Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention Presentations Now Available Online

OFVC-new-300x212Presentation slides from the 2017 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) are now posted online. Fruit content at this year’s OFVC included:

  • Berries
  • Specialty Berries
  • Grapes
  • Winery
  • Tender Fruit
  • Apples
  • Sweet & Hard Apple Cider
  • Specialty Tree Fruit & Nuts

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OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017

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These workshops are available for those who will be scouting horticultural crops this year.

To register, please contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

Planning is underway for scout training workshops for hops, hazelnuts and berry crops. Details for these workshops will be provided soon.           

GENERAL

Introduction to IPM

  • May 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Conference Rm 1, 2 and 3, 1st Floor,1 Stone Rd. West, Guelph
  • Workshop Leader: Denise Beaton
  • Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. Pay parking ($12/day).

VEGETABLE CROPS

Tomatoes & Peppers

  • April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.           
  • Room 126 (Main Floor), Agronomy Building, UofG Ridgetown Campus
  • Workshop Leader: Janice LeBoeuf
  • Notes: Lunch on your own. Handouts provided. See Resources for Vegetable Crop Scouts.

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Support to Help Farmers Reduce their Carbon Emissions

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Cost-Share funding Assistance Program for Producers has been enhanced with four new best management practices (BMPs) categories added and enhancements to several existing BMPs.  GF2 funding is available to support farmers to make changes in their farming operations and encourages actions with multi-benefits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and supporting soil health.  These enhancements will support producers to transition to low carbon production and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation on-farms. Continue reading

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A new issue of the Orchard Network Newsletter is now available online

A new issue of Orchard Network newsletter is now available on the OMAFRA website.

English: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/hort/news/orchnews/2017/on-0217.htm

French: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/french/crops/hort/news/orchnews/2017/on-0217.htm

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Did you hear? We’ve made great improvements to the Agricultural Information Atlas!

Jennifer Jarvis, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor

We’re excited to let you know about the latest updates that we made to the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA). What is the AIA? It’s the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) free, easy-to-use online tool that can help you to: Continue reading

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Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

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Announcing the March Webinar:

*PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE (March webinar only)*

“Impact of training systems on viticulture performance of cold-hardy wine grapes”

 *Wednesday*, March 22nd, 2017 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) 7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central) Continue reading

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2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation

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Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation ExcellenceNow Accepting Applications for the 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program!

Have you developed and implemented a unique product or process that helps foster innovation in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector?  If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:

  • Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
  • Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
  • Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
  • Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)

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