on the three types of food safety hazards that may occur in your processing facility, as well as introduce best practices that can be used to control these hazards.
Implementing a food safety program in your processing facility will help you to prevent and reduce food safety risks, access new markets, and retain existing markets. A food safety program can also help to decrease potential financial losses and damage to your facility’s reputation in the event of a recall. Having a food safety program in place demonstrates that you are committed to food safety.
A Recall Program is an important component of a food safety program. Having a Recall Program allows you to quickly and effectively account for, and control, suspect products in the event of a food safety issue.
Sanitation is an essential element of a food safety program. Improper or inadequate sanitation can cause serious food safety problems. By implementing a sanitation program in your facility you can help to keep food safe.
Producer: Food Safety Foundations
This course will provide information on the three types of food safety hazards that may occur on your farm, as well as introduce best practices that can be used to control these hazards.
Producer: Water Use
Your final product is only as clean and safe as the water that you use, whether its water that is used for irrigation or water that is used for cleaning crops, equipment or other food contact surfaces.
Producer: Worker Practice
Workers can be a source of contamination during food production. This course will introduce you to food safety hazards related to workers and their practices on the farm.
Growing Your Farm Profits
Growing Your Farm Profits is the place to start planning your business success. This course will provide you with information on the business planning process. Over the nine modules you will explore best practices in key areas of farm business management. You will learn how to create action plans that lead to improved farm success and viability.
- Production Management
- Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Social Responsibility
- Succession Planning
- Business Goals
Basics of Traceability
This course is the first step in learning the essentials of what Traceability is and what it means for agri-food businesses in Ontario.
Processor: Profiting From Traceability
In this course you will learn how a Traceability system works and explore the potential benefits that a Traceability system can provide your business. This course will help you understand your Traceability needs and goals. You can then use that knowledge to select the best solution for your business. Throughout the course, you will also be provided with information and tools to help you apply this new knowledge to your own unique business.
Producer: Maximizing your Traceability Investment
In this course you will learn how a Traceability system works and explore the potential benefits that a Traceability system can provide for your farm.
All courses are free.
- Cable/DSL broadband internet connection or equivalent (recommended)
Please note: the accessible versions of the courses may work better for slower internet connections
- 2 GHz processor or faster
- 1GB RAM or greater
- 80 GB hard drive or larger
- 1024x768 resolution monitor or greater and supporting video card
- Sound card with speakers
- Adobe® Reader 9.0 or later
- Adobe® Flash plug-in 10.0 or later
The accessible versions of the courses have been tested with JAWS 15 using Internet Explorer 11 and NVDA version 2016.4 using Internet Explorer 11.
How Do I Get Started?
First Time Users
If this is your first time accessing the courses and you have NOT created a user account yet, your first step is to register using the link below. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your login information and a link to access your account.
Once you have registered, you can log in directly to the Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System.
Log in to the Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System using the username and password you previously created.
What if I Have Forgotten My Username or Password?
Your username is your email address. If you are not able to remember the email address that you used, please contact us to look up your username.
If you have forgotten your password, please use the “I Forgot my Password” link on the login screen for the Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System.
Choose the topic of courses you want.
Ag and Food Courses
If you have any problems creating an account or logging into the Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-674-1500 ext.63295.