Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business


from Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Officer, OMAFRA:

Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops.

course splash screensTake advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and traceability. These courses will provide you with foundational information to:

  • reduce risks to your business and customers;
  • improve efficiencies; and
  • access new markets.

You can explore the options that best suit your schedule and learning style.

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Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families

Ontario Farmers!  Plan to attend….

BRIDGING THE GAP – Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families

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National team will present latest information on biological control of spotted wing Drosophila – one hour webinar

Michigan researchers share the latest results on SWD management. Continue reading

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Methods to Measure Labour Cost and Productivity in Orchards

John Van de Vegte, Engineering Specialist, BMP Technical Integration & Transfer, OMAFRA

Labour Workbook Final

Tree fruit production throughout the year can be broken down into a number of separate operations.  Some of these operations, such as pruning, thinning and harvest, make up the majority of the annual labour cost for each orchard.

All orchard have different layouts, age and production practices that have an impact of the overall labour production cost.  It is useful to be able to measure the actual labour cost and productivity at each orchard.  This data can be used to:

  • Compare actual labour cost and productivity for orchard operations to industry averages which can be found in the OAG 2016 Ontario Apples Establishment and Production Costs. Orchards with higher labour costs per operation than the industry average should consider making process changes in their production operations to reduce their cost of production.
  • Set a baseline to be used to determine the cost-benefit analysis of trying out new production practices or equipment.

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Tender Fruit and Grape Student positions available at Vineland Resource Centre for summer 2018

Position Title: Student – Tender Fruit and Grape Field Technician
Job Term: Temporary (3 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:  OMAFRA Vineland Resource Centre, Vineland, Ontario (Niagara Region, on the south shore of Lake Ontario, 1 hour south of Toronto)
Salary:  $14.85/ hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week

Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service? These positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Vineland Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production and pest management. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects and tender fruit and grape production. Continue reading

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Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station

Organization:    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division/Branch:   Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch
Position Title:   Student – Summer Research Assistant
Job Term:   Temporary (6 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:  OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto)
Salary:   $14.85 / hour based on a 36.25 hour work week

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Mark your calendars for these meetings and conferences in 2018.

Don’t miss these events coming up in the new year, including:

-FarmSmart & NutrientSmart

-North American Strawberry Growers Association

-North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association Meeting

-Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

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