Research into Action: How do farmers access the latest in research findings?

The University of Guelph is conducting a survey of Essex County agricultural growers to understand how information sharing between researchers and producers works and if there are ways it can be improved.

It is important that information developed by universities, government and other organizations be widely available and useful to producers. Ideas presented should be applicable to local conditions and practical for landowners to implement. The Essex Agricultural Survey is being conducted on behalf of Agri-Food and Rural Link, the Knowledge Translation and Transfer program funded under the OMAFRA/University of Guelph Partnership. This program is focussed on accelerating the transfer of research into practical use in Ontario communities.

An online questionnaire is now available and will be open until January 28th.  If you farm in Essex County, your input is very important, so please take some time to provide your experiences and ideas. This survey will only take approximately 15 minutes of your time and all responses will remain anonymous and confidential.

Go directly to the survey or access it through the University of Guelph Agri-Food and Rural Link website.

For more information on the survey or a to obtain a copy of the questionnaire please contact:
Logan Juffermans, University of Guelph
Phone: 519-826-3801; Fax: 519-826-3841

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention: Field vegetable program

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held at Brock University in St. Catharines on February 23-24, 2011.  For full details, visit the convention website.  The field vegetable program spans the two days.  We have an exciting line-up of speakers planned (see program).  Here are some highlights: Continue reading Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention: Field vegetable program

Four season high tunnel vegetable production workshop in Ohio

If interested, you’ll want to register today for the Ohio “Four Season High Tunnel Vegetable Production” Workshop. The program will be held 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant (720 State Route 97 West) in Bellville, Ohio (at exit 165 on I-71, 45 minutes north of Columbus).

The program will emphasize principles and practices for using high tunnels effectively, especially year-round. Whether they use high tunnels primarily to lengthen main-season growing and marketing periods or also to supply product for increasing markets through the fall and winter, all growers stand to benefit from this program. Continue reading Four season high tunnel vegetable production workshop in Ohio

High tunnel and season extension webinars: recorded versions now online

OMAFRA participated with the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group in providing a series of webinars on high tunnels and season extension for vegetable crops.  If you were unable to participate interactively in the live webinars, you can view the recordings of the webinars online.  Visit for links to the recordings and to the handouts.  You can also see the agenda for each session.  This is also handy for those who participated and want to review some of the content.

Information for commercial vegetable production in Ontario