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Growing Forward 2 Educational Workshops

There are a number of Food Safety Workshops/Webinars, Traceability Workshops, and Biosecurity Workshops coming up. Register on-line for Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) workshops by clicking on the registration link below to find dates and locations that suit you.

Food Safety Workshop/ Webinars

Are you interested in formalizing your food safety program? Have your buyers requested your business be certified in food safety? These workshops and webinars are aimed at addressing food safety hazards from the horticultural perspective, and are most appropriate for those who do not yet have a certified food safety program in place. The workshops and webinars introduce food safety risks common to most farms and the good agricultural practices you can put in place to reduce or eliminate these risks. The workshop will get you started on building a plan and identifying what you need to implement on your farm. The risks and practices are broken into topics shown below.

For more detail or to register, visit:

Upcoming Workshop Dates, SPRING 2016: The in-person workshops are 2 days and cover a variety of areas on-farm where food safety risks can be the greatest.
January 11, 18, 2016, 10:00 am Markdale
January 18, 25, 2016, 10:00 am Elginburg
January 27, February 3, 2016, 10:00 am Ridgetown
January 27, 28, 2016, 10:00 am Thunder Bay
February 9, 16, 2016, 10:00 am Creemore
February 17, 24, 2016, 10:00 am Kemptville
February 26, March 4, 2016, 10:00 am Whitby

Upcoming Webinar Dates, SPRING 2016 (FRENCH): You must have a phone line and an internet connection in order to participate. Webinars cover the same topics as the in-person sessions, but in a 1 – 1.5 hour webinar for each topic.

Please check the website for future offerings of the webinars in English.
Amendements des sols December 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
Nettoyage et assainissement January 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Rappels et Tracabiliter January 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
Eau utilisée avant et après la récolte February 3, 2016, 7:00 pm
Lutte contre les insectes et animaux nuisibles, entretien des batiments et visiteurs February 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Pratique relatives aux travailleurs February, TBD

Traceability Workshops – Maximizing your Traceability Investment

This free one and a half day workshop focuses on how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line with your traceability system. Real life examples and business profiles focused on traceability best practices will be examined throughout the workshop.

At the end of the Maximizing your Traceability Investment Workshop you will be able to:
• Discover how to make your traceability investment work to your advantage
• Evaluate how you currently collect and manage Traceability information in your business
• Identify methods for improving your traceability system to gain added value through reduced costs, improved profit margins and increased market potential

For more detail or to register, visit:

Upcoming Workshop Dates, SPRING 2016:
January 22, 29, 2016, 10:00 am Ridgetown
January 27, February 3, 2016, 10:00 am Colborne
February 24, March 2, 2016, 10:00 am OMAFRA Simcoe
FRENCH – February 29, March 7, 2016, 10:00 am Sarsfield
March 3, 10, 2016, 10:00 am Spring Bay, Manitoulin
March 17, 24, 2016, 10:00 am Elora

Biosecurity Workshops

In this free, one-day commodity-specific workshop, an experienced veterinarian or certified crop advisor will show you the benefits of having an on-farm biosecurity program, and identify key practices, which will help you in increasing the biosecurity on your farm. Having a biosecurity program in place helps to protect the investment of your farm business.

For more detail or to register, visit:

Dairy Biosecurity January 8, 2016, 10:00 am Woodstock
Dairy Biosecurity (FRENCH) January 13, 2016, 10:00 am Casselman
Bee Biosecurity January 19, 2016, 10:00 am Ancaster Fairgrounds, Jerseyville
Poultry Biosecurity January 21, 2016, 10:00 am Listowel
Generic Livestock Biosecurity January 25, 2016, 10:00 am Thunder Bay
Generic Livestock Biosecurity January 26, 2016, 10:00 am Rainy River
Crop Biosecurity January 28, 2016, 10:00 am Carp (Eastern)
Crop Biosecurity January 29, 2016, 10:00 am Thunder Bay
Poultry Biosecurity February 1, 2016, 10:00 am Woodstock
Crop Biosecurity (FRENCH) February 3, 2016, 10:00 am Alfred
Crop Biosecurity February 11, 2016, 10:00 am Lindsay

Source: OMAFRA Ag Business Update

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