Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

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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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AAFC Potato Variety Release Open House

Any potato grower interested in new potato varieties for fresh, specialty, french fry or chip are invited to the AAFC potato variety release open house:

Wednesday, February 14
95 Stone Road (Lab Services Building)
Guelph, ON
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

More information on how the process works can be found HERE

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Vanessa Currie (vcurrie@uoguelph.ca) 519-824-4120 ext 56160

Variety viewing begins at 11:00 with a free lunch and a short session of informative presentations. The schedule for the speakers can be found below. schedule

 

Reason® 500SC Fungicide label expanded for management of downy mildew on basil and Brassica crops

Jim Chaput, Minor Use Coordinator

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Reason® 500SC Fungicide for control of downy mildew on basil and an amendment to update the label to include management of downy mildew on the new Brassica vegetable crop groups 5-13 and 4-13B in Canada. The head and stem Brassica vegetable group includes cabbage, napa cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli and the new Brassica leafy greens crop group includes arugula, Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, collards, cress, kale, mizuna, mustard greens, etc.  Reason® Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases.
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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conventions – don’t miss these sessions

The program schedule for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is mind boggling. With over 36 different sessions and 144 different presentations, you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly where to start.

For the 2018 conference, there will be several vegetable specific sessions: IPM Strategies in Field VegetablesThe 4 C’s of Soil Health
for Vegetable Production
Specialty Root VegetablesCucurbits and Market Gardening Vegetables.

Other sessions that will be of interest to vegetable growers include: BiostimulantsFertigationHerbicide Resistance –
New Technologies
Promoting Pollinators on the FarmWash Water Handling and Does IPM Contribute to Pesticide Resistance?

The 2018 convention will also host a number of business management related sessions: Finding Money and Managing It BetterMarketing 101: Opportunities in the Digital World, and Labour Productivity on the Farm.

Ridgetown Horticulture Crops Field Research Assistants – Summer Job Posting

Job Ad: 2018 Horticulture Crop Summer Student Field Research Assistant Positions (up to 3 positions in Ridgetown)
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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Position Title: Summer Student Field Research Assistant
Job Term: Temporary for 16 – 18 weeks
Location: Ridgetown, ON
Salary: $14.85/ hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week
Closing Date: February 2, 2018

This position will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in crop production, research or the agricultural service sector. This position will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy on a wide range of vegetable crops commonly grown in Ontario. Continue reading Ridgetown Horticulture Crops Field Research Assistants – Summer Job Posting

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario