Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention presentations now available online

Ontario Fruit & Vegetable ConventionPresentation slides from the 2017 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) are now posted online. Field vegetable content at this year’s OFVC included: Continue reading Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention presentations now available online

Spraying Dicamba in Canada

This is one to review and share! A very educational slide show from Jason at Sprayers101.com

There’s been unprecedented demand for information regarding the safe and effective application of the new dicmaba products registered in Canada in late 2016. In response, every extension agent, agrichemical rep and researcher with any know-how on the subject has spent the last year (or more) speaking at grower meetings. I, for one, am fairly certain…

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Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits

Are you interested in improving your on-farm food safety or formalizing your food safety program? The OSCIA offers free, introductory food safety workshops and webinars to get you started. These workshops are open to all sizes of operations — right down to the smallest farm stand.

While the workshops and webinars are open to all farm commodities, they are aimed at addressing food safety hazards from the horticultural perspective, and — as an introductory level — are most appropriate for those who do not yet have a certified food safety program in place. Continue reading Food safety workshops – last chance before the season hits

OMAFRA IPM Scout Training Workshops for 2017

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

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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.

Highlights of the new BMPs and changes in existing GF2 BMPs are below. This funding is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).  Please see the OSCIA’s website www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/growing-forward-2/ for the program guide, application forms, and full details on how producers can participate.

Highlights – What’s New in GF2?

Four new BMP categories have been added:

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

  • A13 … from indoor agriculture facilities such…

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

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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:

  • Develop nutrient management strategies and plans
  • Plan tile drainage for your farm
  • Develop a farm sketch for Pest Assessment Reports and Bee Yard Registration and other government programs, including the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI)

So, what are the changes?

The AIA is now housed on a new platform. If you are a current user of the AIA, you’ll need to update your bookmarks to the new URL so you can find the AIA quickly and easily. Better yet, the AIA is now mobile-friendly. Open it up on your phone or tablet for quick access while you’re in the field…

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Lake Erie draft action plans posted to Ontario Environmental Registry

Two draft action plans have been posted to Ontario’s Environmental Registry for public comments.

Policy Proposal Notice: Canada-Ontario Action Plan for Lake Erie

Comment Period: 60 days. Submissions may be made before May 09, 2017.

Partnering in Phosphorus Control Draft Action PlanPolicy Decision Notice: Reducing Phosphorous to minimize Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

The draft Action Plan is posted for public input and can be found through this link. The Action Plan will be finalized no later than February 2018.

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario