The following message was sent to me today and I thought it worthwhile to pass it on to our readers.



The South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) Food Hub is seeking farmers and food producers who are interested in being part of the SCOR Food Hub project.  The demand for Ontario food has never been stronger, with consumers applying pressure on retail, institutional, and foodservice operators to have an increase of local and regional options available.  In order to meet this demand at a competitive price, the SCOR Food Hub project is working to establish efficient and cost-effective ways of bringing more of Ontario’s diverse, high-quality products to these markets.

Anyone interested in supplying product or learning more about the opportunity should contact Bernia Wheaton, the Food Hub Project Manager at 226-921-5576 or email foodhub@scorregion.com or contact Art Lawson at gm@scorregion.com (519) 842-6333.

Bernia Wheaton

FoodHub Project Manager


P: 519-842-6333


The second annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition took place on February 19, 2014 at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Eight teams of commercial Ontario hop growers and brewers entered this year’s friendly competition seeking the coveted ‘Bottomless Cup’.

The winning teams were:

1st Place

Carolinian Hop Yard & The Blue Elephant


2nd Place

Nation Hops & Get Well Brewing

Nation Hops & Get Well Brewing


3rd Place

Slow Acres Organics & The Olde Stone Brewing Company

GOHCBC 2014 Winners – The Blue Elephant & Carolinian Hop Yard being presented with the ‘Bottomless Cup’.


The judges scored all the entries very highly, with the competition winner receiving one of the highest scores the head judge has given in his more than 20 years experience. We are also happy to report that the quality of the hops submitted for the hop rub was excellent, far surpassing last year’s entries. Local media has taken an interest and the competition profile is growing every year. Congratulations to everyone on highlighting Ontario-grown hops and Ontario-brewed beer!






We would like to thank the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention for hosting the competition, and our sponsor Goal Zero for making this event possible. This event is organized each year by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs.

To view all competitors from the 2014 competition, please visit the website at http://www.ONHops.ca.







Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingAs the temperatures  rise and the snow continues to melt, it’s time to start walking the hop yard and keeping an eye on plant growth stages while thinking about some spring management activities.

Table 1 provides a summary of hop plants by cultivar in the Simcoe research yard showing some evidence of growth (as of April 1, 2014).  Figure 1 provides a visual representation from the BBCH scale of the ‘sprouting’ growth stage and Figure 2 is a photo of sprouting ‘Hallertauer’ taken on April 1.   Continue Reading »

  • The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Pristine® Fungicide for suppression of downy mildew and control of powdery mildew in conventional hops production in Canada. Pristine® Fungicide was already labeled for management of diseases on other fruit, vegetables and ornamental crops in Canada.
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  • Are you interested in learning about the latest developments in the plant bioenergy sector?  This conference provides an excellent opportunity to hear from international experts on topics such as bioenergy from algal and plant systems to the economics and policies of developing a robust bioenergy sector.  This meeting will run from June 4th to 7th at the University of Guelph, and is the first time being held in Canada.  Additional information can be found at the conference website.

    4th Pan Am Bioenergy conference announcement

    Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingA summary of data collected from the Ontario hop trial was presented in the poster session at the 2014 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC).  The information is a summary of marketing and agronomic data collected during the 2013 growing season. More detailed information for each category of the study will be made available over the coming months, however, growers can click the following link to access a copy of the OFVC_hops poster.  Please note, the agronomic data summarized in the poster is based on the establishment year for the hop yard (replicated study – planted May, 2103 and harvested in August-September, 2013).  Laboratory analysis of hop components is currently underway and will be reported as soon as results are available.  The trial will continue for the 2014 and 2015 growing seasons.  Continued thanks to all project partners and funders (OMAF and MRA New Directions Research Program and field staff, University of Guelph, Loyalist College, Ontario Craft Brewers, Erie Innovation and Commercialization, individual Ontario hop growers (prior to formation of the OHGA)).

    OHGA LogoIt may not look like spring outside, but planning for the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association’s  annual ‘Spring Educational’  is well underway to usher in the 2014 growing season.  This year the Spring Educational will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 9am – 5:30pm at the Durham College – Whitby Campus (1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Ontario).

    For full details, please view the OHGA 2014 Spring Educational flyer or visit the events section of the website.


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